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Testing and Inspection

All electrical installations, over time will deteriorate naturally. Much like an MOT for cars it is important that you ensure you carry out testing and inspection checks on the condition of the electrics in your home at regular intervals. This testing and inspection will help identify any faults or defects which could require improvement and will ensure the continued operation of the installation in a safe and effective manner.

There are two kinds of testing and inspection checks that can be carried out and we recommend that you always employ a registered electrician to carry out such checks.

Visual testing and inspection

No circuit testing will be undertaken, so your electricity will likely remain on during the inspection.

The electrician will need to be given access to all of the rooms in your home. The testing and inspection report will typically take around 1 hour to complete depending on the size of the property.

Notes will be taken by the electrician as part of the visual inspection and a Visual Inspection Report (VIR) will be issued to the home owner at the end.

The Visual testing and inspection report will record a number of observations and recommendations and provide an overall summary of the condition of the installation.

Below is a check list of the things you can expect to be looked at during a visual inspection.

Consumer Unit (main fuse board) Sockets
Plugs
Light fittings
Light switches
Electrical cables or leads
Earthing and bonding
Extension leads
Kitchen safety
Bathroom safety
Signs of wear and tear
Visible signs of burning/scorching RCD protection around the home

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

An electrical installation condition report (EICR) identifies any damage, deterioration, defects and/or conditions which may give rise to danger along with observations for which improvement
is recommended.

It is a more detailed testing and inspection report than a VIR and will involve the testing of various circuits which will require the turning off of the electrics at the main supply. This allows the contractor to identify any possible hidden defects or issues that cannot be identified during a VIR.

The purpose of an EICR (also known as periodic inspection and testing of an electrical installation), is to determine, so far as is reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service.

Homeowners often ask for, or obtain a condition report as part of a house sale. Similarly, landlords with an increasing awareness of their electrical safety obligations undertake regular periodic inspections in relation to their rental properties.

It is generally recommended that an EICR is carried out every ten years ( five for privately rented properties) or when there is a change of occupancy in a dwelling.

Typically an EICR will take around 3-4 hours to complete, depending on the size of a property and the number of circuits requiring testing.

What will an EICR tell me?

An EICR will provide a full summary of the condition of the electrics in your home and determine whether it complies with the current British Standard for electrical safety (BS 7671).

It will record a number of observations in line with BS 7671 and make various recommendations where improvement may be necessary or benefcial to improving safety in your home.

Once the EICR is completed the registered contractor will provide you with a certificate outlining the overall condition of the electrical installation.

Generally, an EICR will provide codings against the condition of the installation. The classification codes are as follows:

Code C1 – This code should indicates that danger exists, requiring immediate remedial action. The persons using the installation are at immediate risk.

Code C2 – This code indicates that, whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be dangerous at the time of the inspection, it could become a real and immediate danger if a fault or other foreseeable event was to occur in the installation or connected equipment.

Code C3 – This code indicates that, whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be a source of immediate or potential danger, improvement would contribute to a significant enhancement of the safety of the electrical installation.

You are under no obligation to have any of the issues fixed, though it is recommended that corrective action to rectify any C1 and C2s is completed as soon as possible.

If you do wish to have work carried out we recommend you get quotes for any remedial work from at least 3 different rms.

I am looking to buy a property and would like to know the condition of the electrics?

Before purchasing a property it is always worth asking the current occupier if they have an up-to-date EICR. This will give you an overview of the current state of the electrics in the property. If they do not have an EICR you could request that one be carried out with costs to be agreed between either party.

I am about to move into a rented property but am worried about the condition of the electrics?

Landlords are required by law to ensure that the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.

If the property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) a periodic inspection must be carried out every five years.

If the property is not an HMO, a landlord is not legally obliged to do this (except in Scotland where it became law on December 1, 2015)
However, we recommend that a landlord should have a periodic inspection and test carried out by a registered electrician on rental properties at least every five years.

Any appliance provided should also be safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).

To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.

Our company provides a full spectrum of work of any level of complexity. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals, who have been in the industry for no less than 6 years. We have gained extensive experience while solving the most complex technical and organizational tasks, what allows us to provide you with the best service.

24 Hour Emergency Service

We can provide an expert 24 hour AB Electrical Essex Service is available to you 365 days a year for your all of your electrical needs. We are here when you need us to for both your residential and commercial properties!

07746 833777

Working Hours

Monday- Friday: 08:00am-5:00pm

Testing & Inspection Services

Electrical installation condition report
Landlords certificate
Visual inspection certificate
Electrical installation certificate
Minor works certificate

We Inspect

Consumer Unit (main fuse board) Sockets
Plugs
Light fittings
Light switches
Electrical cables or leads
Earthing and bonding
Extension leads
Kitchen safety
Bathroom safety
Signs of wear and tear
Visible signs of burning/scorching RCD protection around the home

About Us

AB Electrical Essex are a team of dedicated electricians based in Essex for all your domestic, commercial and industrial needs.

We are a professional, reliable and friendly team of NICEIC Registered and PART P approved Electricians. Here at AB Electrical Essex we have many years of experience in all areas of domestic, commercial and industrial electrics, we offer a high standard of workmanship at competitive rates. AB Electrical Essex also offer a 24 hour Emergency Call Out Electrician service.

We are fully insured and offer a 6 year warranty on work carried out under the NICEIC Domestic Installer scheme. All AB Electrical Essex work is carried out in accordance with IEE wiring regulations.

