An Electrical Safety Certificate can be called many things, EICR, fixed wire test, landlords electrical check to name a few.
So just what does this Electrical safety Certificate involve, how much does it cost and what does it do?
The EICR normally comprises 8 pages and should give the customer a good detailed understanding of the condition of the wiring in the property.
It will highlight any deviations from BS7671 and list any faults into sections depending on their urgency.
A lot more detailed than a visual condition report, it involves the inspector taking apart the consumer unit and an agreed number of accessories and checking the condition of the wiring both visually and using a range of test meters.
How often should an Electrical Safety Certificate be undertaken? well, they may be carried out as a result of selling or buying a property, when renting a property to ensure the wiring is safe for tenants.
A typical Inspection would cover 100% of the consumer unit and 25% of accessories in the property. Limitations should be set out such as no inspection of accessories over 2.5M high. Cables concealed within the general fabric of the building have not been visually inspected etc.
How much does an Electrical Safety Certificate cost? prices vary by region and the size of the property, expect to pay from £90 to £120 for a typical 2 bedroom house.
The EICR will generate a summary of the condition of the installation along with a list of codes if applicable.
Generally, Code1 defects indicate that danger exists now and should be rectified accordingly.
Code1 defects present means the installation is in an unsatisfactory condition.
Code2 defects indicate that whilst not giving an immediate risk of danger in the event of a fault or unforeseeable event danger could arise to the user and the electrical installation. Code2 defects present means the installation is in an unsatisfactory condition.
Code3 items mean the observed condition is not considered dangerous at present or in the event of a fault but improvement would enhance the installation.
Always choose a qualified Electrician to carry out the safety check.
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