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Over the last 20 years or so, the updates to the wiring regulations have pretty much brought the need for RCDs to be provided to just about every circuit. However these changes are not applied retrospectively…
Whilst there is no regulatory requirement to update older installations to a more modern specification, the issue of RCD protection arises at the time of an electrical report.
In most cases no RCD will result in a C3 which will is still acceptable.
We would strongly advise full RCD protection even if only a C3 (recommended improvement)
The advantage RCD protection is it may identify faulty equipment before becoming dangers
To user & property thus protecting your investment.
From the 1st of April 2021 there is a nationwide legal requirement to have an EICR
report for any rented property.
When an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is completed at a property, an electrician gives a thorough inspection & test of the installation before writing up a report of it’s condition.
There are a number of inspections completed as part of this report which focus on the whether or not the installation has RCD protection. These include requirements for sockets, cables buried in walls, circuits in bathrooms and now also lighting circuits.
Dependent upon the age of the installation in question, it could have RCDs protecting all the above, just some circuits or indeed, none at all.
When an inspection is completed, the lack of an RCD where now required by newer regulations would be highlighted. MOST of these scenarios would warrant only a C3 – IMPROVEMENT RECOMMENDED issue were an EICR be completed.
An landlord electrical report can still be classed as SATISFACTORY even if the installation has a number of C3 issues. There are however a number of situations where the lack of RCD protection is considered more of a danger and thus would be coded as C2 – POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS.
These include, but are not limited to:
In this instance you need to speak to your electrician and ask which particular requirement for RCD protection they are referring to.
From this your electrician will be better able to advise what the required remedial works are. It may be possible that RCDs may only need installing on one or two particular circuits.
This is due to the impossibly large number of variables.
Ultimately if your electrician has completed an electrical installation condition report properly, they are effectively completing a risk assessment of the dangers of your installation against the regulations.
It is not always as simple as ‘does it tick this box’ – certain things comply in certain situations, where omission of certain regulations is permitted if other particular conditions are met. Sounds complicated….? That’s because it is!
Whilst most people’s experience of electrics is just 3 wires to a plug or a socket, an electrician is working to a tight set of regulations that govern everything from:
As a fully qualified electrician I specialize in serving all domestic installations from installation of a socket to a complete rewire.
I am a fully qualified NICEIC electrician which allows me to undertake and install large commercial installations for any type of business.
I have the knowledge and expertise to remedy industrial electrical installations and repairs to ensure smooth continuous manufacturing.
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