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Is it legal to fit a washing machine in the bathroom?
Hi all, I would like to fit a washing machine in the the bathroom. The power cable will be fed through a small hole in the wall with the outlet socket on the outside of the bathroom and the machine will be +1200mm from the edge of the bath and 500mm from the toilet. My question is, is this legal?
You wouldneed to install the machine 3metres horisontally away from the bath in any direction or shower in any direction if you can do this you can install the socket within the bathroom if not then you should not install it in bathroom even if the socket is outside.
Answered 29th Dec 2012
To comply with BS7671:2008 the bathroom needs to be very large, i.e. large enough so that you can place the washing machine a minimum of 3m away from the nearest edge of the bath or shower (if fitted).
In most cases domestic bathrooms are not big enough to comply with this requirement and placing a fixed appliance such as a washing machine in the bathroom witrh the cable running through the wall to a socket in the adjacent room, is very poor practice, although not illegal.
I would strongly advise against putting it in the bathroom, but if you must then it is essential that the socket you plug the machine into is RCD protected with a 30ma RCD, and that the RCD trip times are tested to confirm that they are within specification for 1 x rated current and 5 x rated current, as per the requirements of BS7671:2008.
Answered 31st Dec 2012