What is it and how do you prepare?
So you need to get an EICR conducted on your home or rental property. You probably have a few questions about what’s going to happen, how this will affect any occupiers of the property and what can be done to prepare. Fear not, I have prepared a short guide to get you up to speed and make the whole process stress free.
What is an EICR?
It is a test and inspection of your home’s electrical installation to see if it is safe. There are 2 possible outcomes: SATISFACTORY OR UNSATISFACTORY. The latter comes with a list of observations which highlight any deficiencies. Each observation will be graded C1, C2 or C3. C1 and C2 gradings will need to be remedied before a SATISFACTORY result can be given. The property owner will be given the report at the end of the EICR and work with the Electrician to rectify any issues.
Preparing for an EICR
An EICR takes several hours and requires the power to be switched on and off frequently. This will result in disruption to services like broadband, WIFI and mean appliances like cookers, electric showers, washing machines will be turned off and unusable. Your freezer contents will be fine for up to a day provided it is not opened.
Things to do before the engineer arrives:
- Give the occupants of the house warning that power will be disrupted
- Remove any items from around the fuse board/consumer unit
- Clear as much access as possible to the plug sockets
- Unplug as many items as possible
- Think about any electrical problems you have encountered and let the engineer know about them before he/she starts testing
When the EICR is complete the electrician will compile the report and give it to the homeowner or Landlord with a list of recommendations.