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    Shower Safety requirements

    Hi! I'm new here so please let me know if I'm doing anything I shouldn't be!
    We rent out our old house. The power shower unit needs replacing (like for like) and the plumber our letting agent uses is saying it should be fitted higher up the wall as it isn't "drench-proof". This will entail £400 extra cost in cutting channels in the wall, additional pipework and making good the tiling. The unit is an Aqualisa Aquastream and Aqualisa say the unit can be safely fitted at whatever height you like. So I don't understand where the "drench-proof" bit comes from. Not a phrase I've heard and Mr Google doesn't seem to have heard of it either. Agent is suggesting it's a Health & Safety issue. Does anyone know what are (or where I can find) the legal H&S requirements for showers in rented properties with private landlords, please? It is a normal semi detached with a family of four living there. Incidentally, they don't want the unit moving either - they just want a working shower! Thank you!

    #2
    I think someone is making work for himself, by telling you it's 'regulations'.

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      #3
      There are no specific health and safety regulations for showers in rented properties.
      The requirement is that the property is "safe"

      If you can't find drench proof on google (and neither can I) either you've misheard or the plumber is talking nonsense.
      I'd tell the agent that they need to find an alternative plumber or explain what the H&S issue is - it sounds like a rip off to me.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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        #4
        The instructions say "The casing must not be sited where it is subjected to continuous spray from the shower head.", which is not the same a being safe at any height. There is a transformer that has more restricted allowed locations.

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          #5
          Get another plumber
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            Get another plumber
            and/or a different shower unit.

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              #7
              The casing must not be sited where it is subjected to continuous spray from the shower head.
              So its siting depends on the position and angle of the spray head when it is not being held.

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                #8
                Just be aware that electric showers were at one time were feed by a 6mm cable. A lot of today's models require a 10mm cable, this could be a big expense to install. Also ensure that there is a RCBO fitted in the consumer unit.

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                  #9
                  Apparently as long as the spray from the shower head isn't directly spraying on the unit that is ok.

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