What’s an electrical installation condition report (EICR) and how does it affect my electrical installation


A electrical installation condition report (EICR) is a bit like an MOT for your houses or flats electrical installations London. It covers everything, from the main cable supplying the property right down to the light bulb in your loft/attic. By law you need your car to have its MOT renewed every year; however it is only a recommendation at present under the current wiring regulations BS7671 that; the maximum advisable period between inspections is 10 years for domestic premises. It is even less for commercial and industrial installations and if the electrical installation condition report spots something that is showing signs of wear and tear this 10 years can be significantly reduced.

You’d want to know when your car tyres were coming to the end of their useful life so likewise you should with your electrical installation. As HSE state;

“around 1,000 electrical accidents at work are reported to HSE each year and about 25 people die of their injuries”

Granted most of these occur at work but a proportion are within the home. Sadly, people do die within their home due to poorly maintained electrical installations in London and it is not confined to commercial/industrial electrical installations, this is a common misconception.

If you have a electrical installation condition report (EICR) undertaken; bear in mind that it may state you need to rewire your complete electrical installation, if the result is that bad. Whilst electrical installations do not generally need rewiring that often, if the house or flat has not been rewired within the last 50 odd years then sadly, you shouldn’t expect any cheap fixes. Electrical installations are a complex and time consuming aspect of your home that require a specialist to design, construct and certify.

A fully qualified electrician is required and it is certainly not a job for the DIY enthusiast, no matter how well intended. We will do our best to avoid this but if you have cloth or pitted rubber insulation around your existing cables then the prognosis is not good. Do not let this put you off having an electrical installation condition report (EICR) as it is certainly the case that “the better the devil you know than you don’t”. More often than not, what appears in an electrical installation condition report is easily rectified, providing you instruct honest and reputable qualified electricians, like ourselves to do electrical installations in London.

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