All electrical installations will deteriorate with use and age. This means that they should be tested and inspected at regular intervals to ensure that they remain in a satisfactory condition to enable continued use.
These safety checks are often referred to as a “periodic inspection and testing” and once completed, you will be issued with an Electrical Installation and Condition Report or EICR.
There are a number of important reasons for a periodic inspection. It will reveal if there are electrical equipment or circuits that are overloaded, if there are any potential fire hazards or electric shock risks.
During the inspection, any defective electrical work will be identified, and any lack of bonding or earthing will be highlighted. Tests will also be performed on fixed electrical equipment and wiring to check that everything is safe.
A periodic inspection should be performed every ten years for owner occupied homes, every five years for rental homes, three years for caravans and annually for swimming pools.
Periodic inspections should also be carried out every time a property is being made ready for letting or if you’re selling or buying a previously occupied property.
Any periodic inspections and testing should only be carried out by an electrically competent person. A professional electrician will check the current condition of your electrics against the latest UK standards for the safety of electrical installations.
During the inspection, the electrician will check the adequacy of bonding and earthing, and examine the suitability of your switchgear and control gear.
For example, you may have an old fuse box that has cast iron switches, a wooden back or a mix of both that need to be replaced.
The electrician will also check the serviceability of sockets, light fittings, and switches.
These items may need to be updated or replaced, such as round light switches, black switches, skirting board mounted sockets, older round pin sockets or cables with a fabric coating that are hanging from your ceiling roses to your light fittings.
It is also important that the condition and type of your wiring system is checked.
For example, you may have cables that are coated in black rubber that were actually phased out during the 1960s. Older properties may have cables coated in fabric or lead that are even older and need to be upgraded to the longer lasting PVC used in modern cables.
Once the inspection has been completed, the competent person will issue the Electrical Installation Condition Report.
This will detail any observed deterioration, damage, dangerous conditions, defects or any non compliances with the current safety standards that could pose a threat.
If there is anything potentially dangerous or hazardous, the overall condition of your electrical installation will be declared “unsatisfactory.” This will mean remedial action will be required immediately to remove any of the risks that could harm the property occupants.
If you are in need of an EICR, you can rest assured that all our recommended electricians are equipped to help you.
They can not only perform the inspection necessary for the EICR but also conduct any necessary repairs to ensure that your property is free of hazardous electrics.
If you’d like to speak to our recommended electrician in your area, you can find them here.
Rang him as our kitchen circuit shorted out. He methodically checked, found and fixed the problem. Excellent work ethic.
Excellent Service, Gareth was helpful and clearly a very experienced and knowledgeable electrician. The work was carried out on time and efficiently I would definitely recommend.
I had a problem with wall lights on stairs after I replaced them and a main swith. Telephoned for a call out, connected to Mr Thornton. Shared my problem with him, he advised & instructed me what to do then call back. His instructions were spot on & problem was solved. Not having me this man I found him very professional, he listened, his assessment of the problem was exact. Wish I could receive this level of service where ever I go. Highly recommended electrician
Leslie Horan Mr
Excellent professional service. Tony was very knowledgeable and gave great advice on rectifying some of the problems we had with our electrics. Tony gave accurate estimates and was reasonably priced.
Asa rang me shortly after I left a message for him. My cooker appeared to be broken after the toaster activated the trip switch. After explaining the problem to Asa he suggested that, before he arranged a call out for me, l should set the cooker clock to the correct time and try turning the cooker on again. It worked! I did feel a bit stupid that l didn’t know about the clock, but also very happy that my cooker was fixed. No charge at all. I didn’t get to meet Asa but l can definitely recommend him, for his honesty and helpfulness. Thank you Asa, and Louise for passing on my message to Asa.
Great job, recommended. Outside double socket fitted for a reasonable price.
Darren did the work that was required and charged a fair price. Very happy and will definitely use again in future.
Excellent job and also a very reasonable price.
Very punctual, I felt that I was kept informed, as my property is tenanted. My tenant said friendly service provided. I will be happy to use again.
They were very efficient and I was happy how they carried out the work, I would use them again
Darren was a good communicator and quickly organised the job. His elecrician Terry was bang on time, pleasant, got the job done at a reasonable price. (EICR reports for rental properties). I'm very satisfied with the results.
My experience with Darren and Hillmore was nothing short of perfect. He attended the site within 48 hours of our conversation and conducted the work whilst my tenants were home, there was minimal disruption and the work was complete within an hour. The price was very reasonable and there were no hidden costs. I would highly recommend this company and I have since called them back to complete further works. 5 stars *****
Darren completed the electrical safety certificate and repairs promptly and reasonably priced. Recommend.
Darren was excellent - communicated well throughout the process, made sure I had all the options and provided any clarifications needed. No issues at all and would use again. Would recommend to friends and family.
Excellent service! Great price! Would highly recommend.
Very happy with the work done and service received. I needed a job doing asap and they were able to meet my deadlines. The chap that turned up was lovely to talk to and did a great job. I had to have an isolator switch and cabling installed for a jacuzzi and they checked with the company to make sure that the work done would meet their requirements and regulations before finishing the job. I also asked them to fit an additional socket in the house (outside of the original scope) and they did this for me. Communication was good. Happy to recommend this company and will use again. Thank you!
Hillmore installed some outdoor lighting for us and relocated some internal switches and sockets. The work was done quickly and efficiently and I would certainly use again. Thanks.
Darren's service was professional and the end product was exactly what we were expecting. I would highly recommend Darren for your electrical requirements.
Great experience with the guys from Voltage Electrical. Darren in particular was extremely accommodating and professional throughout. Excellent job completed in very quick time. Highly recommended.
Darren was really excellent from start to finish. Always on time and got the work done to a high standard and finished half a day early too!