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EICR Plymouth Devon

EICR Plymouth Devon

EICR Plymouth Devon all your electrical testing carried out quickly, efficiently at an affordable price by our expert professional team Plymouth Sparky. Fully insured and highly qualified to make sure your inspection is carried out seamlessly.

What is an EICR report?

EICR Plymouth Devon

How often is a periodic inspection required?

Your electrics should be inspected and tested every:

  • 10 years for an owner-occupied home.
  • 5 years for a rented home.
  • 3 years for a caravan
  • 1 year for a swimming pool.

Other times when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:

  • When a property is being prepared for letting.
  • Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.

Who should carry out the periodic inspection and what happens?

Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).


The inspection takes into account all the relevant circumstances and checks on:

  • The adequacy of earthing and bonding.
  • The suitability of the switchgear and controlgear. For example, an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.
  • The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that  may need replacing include: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.
  • The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use longer-lasting pvc insulation).
  • Sockets that may be used to supply portable electrical equipment for use outdoors, making sure they are protected by a suitable residual current device (RCD).
  • The presence of adequate identification and notices.
  • The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
  • Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions.

The competent person will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger.

If anything dangerous or potentially dangerous is found, the overall condition of the electrical installation will be declared to be ‘unsatisfactory’, meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises

An electrical installation condition report EICR is required as all electrical installations deteriorate over time. It is recommended that they should be inspected and tested every “3 to 5 years” or change of tenancy.  Such electrical safety checks are commonly known as ‘periodic inspections’ or ‘electrical installation condition reports’.

On your EICR, electrical certificate or electrical installation condition report, it will notify you whether your electrical installation is “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory”, the outcome depends on the installation and can be explained if you require more information after receiving the EICR Report.

EICR Plymouth Devon

Fixed Wire Periodic Testing, periodic inspection or PIR has now been replaced by the Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR).

Electrical installation testing is the inspection and testing of an electrical installation against the current version of BS 7671 (the wiring regulations). This has more recently become known as an electrical installation condition report or EICR certificate. We are approved via Stroma to carry out electrical installation condition reports. please see below for a guide to prices.

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