Electrical Testing and Electrical Installation Condition Reports in Cheltenham & Gloucester
At Livewire Electrical we have years of experience in testing both houses and commercial premises and we provide a reliable and comprehensive inspection and testing service to all of our customers.
Whether you are buying a new home or ensuring that your business premises are electrically safe. We have the ability to provide Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) as well as landlord certificates, also known as Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
We pride ourselves in carrying out all our electrical testing to a high standard at a fair and competitive price, without any hidden costs.
All our work is carried out in accordance with the BS 7671:2008 by competent and fully qualified electrician.
Whether you are looking for Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for your home, business, or let property – we can help.
All of our electricians in Cheltenham and Gloucester are City & Guild qualified and Part P registered installers.
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations.
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
Previously called a (PIR) Periodic Inspection Report / Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate / Electrical Safety Certificate.
How often do I need an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
- Prior to purchasing a house to confirm the condition of the electrics and uncover any unforeseen – problems / faults / safety issues / failures to meet regulations. This could save you a lot of money and identify faulty DIY electrical work.
- Selling a property – The next buyer / mortgage lender may require an EICR to confirm the condition of the electrics
- Change of tenancy for rented properties and premises
- Private homes should be tested every 10 years
- Rental homes every 5 years, or with the change of every tenant
- Change of use of premises
- To verify continued compliance with BS 7671
- To have an “Electrical MOT of your home” – It will reveal any potential problem and dangerous electrics.
- To comply with insurance companies and not void your insurance
From July 1st 2020 it is now law for landlords to have an EICR report carried out when necessary.
Insurers will not cover you, if you have not maintained the electrical safety and have an in-date satisfactory, Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
It is recommended by the IET that fixed electrical installations should be inspected & tested at least once every five years, dependent on the type of installation and business practice, by a qualified electrician. If any faults are detected these should be remedied as soon as possible. You need a current Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) in order to meet your health and safety requirements and comply with:
- Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006
What is done during an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
- An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an in-depth inspection and test of an existing electrical installation and is reported on a form that complies with the current wiring regulations, BS7671:2008 as amended in 2011.
- All of the accessible electrical accessories (socket outlets, switches, etc.) are visually inspected, with 10% of them being inspected internally. This means that the accessories are opened up to expose the wiring and terminals to establish if there is anything to suggest poor installation or quality of materials.
- The installation is also inspected for the presence of bonding conductors, the correct type and location of switchgear and that the installation is being used correctly.
- A detailed test follows, where a range of tests are carried out on each circuit to determine that the safety measures that have been put in place will operate correctly in fault conditions. This includes determining that the earth fault path is effective enough to result in automatic disconnection of the supply in the event of a fault, that the wiring is in good condition and that the residual current device (RCD) operates quickly enough to avoid any danger to the users of the installation.
- As well as checking the condition of the installation, an EICR produces information that would be invaluable to anyone wishing to carry out any work on the installation at a later date.
What do we charge for an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
- We charge £195 per single phase mains and all the circuits included
- This will give you a 6-page detailed report and will be visually and physically tested. All, if any discovered problems tested will be listed in importance of danger.
- If any failures are listed, we will provide a FREE, no obligation quotation to correct them. Once rectified issue a Satisfactory EICR
There is a difference between an electrician and a qualified inspector. Some regulated electricians don’t even have the testing and inspection qualifications and are not approved for this level of work!
Many contractors carry out these tests & reports from the comfort of their van. They are known within the trade as drive by tests.
Make sure your getting the right report. An Electrical Installation Condition Report / landlords safety certificate / electrical safety certificate is not a visual inspection.
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We also offer PAT testing services in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Please see our dedicated PAT testing under our services.
What is PAT Testing?
Portable Appliance Testing or PAT Testing is the process of checking electrical appliances for safety through a series of visual inspections and electronic tests.
Why do I need to have my appliances tested?
The best way of ensuring that your appliances are safe is to have a PAT test carried out on them. This is a good way for landlord to ensure that they are meeting their legal obligations to maintain high standards of electrical safety in their rented property.
Whatever your individual or business electrical requirements are, you can count on us for a reliable, professional electrician in Cheltenham and Gloucester.
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Our Quality Assurance
Regardless of the project size we always aim to deliver on time, on budget and install to the highest quality from first fix to completion.
All our work is designed, installed, tested & inspected in accordance with the latest British Standards BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations.
We are also Part P approved so you can have complete peace of mind when your electrics are completed by Livewire Electrical.