Domestic & Commercial EICR Electrical Certificate Tests in Durham
An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is a survey and report that checks that a building's electrical system is safe, and that fixtures are appropriate for that property. We provide EICR in Durham for both domestic and commercial properties.
With the regulations introduced in 2020, landlords of domestic rental properties are required to have an EICR in place, and must ensure the EICR is renewed every 5 years to ensure the safety of the tenants. Employers are also advised to have an EICR in place for their workplaces, renewed every 5 years to ensure employee safety, however this is not currently a legislative requirement.
For homeowners, the national standard for electric installations (BS7671) recommends having an EICR carried out then renewed at least every 10 years, especially if you are moving into a new home, your insurance requires it, or if you have suspicions that the current electrics are faulty or old. Properties with swimming pools are advised to commission EICRs annually.
There are a few situations where a rental property may be exempt from needing an EICR. More details on exemptions.
The only electrical appliances checked during the EICR survey are those that are permanently installed in the property, such as wall outlets and permanent light fixtures; it does not include non-permanent appliances, such as TVs, refrigerators, cookers, and so on, which fall under PAT testing.
Our professional and fully trained EICR assessors conduct the survey. Before the process begins, it helps, and in some cases is required, to provide floor plans, a count of all the fixtures in the property, and an understanding of the property's circuitry. After the assessment, the EICR will be created and delivered after a few days of administration.
The EICR itself has categories under which the various elements of the properties electrical system will be rated, if of concern
- C1- Danger present
- C2- Potentially dangerous
- C3- Improvement recommended
- F1- Further investigation neeeded
If the EICR assessor finds things that need to be repaired, for small jobs they may be able to do the work on the day (subject to your approval). For more extensive work we can provide a quote for the work alongside the EICR. The standard time allowance for repairs is 28 days, but this may vary depending on urgency and danger. If the property has tenants and the problem is not resolved, landlords may face penalties.
We provide many services relating to property safety and certification for homeowners and landlords in Durham, as well as the surrounding area and most other parts of the country. We ensure that all processes are simple and efficient, and we take pride in our employees and in our high levels of customer service. If you want to book any of our Durham property services, or simply need some advice, please contact us right away!
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