I rent out my house and recently invited an electrician to inspect the
property and issue an electrical certificate for it. He declined to give the
certificate on the basis that a washing machine was in the bathroom and that
it was running off an extension cable that originated in the kitchen.
I spoke to the agents that manage the house and they consulted their
electrician who apparently said that the washing machine was ok in the
bathroom so long as it was boxed in and could not be touched. The extension
cable would be ok so long as it was some special sort of cable that would be
ok if the ground got damp. This all cost me in excess of £250 to do.
Now I spoke to a third elecrician who tells me that the second electrician
should not have issed the certificate as the washing machine should not be
in the bathroom at all.
What am I to make of all this?
As yet another electrician, and in my opinion the siting of a washing
machine in a bathroom puts you in breach of the following IEE regulations.
Possibly 601-04-01 depending on your ELI and protection type, possibly
601-04-02 depending on any equipotential bonding, possibly 601-08-01
depending on how far away from the bath it is, 601-10-02 if you have a
socket in the bathroom. I'm sure I could find other problems if I really
tried. The bathroom is a really c**p place to put an electrical appliance.
was abroad and I came back to find the builders had fitted it in the
bathroom. I did'nt like that but space in the kitchen was lacking and I
did'nt realise how bad it was in terms of regulations (the builders were
respectable and I assumed their electrician and plumber had a legal
obligation to comply with IEE regulations. Then of course another
electrician tells the agents that all I have to do is box it in etc..
Seems like it will have to come out of the bathroom. But it annoys me,
because as a landlord, if a tenant gets electrocuted, I will get all the
c**p , even though I have 1 builder, 1 plumber, several electrcians and a
housing agent telling me its ok to have it in the bathroom.
I would fail it on 601-08-01 which says even when located outside zones 1, 2
and 3 that socket outlets are not allowed in a bathroom. An extension lead
into a bathroom is a sure way of an electrical inspection failure regardless
of the type of cable used. The extension lead would break 601-04-01 rules
anyway (I cannot see a trailing lead on an extension having the correct
supplementary bonding). If done properly there is no reason why a washing
machine cannot go in a bathroom but in this case the job is not done
I'd suggest you take up with Builder & demand his installer rectify so
complies at THEIR EXPENSE.
Builder may be in professional body. Installer certainly would be in
ECA or NIC and if you find their name, take up with them
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