In this post, we’ll take a closer look at EICR testing, including what it involves, when it’s required and how much it costs.
EICR testing checks the condition of a building’s electrics in line with the BS 7671 standard, in order to highlight:
Once complete, you’ll get an EICR certificate outlining any issues with four possible categories:
All electrical installations are subject to wear and tear over time. That’s why it’s important for everyone to have their building’s electrics checked on a regular basis. The British Standards Institute, which sets the BS 7671 standard, recommends that business owners should have an EICR every five years. The same frequency is recommended for landlords, or every time there is a change of tenancy. Finally, homeowners should book in EICR testing at least every ten years.
This is particularly important for landlords, who are now legally required to have an electric installation condition report every 5 years. This is a requirement for any new tenancies as of July 2020, and will be required for existing tenancies by April 2021. As well as obtaining the report, landlords must supply a copy to:
You’ll also need to keep a copy for future inspections and complete any work required on the report within 28 days.
EICR testing must be carried out by someone who is qualified and competent. The cost of your electric installation condition report depends on the rates of your chosen company, as well as the size and nature of the job at hand.
Needless to say, the cost of commercial EICR testing can vary the most because of how much the sites vary themselves in size. For an accurate price please get in touch to arrange a site inspection.
There are three main benefits of EICR testing for businesses, landlords and homeowners:
Safety – Above all else, you want your building to be safe for those who use it, whether its your staff, your tenants or you and your family.
Cost – Prevention is always better than the cure. A comprehensive electric installation condition report will uncover any potential problems before they develop into major issues. This could save you money over time by reducing the number of callouts for reactive repairs.
Peace of mind – It’s hard to put a price on peace of mind. With an EICR, you can rest assured your building is compliant with the relevant electrical standards and focus on what you do best.
At Volta Compliance, we specialise in electrical compliance for businesses across West Yorkshire. With comprehensive EICR testing and reports, our experienced team can make sure your business is compliant and keep all staff and visitors safe.
To book an EICR today, simply give us a call on 0113 397 1361 or email [email protected].