EICR Testing Edinburgh
As NICEIC Approved electrical contractors, we are fully qualified to conduct Electrical Installation Condition Reports reports in Edinburgh & across East & West Lothian.
Working across Edinburgh, all our engineers have extensive experience to safely execute both electrical and visual testing. They will be able to identify any potential dangers or defects in the premises which could lead to harm or injury to employees, tenants and occupants.
If you are looking for an EICR in Edinburgh to be conducted by a company that’s both professional & affordable, please get in touch.
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Why choose us:
- NICEIC Approved
- Experienced engineers
- Fast response
- Flexible service
- Fully insured
- Competitive rates
All properties tested:
- Commercial premises
- Rented / Landlords
- Public buildings
Frequently Asked Questions
EICR: Info you may need to know
What is an EICR or Electrical Installation Condition Report?
EICR reports are used to check landlords, offices, factories, churches, housing associations and letting agents are staying 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 defective wiring, accessories or poor workmanship. The aim is to confirm that all electrical installations meet safety standards for the current BS7671.
If you have any questions about an EICR in Edinburgh, please get in touch.
Why is an EICR important?
It’s impossible to see electricity and, in many cases, you cannot view the conduits or cables that are using electricity. Cables are often hidden inside walls, and consumer units are located in cupboards, which means that they are not always visible.
Electrical components will also deteriorate over time & most people will forget to check them,.
Faulty and old wiring is one of the main causes of electrical fires in homes & businesses. You can reduce the risk of fire by regularly checking your cables, switches and sockets, to see that they are in good condition.
If you have any questions about an EICR in Edinburgh, or whether you need one, please get in touch.
Who needs to have an EICR
Properties owned by local authorities, private landlords or housing associations, commercial and industrial properties, are typical of the properties that fall into EICR guidelines.
If you’re in Edinburgh, and unsure as to whether you need 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.
- Industrial installations & laboratories: every 3 years.
- Offices, Retail shops, Churches: every 5 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 just a guideline and the frequency will depend on a number of other factors e.g. the quality & age of the installation, who is using it and how often, guidance from the manufacturer and how well the equipment is maintained.
If you’re in Edinburgh, and would like ao discuss whether or not an EICR is required, please contact us.
What happens in an EICR inspection?
- 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 Edinburgh. Just contact us to arrange a test.
What are the potential outcomes of an EICR test?
After the test has been completed, our testing engineer will produce a 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.
If the EICR test comes back as negative, the EICR will be classed as “unsatisfactory.” This means that work needs to be done, imnmediately, to remove the risk to those living or working at the property. As well as returning an “unsatisfactory” result, the report will specifically detail which electrical system(s) failed the test. 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.
Once your electrical system has passed the inspection, and any urgent remedial work has been completed, you will be provided with a “satisfactory” EICR report. While this gives you peace of mind about the safety of your electrics, it is important for your business to keep a copy of this report safe, in case you need it in the future.
We carry out EICR tests across Edinburgh. Just contact us to book a test.
Are EICR reports required by law?
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 detail the responsibilities that landlords and employers have with regards to the safety of tenants and employees respectively.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 also require 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 is processed. Failure to have the proper reports could result in a reduced payout or none at all.
In the case of rented properties, Electrical Safety Certificates (which include Portable Appliance Testing / PAT Testing certificates) are mandatory before the property can be let.
To arrange an EICR report in Edinburgh, please get in touch.
Do Edinburgh landlords need an EICR?
By law, all rented properties in Edinburgh (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 Edinburgh, or to ask any questions, please get in touch.
Electrical Installation Condition Reports
We conduct EICR reports all over Edinburgh, including:
- Edinburgh New Town & Old Town
- Morningside & Bruntsfield
- Newington & Southbridge
- Corstorphine & Davidson Mains
- Newington, Fairmilehead, Straiton
0141 357 3557
0131 235 2909
7 Thornwood Rd,
Glasgow, G11 7RA
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