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Installing dryer in "wet" utility room

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by jfsoar, 19 Aug 2021.

  1. jfsoar

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    Hi,

    My utility room is set up with a drain in the floor in an alcove where the previous owners used to hang clothes -- a bit like a wet room.

    Elsewhere in the utility room there is the usual sink, washing machine, countertop height sockets etc.

    The alcove is the perfect size for our condensing tumble dryer, which I have piped to discharge into the drain below.

    I'd like to run power to the tumble dryer in the stud wall behind the alcove, spurring off one leg of the ring main (using wago boxes) in the loft above the alcove to a single socket or FCU above/behind the dryer. The circuit is RCD protected at the consumer unit

    What are my options? Should I use an FCU above the dryer at the same height as other sockets in the room and use a flex outlet plate behind the dryer? If I do this, the outlet plate will be very close to the drain.Is that OK, or do I need to treat the room as a "wet room"?

    Or am I limited to a socket halfway up the wall to plug the dryer into?

    In terms of safety, the dryer drain doesn't splash at all, as very little water is produced. I'm more worried about the work being up to standard (or even allowed) if this must be treated as a special zone.

    There's no provision for it now, but if either of the above solutions is acceptable, would it be totally out of the question to hang damp clothes above the dryer? It's still a nice alcove. Perhaps with a weatherproof FCU?

    Either way will beat the temporary extension lead we're using now.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    There is no fixed shower or bath in the room?

    You don't want wet clothes dripping on an electrical appliance.
     
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    No bath or shower in the room.


    Yes, I'm not really seriously considering drying clothes over it.... Perhaps with a worktop over it! But really only after getting power to the dryer at this point.
     

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    hang them over the sink and drainer.

    And add an extractor fan near the ceiling to suck out the water vapour.
     
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    That's the thing, the previous owners were quite thoughtful, there's a floor drain and a passive vent above... A great alcove for clothes drying. It's also the only place the tumble dryer fits without remodelling the room right now, so needs must.

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    but that doesn't stop you having a hanging rail or roll-out line above the sink and drainer

    which is ideal for accomodating drips.

    you can put your racks for dry laundry on the wall above the drier.
     
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    So no problems with an outlet plate near a drain?
     
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    if it's 450mm above floor level, are you expecting water to splash it?
     
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