Last updated on 29 March 2019
Do you need to have the compliance of your home electrical installation inspected? Here are the things to check before the inspection body calls.
In Belgium, the RGIE (General Regulation on Electrical Installations) defines the rules to be followed in terms of wiring. It is on this basis that the recognised organisations determine the compliance of wiring when it is being inspected .
There are many reasons for non-compliance..
During the inspection of your electrical installation you must provide the following documents and information:
The inspector will check that these plans show the actual situation.
|These documents must mention your name and the address of the system. They must be dated and signed by the owner of the dwelling, the installer and the inspector from the certification body. So you need to provide three copies.|
If you have electrical knowledge, you can make these diagrams. If not, call an electrician.
You will also need to provide the EAN code for the connection of the wiring system.
The regulations require that a differential switch of 300 mA maximum be placed at the head of your wiring system.
They must also be provided on the circuits for bathrooms and kitchens and rooms where there is a washing machine, a dryer or a dishwasher (maximum sensitivity of 30 mA). If it detects a current leak to earth, and therefore an insulation fault, this device cuts the circuit, protecting people from electrocution.
When inspecting your wiring, the inspector measures the ground resistance of the earth connection or loop. This resistance must be less than 30 Ohms or 100 Ohms, through the installation of an additional differential switch.
Each wire in your installation is covered with insulating material which, in the same way as a water pipe, prevents 'leaks'. If this insulation is faulty, a weak current can flow from the conductor to earth and cause an electric shock or a fire.
During the inspection, the insulation is measured using a special device (megohmmeter).To do so, your entire installation will be powered off for a few minutes.
Please beware of the following:
You have one year to put it in order and have a new inspection. If the accommodation is being sold, it is the new owner of the house who will have to carry out the compliance work within 18 months of signing the deed of sale.
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