Your Guide to EICR Periodic Inspection

If you’ve been told your home needs a periodic inspection as part of an EICR you may feel confused and wondering as to what it is. Well, worry no more, because here at RML Electrical we like to make all our work jargon-free, so we’re going to spend some time explaining what it is.

So, what are EICR Periodic Inspections?

As you can imagine, electrical installations, including fuse boxes, wiring and switches don’t last forever. In time, they wear out, and it’s at this point that you are in danger, because old, faulty wiring can cause life-threatening accidents. You may not have had one before, but perhaps you’ve now moved into a new property which is quite old, or you’ve moved into a new rented house or flat which requires an EICR from your landlords.

The EICR and periodic testing is basically a series of safety checks on your electrical installations to see if they are working adequately and whether or not they need replacement or repair.

Once these safety checks have been carried out you will be issued with the EICR which stands for Electrical Condition Report. This periodic inspection is carried out on a domestic or commercial property, and will include the following:

  • Lack of earthing or bonding

  • Identify anything which could cause a shock or create a fire hazard

  • Identify electrical circuits which are overloaded.

There will also be tests carried out on the wiring and any fixed equipment to see whether they’re safe to use. Your report will then tell you what needs replacing or repairing, and it will then be up to you to do something about it if you own your property, or if you’re the tenant, your landlord.

When should you have an EICR carried out?

If you own your own home, then you will need to have this test carried out every 10 years. If you own a property which you rent out, then you’ll need to have this carried out each time you have a new tenant or every 5 years. If you run a business, then it’s every 5 years.

RML Electrical For EICR – Reliable, Qualified and Registered

By making sure you test your electrical installation you will have peace of mind knowing your home is safe to live in. Shoddy electrical installations with faulty or frayed wiring can cause serious accidents such as shocks, fires and even death. It’s up to you to take the initiative and make sure your property is safe. Now you know what it is and what it entails, you’ll be able to make sure your home has one, and if you’re looking for a reputable, safe and reliable electrician who are registered as competent to carry out these tests, then look no further than RML Electrical. We’re here to help and we’re ready to take your call, so pick up the phone, drop us a line or pop in to see us.

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