Electrical Test Advice for Tenants

 

 

 

WHY DO I GET CONTACTED FOR AN ELECTRICAL TEST?

The purpose of an electrical condition test is to make sure the electrical systems and installations within your property are safe, correctly-installed and well maintained.

Your landlord is required to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to you, and to their local authority if requested.

WHAT IS AN ELECTRIC CONDITION TEST?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an official report produced following an in-depth assessment of the electrical systems in your property.

What does an EICR test look for?

  • any electrical installations are overloaded
  • there are any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
  • there is any defective electrical work
  • there is a lack of earthing or bonding – these are 2 ways of preventing electrical shocks that are built into electrical installations

HOW IS AN EICR TEST PERFORMED?

To perform an EICR test, our specially-trained engineers will need to disconnect the electrics from the mains power supply.

The test will then involve elements of visual inspections to identify any obvious faults with broken equipment or incorrect wiring, dead testing for continuity, insulation resistance and polarity, and live testing to check the system can react effectively in the event of a fault or electric shock injury.

EICR RESULTS

Any faults found within the system will be listed in the report, including the reason for the failure, and graded in terms of their severity in accordance with EICR fault codes.

If any immediately dangerous problems are found, we will take action to make them safe immediately and advise the letting agents and landlord of the problem.

Any items identified that need bringing up to the required electrical standards are identified on the report and we notify the letting agent and landlord of what’s required to put them right.

We will be in touch to arrange a follow-up appointment once they’re agreed.

HOW LONG DOES AN EICR TAKE?

Depending on the size of the property, an EICR typically takes one to three hours. We aim to keep disruption to a minimum.

WHO ARE SUREWORKS?

We are NICEIC approved electrical contractors who support several local letting agents.

Our team are identifiable with their company uniform and photo IDs. Our team are suitably qualified and are DBS checked.

 

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