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13 November 2012
A Electrical Installation Condition Report of a property consists of, a visual inspection of the electrical installation, and live and dead testing of the installation by a suitably qualified electrician. On completion of the visual inspection and testing of the installation, a Electrical Installation Condition Report is issued. This states if there are any faults, and if the installation is safe to use at the time of the test. If electrical faults are found, a price or quote for rectifying these faults will also be received. It should be remembered that all electrical installations, should be tested & inspected at regular recommended intervals.
Periodic testing & inspection does not have to be completed by a part P approved Company under part P of the building regulations, and can be completed by anyone qualified to complete a test & inspection. SCN Electricals Limited have obtained the 2391 testing & inspecting City & Guilds Certificate, and are qualified to complete Electrical Installation Condition Reports.
If there are any faults found during the test they are given codes C1,C2, or C3, if a C1, or C2 code is given it would mean the installation is in an unsatisfactory condition. Code C1 faults require urgent attention, code C2 faults require improvement, code C3 faults require further investigation. All installations that fail a test & inspection and require remedial work, should be given a retest after the remedial work is completed.
Main reasons for test & inspections
How often should one be completed
What happens during the testing & inspection
These are just a few of many things we do during
a periodic test & inspection of an installation
How long will it take
How long a Electrical Installation Condition Report takes depends on many factors, but most normal 3 bedroom terrace houses, take between 2 & 4 hours to complete. The regulations state all electricians must complete a minimum of 10% checks of an installation, but it is down to the owner and the contractor how far the testing is permitted. The contractor and the owner decide how far checks are made and for what price, normally electricians do not lift floorboards or carpets.
A limited amount of dismantling is done to complete visual inspections & testing, again this is discussed with the owner to decide how far a test & inspection should go. If faults are found within an installation, we are required to go further than 10% or let the owner know more testing & inspecting is required.
The time stated above to test & inspect a 3 bedroom property, is an approximate time most electricians would take. If you employ an electrician to conduct a test in a property, and it takes less than 2 hours, it is not being done properly. Even the smallest of properties will take about 2 hours to complete, so if it has been done quicker, we would question the integrity of the report and the person carrying it out.
The NICEIC have been around for many years, and on the whole are a very good organization. Electricians come in all shapes and sizes, but the main thing is, some are better than others. All Napit members are vetted and tested for competency on their work, where with NICIEC it is in the person in charge of certification and testing. All organizations have a good and bad element, but it does take time to find the bad ones out.
What determines the time and price of a Electrical Installation Condition Report
In 2005 I asked the NICEIC two questions, how long will it take to complete a Electrical Installation Condition Report of a 3 bedroom terrace house on two levels. The answer I received was a minimum of 4 hours approximately. I also asked how much would it cost to complete one, the answer I received was this. In Peterborough approximately £75 to £135 and £170 or more in London, of course this will vary with different Companies or tradesmen. The prices will of changed with some Companies as this was over 4 years ago, and regulations have changed.
Many Companies or tradesmen quote a very low price for a Electrical Installation Condition Report, just so they can get a foot in the door and also get the remedial work afterwards. Then they will more than likely charge higher rates to complete any work required, knowing that almost every property will require remedial work.
Some Companies that employ apprentices and electricians or sub-contractors to do Electrical Installation Condition Reports, can afford to go in with a low price. This is because the cost of a Test less the labour price, would still mean the Company would make money. The question you should always ask is, who is doing the testing and are they qualified to conduct a Electrical Installation Condition Report. Ask to see proof of there qualifications if in doubt.
Important Information Required For The Test
Before calling for a Electrical Installation Condition Report to be completed please obtain the information below, which we will need for the certificate, this could save you additional costs and problems later.
Please make all switches & points accessible
in all areas, this will save time & costs
Many of the answers to these questions are information for the certificate, some are to help us conduct the test safely for us and anyone present, but some are to help us price the test & inspection fairly.
Also Important For The Test
Please make available all keys to obtain entry to all areas for the test & inspection, and make any parking permits available for the date of test. Please make sure any electrical credit meters have credit on them, as you will be charged if we have to return due to not being able to conduct a full test if no power is available.
You can pay in advance to book a test & inspection before the date of the test, but we do not give out full reports until full payment is received in cleared funds or cash. If paying by cheque or after the test date, you will not receive the report until clearance of full payment. This is due to some past clients obtaining reports, without paying the test fee required. .
What happens after a test & inspection
You will receive a Electrical Installation Condition Report this is what it says it is not a certificate, If there was faults found you will also receive a price from us to complete the electrical work (remedials ), and you will need to have a retest to obtain a satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Report from us. Once you have the satisfactory report certificate you will need to have the installation retested, at the interval noted at the next test & inspection date, which will also be stated on the fuse box or consumer unit.
Your Safety is at risk if you do not have your property tested and inspected at regular intervals more details on request.