Minimising Risk of Damage to Electrical Installations in Domestic Premises in Flood-Prone Areas

Having a home and its contents flood damaged is a traumatic experience. It is estimated that around 5 million properties in England and Wales are at risk of flooding every year. Sadly, floods seem to be becoming more common and so this figure is only likely to increase in the future.

Although certain geographical areas are prone to flooding periodically, some people will wish to continue living in their homes in such areas regardless of future flooding being inevitable.
This article provides guidance for electrical installers and consumers on practical measures that can be taken to minimise the risk of damage to the electrical installation and, where it is not possible to prevent flooding by water, measures that will minimise the time needed to return the installation to a serviceable condition and so allow the fastest possible re-occupation of the property.

It is important to note at this point that where the property in question is insured, it is essential to contact the insurers before carrying out substantial modifications to a property that are intended to minimise the effects of flooding.

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