* Visual Condition Report
* Electrical Installation Condition Report

 

Visual Condition Report (VCR)

A Visual Condition Report is a visual-only check of your installation to identify any visible signs of damage, defects or deterioration which may affect safety. It does not include any testing of the wiring and is only recommended if the installation has been tested recently.

What does it involve?
Below is a check list of the things we will be looking at during the inspection.

  • Consumer Unit (fuse board)
  • Socket-outlets
  • Light fittings & Light switches
  • Electrical cables or leads
  • Earthing and bonding
  • Kitchen safety
  • Bathroom safety
  • Signs of wear and tear
  • Visible signs of burning/scorching RCD protection around the home

How long will it take to complete?
The report will typically take around 1 – 2 hours to complete depending on the size of the property

The Reports outcome
The Visual Condition Report will provide you with a visual-only summary of the current condition of your electrics.
Any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions or non-compliances with the requirements of the 17th edition of The Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) will be recorded and appropriately classified for remedial action.
It will also detail recommendations on how safety can be Improved.

 

 

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (also known as periodic Inspection Report) is a detailed inspection and test of your installation to determine, so far as is reasonably practicable, whether your installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued use and to determine whether anything, needs to be done/upgraded to maintain your installation in a safe and serviceable condition.

What does it involve?
It involves a detailed visual inspection checking for any visible signs of damage, deterioration or defects and testing of the wiring to identify any possible hidden defects or issues that can not be identified visually.

How long will it take to complete?
Typically, it will take around 3-4 hours to complete, depending on the size of the property and the number of circuits requiring testing.

When and who requires Electrical Installation Condition Reports?

  • Licensing authorities
  • Public Bodies
  • Landlords / Estate agents
  • Insurance companies
  • Mortgage lenders
  • Home buyers
  • Change of Tenancy
  • Change of ownership
  • Checking the condition of the electrical installation after a fire or flood

How often should an EICR be carried out?

  • for tenanted properties, every 5 years or at each change of occupancy, whichever is sooner
  • at least every 10 years for an owner-occupied home
  • at least every 5 years for a business
  • The Landlords and Tenant Act 1985 requires landlords of properties with short leases to keep the electrical wiring in repair and in proper working order. It therefore recommended landlords arrange for an electrical installation condition report to be carried out at the relevant intervals shown above.

    The Reports outcome
    The Electrical Installation Condition Report will provide you with a full summary of the current condition of your electrics.
    Any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions or non-compliances with the requirements of the 17th edition of The Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) will be recorded and appropriately classified for remedial action.
    It will also detail recommendations on how safety of your installation can be improved.

    The codes used to determine whether there are non-compliances or issues with the electrical installation are numbered C1 to C3. These codes will be entered on the Electrical Installation Condition Report, along with a description of the nature of the fault, and will determine whether a ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ report will be applied to the installation.

        • Code C1 – Indicates ‘Danger present’. There is a risk of injury and that immediate remedial action is required to remove the dangerous condition.
        • Code C2 – Indicates ‘Potentially dangerous condition’: whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be dangerous at the time of the inspection, it could become a real and immediate danger if a fault or other foreseeable event was to occur in the installation or connected equipment.
        • Code C3 – Indicates ‘Improvement recommended’, whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be a source of immediate or potential danger, improvement would contribute to a significant enhancement of the safety of the electrical installation.

    If any code 1 (dangerous) or code 2 (potentially dangerous) conditions are found, the overall condition of the installation will be declared ‘unsatisfactory’, meaning remedial action will be required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises.

    Upon receipt of your report we will always be more than happy to talk you through the contents and advise you on any further action required or any recommendations made.

     

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