- Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)
- PAT Testing
- Visual Inspections (VIR)
- NICEIC Electricians
- CP12 Gas Certificates arranged also
- Southend and surrounding areas
Call – 01702 911560
TM Hughes & Son Electrical Services Ltd provide Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) to the landlords, homeowners, buyers and sellers of Southend and the surrounding areas.
EICR’s are a legal requirement for landlords who let properties. Homeowners can have EICR’s to check the condition and safety of their electrical systems.
Those selling their homes have the option of EICR’s to show interested buyers the electrical systems ok. So can those buying homes.
EICR Inspections & Certificates
If you need an Electrical Installation Condition Report, get in touch to book an Electrician who’ll visit your property at a convenient time.
One of our electricians will undertake a thorough inspection of your electrical system to the required regulations.
Depending on the size of your property, EICR’s take from 1-4 hours. During the inspection, the whole electrical system is tested and visually checked.
The Electrical System
An Electrical system is made up of various components, all of which are covered by the inspection.
The consumer unit houses fuses which ‘trip’ and cut power if there’s ever a fault in the system. The consumer unit powers your sockets, lights and appliances.
RCD, MCB, & RCBO Fuses
All the fuses in the consumer unit are checked and tested which include RCD’s (residual current devices) MCB’s (miniature circuit breakers) and RCBO’s (Residual Current Circuit Breaker with Overcurrent Protection). The fuses work together to prevent shocks, electrocution, electrical fires, overloading and damage to the circuits.
Earthing & Bonding
Earthing & Bonding is used to prevent electric shocks and must be checked anytime work’s done to the electrical system. Our electrician checks that the Earthing & Bonding functions correctly.
Wiring carries electrical current from your consumer unit to the sockets, lights and appliance circuits. All wiring is tested.
Sockets, Switches & Light Fittings
All sockets, switches and light fittings are visually checked for signs of wear, signs of burning, loose screws and damage before being tested.
A report is written as each component is checked and tested. Faulty elements of the electrical system are given a code. The codes show the condition and urgency of each fault found.
A dangerous fault has been uncovered. Your electrical system isn’t safe to use and needs immediate repairs.
A less severe fault that has the potential to become hazardous so should be rectified urgently.
A non-dangerous fault which is recommended for repair, the repair is optional.
We can offer a quote for any faults found within the electrical system. Faults can be repaired during the inspection (sometimes), or we can come back and undertake repairs. Alternatively, you can arrange the repairs yourself, and we’ll return when the faults are rectified.
Once our electrician is satisfied, your Electrical system is safe, the required certification is written. The certificate shows the EICR has been undertaken by a qualified electrician and conforms to BS7671 (British Standard For Electrical Safety) and the 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations.
EICR Requirments For Landlords
Landlords must ensure their tenants are safe, by law, an EICR is required at the start of each tenancy or every five years. The Electrical Installation Condition Report proves the electrical system is safe, and as a landlord, you’re renting your property legally.
Only qualified electricians can undertake EICR’s. One of our experienced electricians will quickly discover any faults or deficiency within the system, which can then be repaired so the systems safe.
Tenants, letting agents and insurers should ask for a valid EICR before signing up or insuring your property. If you’re a homeowner, it’s recommended you undertake an EICR every ten years to check the condition of your electrical system.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is an optional extra for landlords to ensure extra safety, unlike EICR’s PAT testing is not a legal requirement for landlords.
Every home has portable appliances that are plugged into a socket, held in hand and feature electrical leads with plugs. Examples of portable appliances are irons, kettles and toasters. While most portable appliances are very safe in this day and age, they can, unfortunately, become an injury, electrocution or fire risk.
An electrician can check and test every portable appliance in your property. Inspection and testing ensure the appliances are safe to use and don’t pose any of the risks mentioned above. Annual PAT testing ensures appliances are always safe.
Periodic visual testing & inspections (VIR) involves an electrician visually inspecting the electrical system for signs of faults, damage or decay after the inspection the electrician writes a report with recommendations.
Every part of the electrical system is visually inspected, such as the consumer unit, sockets, switches, lights etc. The procedure is quick and takes the maximum of one hour.
Visual inspections can be carried out periodically between EICR’s to give the landlords and tenants extra peace of mind that the electrical system is safe.
VIR inspections are completely optional for landlords and homeowners. VIR’s are not compulsory and are not a substitute for essential EICR inspections.
If you would like to book an electrical inspection, please contact us using the phone number or contact form below.