Electrical Testing & Inspection

As an NIC EIC approved electrical contractor, we can provide testing, inspecting and certification services.

What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report? (EICR)

Our electricians can perform an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) to your business or property.  These reports have replaced the old Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) and comprise of an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation.  It identifies, by listing observations and defects, against the Requirements for Electrical Installations British Standard, BS7671.  This is accomplished by carrying out a series of tests, both visual and with the use of calibrated test equipment, to make sure the electrical installation(s) continues to conform to the national safety standard. An Electrical Installation Condition report will:

  • Bring to attention any immediately dangerous conditions.
  • Discover any electrical circuits or equipment that is overloaded.
  • Locate any potential electric shock or fire hazards.
  • Highlight the lack of protective earthing and/or bonding.
  • Identify any defective electrical work.
  • Provide a circuit schedule (invaluable to any installation)

Why an Electrical Installation Condition Report is recommended?

Electrical installations deteriorate over time and many installations have been added to or altered by, unskilled persons. This can create hazards which, in turn, can create a risk of danger to people and fire hazards to property. It is important to keep a record of the installations integrity so as to reduce the risk of harm to occupants/employees/members of the public and to satisfy the requirements of insurance companies. If an installation has no certification you cannot prove that it is safe!

How often is an Electrical Installation Condition Report required? 

An electrical installation should be tested at a maximum period of every:

  • 10 years or change of occupancy for households, domestic dwellings.
  • 5 years for commercial sectors (offices, shops, hospitals, schools)
  • 3 years for industrial sectors
  • 1 year for any special locations such as swimming pools, petrol stations, medical locations.

Other circumstances when an electrical installation condition report should be carried out are:

  • When a premises is being prepared for letting purposes.
  • Before the sale of a property or when purchasing a previously occupied property.

At Whitton Electrical all of our electricians are City & Guild qualified, experienced and regularly assessed. They will check the installation against the British Standard for wiring regulations to ensure you are made aware of any potential electrical hazards.

The condition report takes into account all the relevant circumstances and includes the following:

  • The adequacy of earthing and bonding of the main services, water, gas and also structural steel work.
  • The suitability and functionality of switch and control gear.
  • The condition of the sockets, switches and light fittings.
  • The type of earthing system and its condition.
  • The testing of Residual Current Devices (RCD) which are a requirement to be installed on most new installations.  They provide additional protection for sockets, lighting, special locations and cables concealed within the walls.
  • The presence of adequate identification and warning/informative notices.
  • The extent of damage, wear and tear or other deterioration.
  • The additions or alterations to a premises which have led to, or could possibly lead to, problematic wiring.

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