Earth Bonding – I called an electrician to do some work and he says he cannot do it because the earth bonding on the system is inadequate. Why is this?
Electricians and gas fitters must by law check the earth bonding on your system before doing any work. If the system does not meet current standards they cannot proceed.
Metal parts of your electrical system and appliances can become “live” if there is a fault. Therefore all metal parts must be bonded to an adequate copper conductor earth wire which connects all appliances, water and gas pipes to the main earthing conductor at the consumer unit.
Then, if there is a fault, the electricity is conducted safely away to earth and the consumer protection unit (circuit breaker) will trip rendering the system completely safe.
Landlords have a duty of care to ensure that accommodation is safe, but unlike with gas there’s no law that says you need to provide an annual electrical test certificate. You should however make sure you have your system and appliances checked on a regular basis.
Note: never rely totally on these standard answers. Before taking action or not, always seek professional advice with the full facts of the case and all documents to hand. LandlordZONE.co.uk