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Inspecting & Testing Electrical Installations

1. Visual Inspection

A Visual Inspection is a basic check to identify visible signs of defects, damage or deterioration.

No circuit testing will be undertaken, so your electricity will likely remain on during the inspection.

The electrician will need to be given access to all rooms in your home. The report will typically take around 1 – 2 hours to complete depending on the size of the property.

Notes will be taken by the electrician as part of the Visual Inspection and a Visual Inspection Report (VIR) will be issued to the home owner at the end.

The Visual Inspection report will record a number of observations and recommendations and provide an overall summary of the condition of the installation.

Below is a check list of the things you can expect to be looked at during a visual inspection

2. Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

An electrical installation condition report (EICR) identifies any damage, deterioration, defects and / or conditions which may give rise to danger along with observations for which improvement is recommended.

It is a more detailed report that a VIR and will involve the testing of various circuits which will require the turning off of the electrics at the main supply. This allows the contractor to identify any possible hidden defects or issues that cannot be identified during a VIR.

The purpose of an EICR (also known as periodic inspection and testing of an electrical installation), is to determine, so far as is reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service.

Homeowners often ask for, or obtain a condition report as part of a house sale. Similarly, Landlords have an obligation to undertake regular periodic inspections in relation to their rental properties.

It is recommended by BS 7671 that an EICR is carried out every 5 years (for for privately rented properties) or when there is a change of occupancy in a dwelling.

Typically an EICR will take around 3 – 4 hours to complete depending on the size of the property and the number of circuits requiring testing.

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A consumer unit is a distribution board generally installed in a domestic premises. The consumer unit comprises of a type-tested and completely coordinated assembly that controls and distributes electrical energy. The consumer unit is therefore the most important part of all electrical installations and needs to be maintained on a regular basis.

You can rely on our team of specialists to offer you excellent consumer unit checks. Our services are second to none and are provided to all our domestic, commercial, and industrial customers in and around Chesterfield.