We are happy to provide advice and guidance on all aspects of your electric projects, we will never give you the hard sell, and all our quotes are free with no-obligation. We pride ourselves on our customer service and are part of the MyBuilder network. Click here to view AB Electrical Essex feedback.

AB Electrical

AB Electrical are a team of dedicated electricians based in Essex for all your domestic, commercial and industrial needs.

AB Electrical Essex are a professional, reliable and friendly team of Essex NICEIC Registered and PART P approved Electricians. With many years of experience in all areas of domestic, commercial and industrial electrics, we offer a high standard of workmanship at competitive rates. We also offer a 24 hour Emergency Call Out Electrician service.

We are fully insured and offer a 6 year warranty on work carried out under the NICEIC Domestic Installer scheme. All our work is carried out in accordance with IEE wiring regulations.

We are happy to provide advice and guidance on all aspects of your electric projects, we will never give you the hard sell, and all our quotes are free with no-obligation. We pride ourselves on our customer service and are part of the MyBuilder network. Click here to view our feedback.

Our company provides a full spectrum of work of any level of complexity. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals, who have been in the industry for no less than 6 years. We have gained extensive experience while solving the most complex technical and organizational tasks, what allows us to provide you with the best service.

24 Hour Emergency Service

We can provide an expert 24 hour Electrician Emergency Service available to you 365 days a year for your all of your electrical needs. We are here when you need us to for both your residential and commercial properties!

07746 833777
Working Hours
Monday- Friday: 8:00am-5.00pm
17 Years Experience

We have over 17 years electrical experience. We believe in quality workmanship and customer service.

Domestic

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Coverage

We pride ourselves on being a one stop shop that is able to meet all of our client’s electrical needs. AB Electrical Essex goal is to provide the highest quality domestic and commercial installation services, on schedule, and on budget along with outstanding customer service.

We understand that time and cost are crucial and we strive to go above and beyond our client’s expectations.

AB Electrical Essex provides a full spectrum of work of any level of complexity. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals, who have been in the industry for no less than 6 years. We have gained extensive experience while solving the most complex technical and organisational tasks, what allows us to provide you with the best service.

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Suffolk

Aldeburgh‎
Beccles
Bury St Edmunds‎
Eye
Felixstowe‎
Framlingham‎

Ipswich‎
Lowestoft‎
Newmarket
Stowmarket‎
Sudbury
Woodbridge

Brandon
Bungay
Carlton Colville
Clare
Felixstowe
Hadleigh

Halesworth
Haverhill
Kesgrave
Leiston
Mildenhall
Needham Market
Orford
Woodbridge

Coverage

We pride ourselves on being a one stop shop that is able to meet all of our client’s electrical needs. Our goal is to provide the highest quality domestic and commercial installation services, on schedule, and on budget along with outstanding customer service.

We understand that time and cost are crucial and we strive to go above and beyond our client’s expectations.

Our company provides a full spectrum of work of any level of complexity. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals, who have been in the industry for no less than 6 years. We have gained extensive experience while solving the most complex technical and organizational tasks, what allows us to provide you with the best service.

Essex

Brentwood
Chelmsford
Shenfield
Basildon
Braintree
Billericay
Ingatestone
Romford
Ongar
Hornchurch
Harlow
Epping Forest
Aveley
Brightlingsea
Buckhurst Hill
Burnham-on-Crouch
Canvey Island

Castle Point
Thurrock
Tendring
Hadleigh
Southend-on-Sea
Shoeburyness
Rayleigh
Leigh-On-sea
Rochford
Maldon
Langdon Hills
Uttlesford
Chigwell
Chipping Ongar
Clacton-on-Sea
Coggeshall
Corringham

Colchester
Benfleet
Wickford
Dovercourt
Eastwood
Frinton-on-Sea
Grays
Great Dunmow
Halstead
Harlow
Harwich
Holland-on-Sea
Leigh-on-Sea
Loughton
Maldon
Manningtree
Pitsea

Prittlewell
Purfleet
Saffron Walden
Shoeburyness
South Benfleet
South Woodham Ferrers
Southminster
Stanford-le-Hope
Thaxted
Tilbury
Waltham Abbey (town)
Walton-on-the-Naze
West Mersea
Westcliff-on-Sea
Witham
Wivenhoe

Suffolk

Aldeburgh‎
Beccles
Bury St Edmunds‎
Eye
Felixstowe‎
Framlingham‎

Ipswich‎
Lowestoft‎
Newmarket
Stowmarket‎
Sudbury
Woodbridge

Brandon
Bungay
Carlton Colville
Clare
Felixstowe
Hadleigh

Halesworth
Haverhill
Kesgrave
Leiston
Mildenhall
Needham Market
Orford
Woodbridge

24 Hour Emergency Service

We can provide expert 24 hour Emergency Service available to you 365 days a year for your all of your electrical needs. We are here when you need us to service both your residential and commercial properties!

07746 833777
Working Hours

Monday- Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

17 Years Experience

We have over 17 years electricians experience. We believe in quality workmanship and customer service.

What Our Clients Say

Monica

Electrical

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Duncan

Light fittings, Chelmsford

Great job. As always, there was a bit more required than I thought and Adam was happy to do it and make recommendations. Would definitely recommend.

Ceiling lights to downlights/spotlights

Electrical

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Kay

Electrical, Inspect property and issue NICEIC Certificate

Provided good communication, was punctual and completed the job on time.

Wiring electricity to garden shed

Electrical

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D. Benny

Outside Socket and Fuse Spur Electrical

Good job done on time at reasonable rates. Would happily recommend.