EICRs For Homeowners
Safety, safety, safety – Protecting your family, and guests from serious injury or death.
The safety of your family should be paramount to any homeowner. Regular electrical testing will provide peace of mind that measures have been taken to ensure your family is safe. Can you put a price on that? Injuries and deaths in the home are unfortunately all too common, but you can reduce the risk of electrical shocks, fires and accidents by ensuring your electrics are periodically inspected. This is not to mention the cost of a fire or serious accident which could have been avoided.
Compliance – Meeting your electrical safety obligations
There are various laws which require homeowners to take appropriate measures to prevent accidents, including:
BS7671 (IET Wiring Regulations) recommend that you have an EICR every 5 years (10 years if it is a new
install or rewire) or at change of occupancy – whichever is soonest
Occupiers Liability Act 1957 and Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984 give homeowners a duty of care for anyone visiting their property. In short, you could be prosecuted if someone is injured on your land or premises regardless of whether the visitor is there lawfully
Insurance – Making sure your insurance pays out in the event of a claim
Insurance companies are increasingly requesting that electrical testing is carried out and evidenced on a regular basis as part of your policy agreement. Requirements such as this should be detailed in your policy, so it’s important to make sure you have thoroughly read and understood it.
Whether your insurance will pay out in the event of a claim related to an electrical incident depends on the terms of your policy and whether you have met those terms. This may include being able to prove robust processes for checking your electrics are safe, such as holding a current EICR certificate, and that the incident was unavoidable.
Saving money – How an electrical inspection can save you money
As well as making sure your electrics are safe, getting an EICR trained and qualified electrician to inspect your installations could even save you money. The EICR tests systems and identifies faults. It could be, for example, that you have an overloaded circuit or a piece of equipment that is overheating and is, therefore, wasting energy and costing you money. An EICR report can make recommendations for efficiency improvements that you hadn’t thought of, or didn’t realise were necessary.
Energy efficiency – Saving money and doing your bit for the environment
Further to saving money by having equipment that is functioning correctly, an experienced and knowledgeable company, such as Alto Electrical, can also make recommendations for energy efficiency improvements. This could include lighting, heating, motor control, fans and pumps. In addition to cutting costs, reducing energy consumption is a great way of boosting your carbon footprint.
At Alto Electrical, all our electricians are trained and experienced in inspection and testing. Every report that we carry out comes with a detailed breakdown of anything that you should be aware of, whether it is unsafe, could potentially become unsafe or that may just be recommended. When you receive your report, if we find anything that may need work, we will provide you with two quotations, one for work that needs to be carried out to make your installation safe and compliant, and one for any recommended work.
Alto Electrical are Competent and Registered with the NICEIC, insured to £5Million, are reputable and approachable and offer great value for money. If you would like to discuss any queries you have regarding your rental property, would like to enquire about electrical testing or would like to book us in for a FREE QUOTATION, then call Kay in the office on 01778 772595.