What does an Electrical Installation Condition Report involve?
The inspection will:
- show if any of electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
- reveal any poor electrical work
- discover any potential safety risks such as electrical shocks
- establish the adequacy of earthing or bonding
- check the serviceability of equipment
- determine the extent of any wear and tear and damage
Detailed Overview of an EICR
On the day of our appointment at your property, we will carry out various tests in order to issue you with the required Electrical Installation Condition Report. Below is a list of the individual procedures they perform:
We will firstly look around the property to visually identify any immediate faults/problems.
Continuity testing – this is to test whether there are any badly connected conductors (wires);
Insulation resistance testing – this is to test whether the electrical insulation material which surrounds the conductors, are intact;
Polarity – this is the test whether the connection is connected in the correct sequence;
Earthing arrangement testing – this is test whether the earthing arrangement complies with current regulations and that all the connections are safe and satisfactory.
Earth fault loop impedance testing – this is to test whether the disconnection time, should a fault occur, disconnects within the time limits specified within current regulations. These time limits will be calculated based on your specific installation.
RCD testing – RCDs and RCBOs are fitted in all modern electrical installations. They react if anything goes wrong within the circuits they are installed for, i.e. if someone is getting an electric shock the RCD will break the circuit in order to stop the electricity flow.
We will use Codes to determine whether there are non-compliances or issues with the electrical installation and are numbered C1, C2 & C3. We will enter these codes within the Electrical Report with a description of the nature of the fault and will determine whether a ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ report will be issued for the installation.
Code C1 – Danger present – This means that there is a risk of injury and will require immediate remedial works in order to remove the danger.
Code C2 – Potentially Dangerous Condition – This will require urgent remedial works but will only state the nature of the problem, not the remedial work required.
Code C3 – Improvement Recommended – Although this code states that the installation is safe, it still may mean that remedial works could improve the safety of the installation.