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During an EICR I have come across a metal tap and copper pipes supplied by a blue plastic pipe.

This measures 0.022 MegOhms, this is directly under the consumer unit which is metal.

Is this an extranous conductive part?
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Well that's an unfortunate figure to get!!

Smack on the limit of what is classed as an extraneous conductive part (ECP)

I believe the resistance to earth of the suspected extraneous conductive part should actually be greater than 22K ohms between the suspected ECP and the MET of the CU (or nearest known verified connection to earth) (i.e 0.022M ohms), therefore yes, it is an ECP. Also, from certain literature I've read you could add on a factor of safety, bringing the value up to perhaps 25K, meaning your suspected part is definitely ECP.

It's a bit odd how it can test as low as 22K though, as you can clearly see both pipes being fed by plastic. Are there any other metal pipes coming off from those pipes, perhaps going straight into the wall, maybe hidden behind the insulation of the pipes?

Also, I cant see where your leads are attached to. What have you got the 2 leads attached to? Just noticed you say one end is attached to the CU. If the Cu is painted or has some kind of coating, this will affect the result drastically. I'd be opening the CU up and attaching to the MET (as long as you are an electrician).
 
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I'm guessing you used a megger tester to get that reading? Most normal testers would have given you the result in ohms or kiloohms, not as a fraction of a megaohm ..... If you did then do the test again using a multimeter.
 
t's a bit odd how it can test as low as 22K though, as you can clearly see both pipes being fed by plastic. Are there any other metal pipes coming off from those pipes, perhaps going straight into the wall, maybe hidden behind the insulation of the pipes?
THIS ^^^^
I'd be looking at that and thinking "How?!"

(a very idle thought - has the left hand screw for the tap grazed a cable?!)
I'm guessing you used a megger tester to get that reading? Most normal testers would have given you the result in ohms or kiloohms, not as a fraction of a megaohm ..... If you did then do the test again using a multimeter.
He did the right test, detailed in Guidance Note 8.
 
Thinking outside the box...

Perhaps it's the actual water that's causing the low resistivity?

Here's an extract detailing what cat 5 water may contain..

"Fluid category 5 (CAT 5) is described as a fluid representing a serious health hazard because of the concentration of pathogenic organisms, radioactive or very toxic substances. This includes any fluid which contains faecal material or other human waste, butchery or other animal waste, or pathogens from any other source."

Unfiltered tap water has a resistivity of between 1000ohms and 5000ohms (I think per meter). Dirty river water as low as 200ohms per meter (all found from the net, I'm not pretending I know this). So, I expect the resistivity of the cat 5 water is pretty low.

If the cat 5 water comes from another pipe nearby that is earthed, this may be the cause of the low IR reading. Very much on thin ice here though and I don't really understand all the implications. Interesting though.
 
Someone who actually knows what they’re doing.

The amount of sparks I know that assume plastic pipe = doesn’t need bonding, just because it says in the regs. You should always test the pipes because you can’t guarantee that they don’t shoot back into the ground within the installation
 
Its not always a good idea to bond regardless , this is why i do test from the met (in the cu ) to the suspected part , as far as i know the water is not used and is actually turned off from a lower stop cock , it seems a funny place to have a water supply of any type (under the stairs in communal area).
i will pull some insulation off and see if there are any T’s , i think the water if fed from a tank in the bin store , so not drinkable
 
That was interesting.

I wonder where the figure of 1000Ω - 5000Ω of resistivity per meter for household water comes from then? I'm guessing the fact that John takes the measurement from the pipes and not the actual water means that it will not be in the 1K - 5k region, but I can't see why it is so much higher, i.e 190K.
 
That was interesting.

I wonder where the figure of 1000Ω - 5000Ω of resistivity per meter for household water comes from then?
Are you sure those figures are "per meter"?.Some sites give similar resitivity readings (researchgate.net) "per centimeter".JW,s readings would naturally be a hundred times higher and add significantly to the overall resistance
I'm guessing the fact that John takes the measurement from the pipes and not the actual water
His readings are from the "actual water".The copper ends that the leads are attached to would have no effect on the resistance readings
 

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