Periodic Testing, Fixed Wire Testing & EICR Reports

Compass Electrical & Testing can provide expert electrical testing for domestic, commercial or industrial premises.

These tests are now known as an EICR which stands for Electrical Installation Inspection Report ( formally a Periodic Electrical Test)

We have 10 years experience throughout the country with clients ranging from the NHS Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham  to the Post Office & Leicester Shires Shopping Centre.

Domestic EICR`s start from £ 90 for a 1 bedroom flat or similar.

Commercial & Industrial EICR`s are usually priced on a per circuit basis & we will be happy to provide a no obligation site visit and quote.

What is an EICR?

Our experts will test your property or installation and produce a report to asses and highlight current or future problems and deviations from the current version of the BS7671 electrical regulations.

Who can carry out a EICR?

All our operatives are fully City & Guilds level 3  & 3931 Ipection and testing qualified.

Regulations require and EICR should only be carried out by a competent electrician with the neccessary experience and in depth knowledge of the type of installation he or she is testing

What  can you expect during the EICR?

During the test the electrical supply to the installation will need to be turned off. This will only be done with the permission of the client , in commercial & industrial premises this my need to be done after hours by arrangement with the client.

In domestic properties our operatives will need full access to plus sockets and outlets which will all need to be removed. Any essential circuits ie. alarms , fridge freezer etc will be double checked and re energised.

The power will only be off for part of the testing process.

Why is an EICR needed?

Whilst an EICR is not legally required in a domestic property BS7671 recommends a safety electrical test is carried out every 10 years as a minimum. Also solictors and estate agents will require an EICR be carried out if you are selling your property. An EICR will also keep your property up to date with modern electrical requirements such as RCD protection.

For rented properties it is a legal requirement in some areas and most letting agents will require copies of an up to date EICR before a tenant moves in.

You can be held legally liable if you rent out an electrically unsafe property and there is resulting injury.

House of Multiple Occupacy (hmo`s) have a statutary requirement to be  electrically tested at least every 5 years.

It is a statutory requirement that commercial properties and properties where the public have access; are regularly checked and that an EICR is perform on the electrical services. The period between inspections is determined by the function and the use of the building.

Commercial Industrial building should usually be tested every 5 years although this can be shorter depending on use.

Most insurers now require industrial building to be tested evry 3 years

What your EICR involves

Firstly a visual inspection will be carried out before the start of any testing.The visual inspection will highlight broken or cracked devices, if devices may have been installed in the wrong location, or if there has been any overloading or overheating of circuits of fixed equipment.

Live testing

  • Earth fault loop impedance testing: this test is to check that if a fault did occur, that the system meets requirements to cause a disconnection of the supply within the time limit specified

  • RCD testing: on modern electrical systems RCD’s and RCBO’s are regularly fitted, these devices react to electricity leaking from the circuit or installation ie.when a person is receiving an electric shock as the electricity passes through his body to the ground (earth) or current is being lost due to a fault.

Dead testing

  • Continuity testing: this checks if there are any poorly connected or broken conductors

  • Insulation resistance testing: this test ensures that the electrical insulation material surrounding the conductors is in good condition

  • Polarity: this test checks that that live and neutral conductors are connected in the correct order

  • Correct earthing testing: this check is to make sure that the earthing arrangement complies with regulations and that all connections are present and in good condition.

Codes Explained.

The codes used to determine whether there are non-compliances or issue with the electrical installation and are numbered C1 to C3. These codes will be entered on the Electrical Installation Condition Report, along with a description of the nature of the fault.

Nature and number of these codes will decide whether the installation can be passed as `satisfactory.

Codes are as follows:

  • Code C1 ‘Danger present’: There is a risk of injury and that immediate remedial action is required to remove the dangerous condition.

  • Code C2 ‘Potentially dangerous condition’: Urgent remedial action required, this should declare the nature of the problem, not the remedial actions required.

  • Code C3 ‘Improvement recommended’ This code more often than not implies that while the installation may not comply with the current set of regulations, complies with a previous set of regulations and so is deemed to be safe although this safety can be improved upon.



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