Inspection & Testing
Greys Electrical go above and beyond when carrying out inspection and testing for your home or business. We are NAPIT approved, meaning that we have the qualifications and experience to ensure your electrical installation is safe and secure.
Greys Electrical supply a wide range of electrical inspection & testing services. These range from the inspection of one distribution board to top-to-bottom testing of complex electrical systems.
It can be tricky to stay up to date with the relevant legal requirements and keep all equipment operating safely but we are here to simplify this for you.
With many years’ experience behind us, we have the specialist knowledge to deal with inspections, testing and certification, with a service that is designed around the specific needs of performance venues. We can advise you on what should be tested and how often, as well as helping you to create a cost-effective plan to keep your home or business compliant and safe.
Our fixed wire EICR electrical inspection examines everything from the distribution board supplying your home or business to the outgoing circuits within them. After our visit, we provide you with a detailed report highlighting our observations and any defects found.
For larger electrical installations, we can recommend a year-on-year testing sequence to ensure compliance with BS7671. Greys Electrical are a member of NAPIT and we issue test certification for all electrical contracting works to meet membership requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that our customers often have a number of questions when it comes to having an EICR completed. As such, we have listed the most common questions and their answers below. If you have a questions that isn’t listed, then please feel free to call us on 07538 152 127, or send us a message via our contact is page.
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is a report which describes the state of an existing electrical installation in relation to its safety and suitability for continued use.
Do I need an EICR?
The Wiring Regulations BS7671 (regulation 135.1) state that every home should have an EICR to ensure that the electrics are safe to use.
In England, it is a legal requirement for all private residential landlords to have a ‘Satisfactory’ EICR on rented properties from April 2021.
In Wales, an EICR is recommended. However, landlords are expected to provide a safe property throughout the tenancy and could be considered negligent if they fail to ensure that the electrical installation is in a ‘Satisfactory’ condition.
How often do I need an EICR?
EICRs are generally valid for up to 5yrs or until change of occupancy/ownership, provided that they describe the system as ‘Satisfactory’.
The Electrical Wiring Regulations (BS7671), Regulation 652.1, states that the person undertaking the EICR should determine how soon the next EICR is done, based on the findings of their inspection and testing as well as comments on any previous EICR.
What do the results mean?
If the overall result states “SATISFACTORY”, then the system is considered to be in a good working condition and is safe to use for the amount of time stated on the certificate. This could be up to 5yrs or on change of occupancy/ownership whichever is sooner.
If the overall result states “UNSATISFACTORY”, then the system is not in a safe condition and remedial work should be undertaken either immediately (if required) or within 28 days.
The EICR will have a page listing the individual findings. Each item on the list will be coded either C1, C2, C3, FI or N/A.
C1 (Code 1) = Danger Present – immediate action required.
C2 (Code 2) = Could become dangerous at any point – action required within 28days.
C3 (Code 3) = Not compliant with current regulations – improvement is recommended.
FI (Further Investigation) = Cannot be deemed safe until further investigation is done.
N/A = An issue identified that is not applicable to the wiring regulations but worthy of noting. For example, a light switch installed upside down or an exposed cable that is not connected to the electrical system or a light bulb that requires replacing etc.
Any C1 will result in an overall “UNSATISFACTORY” certificate and should be corrected immediately. If this is not possible, the system should not be used until it is corrected.
Any C2 will result in an overall “UNSATISFACTORY” certificate and should be corrected within 28 days.
An FI requires further investigation which is not within the scope of the EICR assessment and could result in an “UNSATISFACTORY” certificate depending on the nature of the issue requiring further investigation. The identified problem should be investigated further within 28 days
A “SATISFACTORY” certificate may contain any number of C3 or N/A listed items.