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How far does an electrical socket need to be from a washing machine water outlet pipe?
I've just started renting a property I'll be the first tenant but have refused to move in yet as I believe electrics aren't right despite it undergoing a refurb.
One "wall mounted" socket isn't mounted to the wall in the recess for the fridge, just loose on the floor right under the kitchen sink.
The socket for the washing machine is about 2 inches from the top of the water outlet pipe (once the hose is in, it will be touching the socket). The pipe and socket are parallel to each other with the top of the pipe about 2 inches below the bottom of the socket.
I've been in contact with letting agents now for 3 days but not getting any joy.
There is no specific distance stipulated within BS7671:2008 wiring regulations but to reduce any possible detrimental influence, the socket should be placed where its accessible and ideally at least 150mm - 300mm away from the pipe.
Answered 28th Sep 2013