EICR Reports in Dumbarton
We carry out EICR reports in Dumbarton & all surrounding areas. All of our engineers are NICEIC Approved & have extensive experience to safely carry out both electrical and visual testing.
They will be able to identify any potential dangers or defects in your property which could lead to harm or injury to employees, tenants or occupants.
If you are looking for an EICR in Dumbarton to be conducted by a company that’s both affordable & professional, please get in touch.
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Testing & Reports
Why choose us:
- NICEIC Approved
- Low Prices
- Experienced engineers
- Flexible service
- Fast response
- Fully insured
All properties tested:
- Industrial properties
- Commercial premises
- Rented / Landlords
- Airbnb / Holiday lets
- Public buildings
Frequently Asked Questions
EICR: Useful info…
What is an EICR or Electrical Installation Condition Report?
EICR reports are used to help landlords, offices, factories, churches, housing associations and letting agents check that they are compliant with Electricity at Work 1989 regulations & Housing (Scotland) Act 2006.
Previously called a Periodic Inspection Report, an EICR is used to test electrical installations for faulty wiring, accessories & bad workmanship. The purpose is to ensure that all electrical installations meet the safety standards outlined in BS7671.
It’s also recommended for EICR reports to be conducted on domestic properties.
If you have any questions about an EICR in Dumbarton, please get in touch.
Why is an EICR important?
Firstly, you cannot see electricity. Also, most of the time, you can’t even view the cables or conduits that are carrying the electricity. Wiring is usually hidden inside walls, and consumer units are located in cupboards, which means that they are usually not visible.
Also, electrical components will deteriorate over time but most people don’t even realise they should be checked.
Old, faulty wiring is one of the leading causes of electrical fires in homes & businesses in Scotland. An up to date EICR report gives you total peace of mind that everything is working safely (and will find any faults).
If you have any questions about an EICR in Dumbarton, or whether you need one, please get in touch.
Who needs to have an EICR?
Buildings owned by local authorities, private landlords or housing associations all need to have EICR reports. Industrial and commercial properties are also typical of the properties that fall under EICR guidelines.
It’s also advisable for domestic houses & flats to have an EICR, although it’s not yet required by law.
If you’re in Dumbarton, and unsure as to whether you should have an EICR, please get in touch.
How often do EICR tests need to take place?
Guidelines for the frequency of EICR testing:
- Rented or buy-to-let properties: every 5 years & prior to new tenants moving in.
- Commercial installations: every 5 years or at change of occupancy.
- Offices, Retail shops, Churches: every 5 years.
- Industrial installations & laboratories: every 3 years.
- Caravans: every 3 years.
- Swimming Pools: every year.
- Domestic homes: every 10 years & prior to sale of property (this does not apply to rented accommodation…see above).
However, the above is only a guideline and the frequency will depend on a number of other factors e.g. the age & quality of the electrical installation, who is using it and how often, guidance from the manufacturer and how well the equipment has been maintained.
If you’re in Dumbarton, and would like to discuss whether or not an EICR is required, please contact us.
What happens in an EICR inspection?
The following tests should take place in a professional EICR report:
- Check if bonding and earthing complies with current regulations.
- Perform test for equipment overloads
- Test for potential fire or shock hazards
- Checking for defective electrical installations
- Visual inspection of accessories.
- Test equipment is safe.
- Test and inspect of distribution equipment.
- Advise on immediate issues onsite.
- Preparation and completion of EICR report and findings.
- Advised remedial works coding schedule.
- Client discussion to explain report and findings.
We carry out EICR inspections across Dumbarton. Just contact us to arrange a test.
What are the potential outcomes of an EICR test?
After the test has been completed, the testing engineer should produce a detailed report. This will detail damages, deterioration, defects or other dangerous conditions. It will also indicate if anything falls short of the current safety standards that may put people at risk. A good engineer should also talk you through the report, to ensure you understand all the points.
If the EICR test comes back as negative, the EICR will be classed as “unsatisfactory.” This means that work needs to be done, immediately, to remove the risk to those living or working in the property. As well as returning an “unsatisfactory” result, the electrical system(s) which failed the test will be specifically detailed. Remedial work required is classified using the following codes:
- C1 – ‘danger is present’, risk of injury is likely and immediate action is required.
- C2 – potentially dangerous and remedial action is needed urgently.
- C3 – improvement to your electrical system is recommended. C3 is the only classification code that can appear on a report and still pass the EICR test.
- FI – further investigation required.
When your electrical system has passed the inspection, and any urgent remedial work has been completed, you will be provided with a “satisfactory” EICR report. Firstly, this gives you peace of mind about the safety of your electrics. It is also important for your business to keep a copy of this report safe, in case you need it in the future.
If you need an EICR report in Dumbarton, just contact us to book a test.
Are EICR reports required by law?
Not yet. Currently, there isn’t any legislation that specifically requires homeowners, businesses or landlords to have an EICR report. However, laws such as the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 and Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 lists the responsibilities that landlords and employers have with regards to the safety of tenants and employees respectively.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 also requires that measures are taken against the risk of injury sustained from electricity used in work activities.
Insurance companies are also increasingly asking for proof that routine maintenance, including EICR reports, have been conducted before a claim can be processed. Failure to have the proper reports could result in a reduced payout or none at all.
The exception is rental property. Electrical Safety Certificates (which include an EICR + PAT Testing certificates) are mandatory before any property can be let.
To arrange an EICR report in Dumbarton, please get in touch.
Do landlords in Dumbarton need an EICR?
Yes. By law, all rented properties in Dumbarton (and across Scotland) need to have an Electrical Safety Certificate.
The Electrical Safety Certificate has two components:
- EICR / Electrical Installation Condition Report. A new EICR is required whenever the tenancy changes & at least every 5 years.
- Portable Appliance Test / PATIn the case of rented accommodation, Electrical Safety Certificates (which include Portable Appliance Testing / PAT Testing certificates) are mandatory before the property can be let.
Visit this link for more information on Landlords Electrical Safety Certificates.
To arrange an EICR report in Dumbarton, or to ask any questions, please get in touch.
Electrical Installation Condition Reports
We conduct EICR reports all over Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire & the surrounding area, including:
0141 357 3557
0131 235 2909
7 Thornwood Rd,
Glasgow, G11 7RA