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When is an EICR Required?

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You’ll need an EICR if you’re thinking of moving into a new property, you’re the landlord of a number of dwellings (or even just one), or if you’re in charge of a commercial residence. This in a nutshell, is when you need to have one of these reports. We’re going to go into more depth in this post, so you’ll have all the general information you need to make an educated decision about keeping your staff, family or tenants safe from harm.

An EICR is an Important Electrical Report Carried Out on Your Premises

If you have no idea what an EICR is then we can clear that up right away. An EICR is a report on the electrical installations in your home or commercial or industrial residence. Rented properties, commercial and industrial areas, and even domestic homes, will need an EICR. Not all of those listed will need an EICR, because if you’re in a domestic home, then you’ll only need one before you move into your property and then again in another 5 years. However, for the other types of residences it’s usually on an annual basis. What is important is that when you do have an EICR, you must get a qualified and experienced electrical contractor or electrician to carry it out.

An Electrician Needs to Check All Your Electrics For an EICR

But what happens when you have an EICR carried out? A report will consist of a check on all appliances, sockets, and the fuse box. It will mean switching off the electrical power supply, and it can take a whole day or just a couple of hours. The duration will largely depend on the size of your property, and as you can imagine, if it’s an industrial building or a large commercial one, it could take anything up to a few weeks to complete.

How Old Your Installation is Will Determine How Long it Takes and How Complex The Job Will Be

The age of the electrical installation is an important factor to consider, especially if you’re about to move into a new property. This would also apply to both industrial and commercial properties. If there are any faults and broken wiring, anything that looks like it could cause an accident that threatens the safety of its inhabitants, then you will be given a list of the faults, and it is then up to you to make sure they are carried out.

VC Electrical – For Qualified, Experienced and Trustworthy Electricians in Edinburgh

If you have any more questions about EICR’s you’d like to discuss, then please get in touch and one of our experts will be more than happy to allay your fears and go through the whole thing with you. We’re always here to help and as we have a wide reach as experience electricians in West Lothian we know that the advice we can give you is invaluable. We’re all qualified to carry out EICR’s too, so if you do need a report carried out on your premises then you’re in safe hands.