All Safe Electric Ltd your local electrician
All Safe Electric Ltd your local electrician
 

Electrical Safety testing and certificates

Landlords - safety checks and cetrtificates

BS7671 recommends that rental properties are inspected and tested very 5 years and on change of tennent.  

Buyers and sellers

Vey often a buildings survey or will ask for expert advise if he suspects the electrical installation is old or has been altered. Very often kitchen installations and extensions do not have the required building standards control approval. We can provide or reassurance remedial work if necessary, liaising with  local Building Standards Control as required.

Insurance

We have carried out numerous inspections for owners of thatched properties, where the insurance company insists on a test every 2 or 5 years.

Inspection and testing of commercial premises where there is living accommodation above is also a common request.

Remedial work

All Safe Electric will always quote for remedial work and in many cases give a discount if the retest forms part of the remedial work - e.g. replacement consumer unit. Always check that our competitors provide re-work - many do not !

Terms and conditions specific to Electrical Inspection and Testing

All Safe Electric Ltd terms and conditions applicable to test and Inspection Electrical Installation Condition Reports

General Scope

These terms and conditions apply to are supplementary to All Safe Electric terms and conditions.

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) tests the fixed wiring, distribution board, fuse boards, sockets, lights witches and any other item permanently connected to the fixed wiring system.

The EICR does not test appliances such as washing machines, central heating boilers, cooker hoods, ovens and other ‘white goods’ that may be plugged into the fixed wiring or connected via a Fuse Connection Unit (FCU). The EICR only relates to tests up to and including the socket or FCU and not the appliance to which they are attached.

A Portable Appliance Test (PAT) may be appropriate for some white goods, but this test does not form part of an EICR

Testing and Inspection specific

i)  Test and Inspection services are those including test as detailed in BS7671 GN3 and Portable Appliance testing.

ii)  Test results and measurements are deemed to be valid on the day of testing.

iii)  The scope of testing and inspection will be agreed prior to commencement of tests. This may require a site survey before testing commences at extra cost.

iv) Where free access to circuits, fixtures and equipment is not possible, the Limitation of inspection & test of such items will be made known. Heavy furniture such as book cases and wardrobes and appliances such as washing machines will not be moved to gain access to plugs or sockets. Built in kitchen furniture will not be tampered with. Any such operational Limitation will be made known on the report.

v)    All Safe Electric will not be held liable for inspecting or testing any circuits, fixtures or equipment not made known to All Safe Electric and agreed upon in the scope of testing iii) above.

(vi)  All Safe Electric will not inspect and test loft spaces or fittings over 2.3 meter above floor level unless specifically agreed prior to testing.

(vii)  Operational limitations will be made known on the test certificate. An Operational limitation may include insufficient time to complete parts of inspection and test for the sum quoted or estimated.

(viii) All Safe Electric Ltd is not liable for any faults found. Remedial action maybe recommended but the customer is under no obligation to accept recommendations.

(ix) The EICR is for test and inspection only and does not include fault finding. Where a fault cannot be easily located within a few minutes on a circuit, testing will stop on the circuit and an estimate will be given as to the time likely required to find the fault.

(x) R1+R2 dead readings or Zs live testing are taken on circuits. Where R1+R2 readings are taken a calculated Zs reading will be recorded. Likewise, where a Zs reading is taken a calculated R1+R2 reading may be recorded. Dead readings are preferred over live measurements in line with current electrical safety laws and HSE recommendations

Both R1+R2 tests and live Zs tests are taken on socket circuits

(xi) Insulation resistance may be taken between Live + Neutral and Earth to avoid damage to sensitive equipment such as dimmer switches, neon indicators. Insulation resistance will be conducted at 250v, then at 500v and recorded if surge arrestors permit.

 

Example Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

Example EICR
Draft example of EICR
Web site example.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.4 MB]

In making an Electrical Installation Report (EICR), the person carrying out the inspection and testing is looking to determine if there is any damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliance with the regulations which may give rise to danger.

 

Please note that existing installations that have been installed in accordance with earlier editions of the Regulations may not comply with current regulations in every respect and does not necessarily mean that they are unsafe for continued use or require upgrading.

 

However, we will also highlight any areas of an installation of concern and rank them in importance and suggest remedial action as necessary.

 

Before we carry out an EICR, we will consult with the person ordering the report and agree upon the scope of out tests and inspections.

 

For example:

 

Full inspection and test- recommended every 5 years

Newly acquired property being made available to rent where no Electrical Installation Certificate exists or where a Periodic Inspection and Test has not been made in the previous 5 years we will carry out a full inspection and test of the entire installation.

 

Partial inspection and sample test recommended every year or on change of tenant.

Where Electrical Installation Certificate exists or where a Periodic Inspection and Tests have previously been performed we will carry out a full visual inspection fuse box or consumer unit, all sockets, switches and light fittings. Then carry out active tests on all RCD’s and active test for safety Zs (earth loop impedance) on all circuits to containing a 13amp plug to ascertain any damage or degradation.

Tests per BS7671, Guidance note 3, to be carried out where practical

All Safe Electric, 2 Wychwood Place, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6BE Tel. 01962 861061

TEST

RECOMMENDATION

Protective conductors continuity. (Earth continuity test)

Test to accessible exposed conductive-parts of current using equipment and accessories. Generally accessible within 3m of floor or from where a person can stand.

Bonding conductor continuity.

>Main earth bonding conductors (e.g. to gas, water ) to extraneous conductive parts. (e.g. pipes).

 

>Supplementary bonding conductors. May not be necessary if an RCD is used.

Ring circuit continuity

Continuity. Where there are records of previous tests, this may not be necessary unless there have been changes made to ring circuit final circuit.

Polarity.

At the following positions:

 

Origin of Installation

 

Distribution boards

 

Accessible socket outlets

 

Extremity of radial circuits

Earth fault loop impedance

This measurements for the following positions:

 

Origin of Installation

 

Distribution boards

 

Accessible socket outlets

 

Extremity of radial circuits

  For lighting circuits the result  may be done live or on some circuits may be a calculation by using R1+R2+Ze for safety reasons. 

Insulation resistance

Between live conductors and earth at main and final distribution boards.

Earth electrode resistance

If tests are to be made:-

 

Test each earth rod or group of rods separately, with the test links removed, and with the installation isolated from supply source.

Functional tests

 

RCD

Tests as required by regulation 612.13.1 followed by operation of integral test button

Functional tests of circuit-breakers isolators and switching devices

Manual operation to confirm devices disconnect from supply.

Check our company on the NICEIC web site www.niceic.com

Tel. 01962 861061

Mob. 07789097637

All Safe Electric, 2 Wychwood Place, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6BE

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