Electricians & CCTV Installers in Folkestone | Your Guide to EICRs

Can you remember the last time you had your electrical system in Folkestone inspected? The IET Wiring Regulations BS 7671 recommends specific time intervals for inspections by a competent electrician. These differ depending on whether you own a private home, a rental property or a business premises. Following your inspection, you will receive an EICR (electrical inspection condition report).

This report assesses the competence of your electrics. For example, you might need to schedule one of our full rewires or a fuse board replacement. You may even need service from emergency electricians or your CCTV installers. Of course, you could also have a perfectly safe system with no reported issues.

When completed, your EICR rates your electrics in one of 3 categories:

There’s never a bad time to invest in work like partial and full rewires, a fuse board replacement or any other service we provide as electricians and CCTV installers. However, the EICR often acts as a catalyst for system improvements.

Whether you need us for less urgent scheduled work, or as emergency electricians, Mr Powers Electrical remains the trusted choice for discerning property owners in Folkestone.

Do I Need an EICR?

Over time, your property’s electrical installations will deteriorate. If left unchecked for a significant period of time, your system could become a safety risk. For example, faulty wiring and appliances can start electrical fires. Improperly insulated wiring can also cause dangerous electrical shorts.

Whether you’re a homeowner, a landlord or a business owner, you must arrange for the necessary checks on the condition of your property’s electrics. This not only minimises danger, it also ensures you stay ahead of potentially costly issues.

Swift action may be the difference between partial and full rewires. You might only need to perform a fuse board replacement as opposed to more extensive repairs.

Our electricians and CCTV installers always fully comply with BS 7671 . As such, we recommend EICR inspections at your Folkestone property in adherence with the following guidelines:

The Consequences of Not Having An EICR

When it comes to EICRs and the law, there are some grey areas. It is not yet a legal requirement to have an up to date EICR. However, business owners and landlords are legally responsible for the safety and welfare of employees and tenants alike. As such, you will be prosecuted if your unsafe electrics cause harm.

As time-served emergency electricians and CCTV installers, we also cannot overstate the importance of a valid EICR if you’re looking to buy a new home in the Folkestone area. No matter how much you fall in love with a property, you must check that it has an in-date electrical report before making an offer.

There are countless examples of people taking the previous owner’s word that the property has competent electrics. Then, after moving in, an electrician discovers a system in a terrible, and dangerous, condition.

Needless to say, having already faced the costs of moving to a new house, the last thing you want is to face bills for work like fuse board replacements and full rewires.

You wouldn’t buy a car without an MOT; we strongly advise not paying for a house in Folkestone without a valid EICR.

Whether you need EICR-related advice, electrical services or urgent attention from an emergency electrician, you can always rely on Mr Powers Electrical.

Call us on 03333 015 050 to talk over options for your own electrical work in Folkestone. As electricians and CCTV installers, we cover a full range of services.