EICR - Electrical Installation Condition Report
Formally a periodic inspection report (PIR) the purpose of our condition reports provide an in-depth review and test of all your properties electrical circuits, highlighting where any serious safety and fire issues may appear in the future or at present.
The safety of your properties electrical installation is often overlooked and dismissed because iminent safety faults may not be easy to see.
We can also provide invaluable information on the condition of the electrics in a property you are about to purchase, we can even give a general guide to the remaining life, saving any future shocks when if needing to rewire when you move into your property.
How old is your wiring?
Faulty and aging wiring is one of the major causes of electrical fires in the home. You can avoid these by having regular checks carried out on the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories. There are clear signs that can help you tell the age of electrical installations in your home. These are:
- Cables coated in black rubber (phased out in the 1960s);
- Cables coated in lead or fabric (before the 1960s);
- A fusebox with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a haphazard mixture of fuse boxes (before the 1960s);
- Older round pin sockets and round light switches, braided flex hanging from ceiling roses, brown and black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards (before the 1960s); and
- Wall-mounted light switches in bathrooms (before the 1960s).
Electrical dangers around the home
Electricity improves our daily lives - but only when used safely. Don’t create hazards by overloading sockets, and never ignore warning signs like burning smells, sounds of arcing (buzzing or crackling), fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping. Electrical accidents are most likely to happen when equipment is damaged or misused. Failure to correct the problem could have devastating effects. This sounds like common sense, but you would be surprised how many of us fail to follow basic safety guidelines.