With serious flooding in some areas of the UK, boilers and central heating systems may not be your first consideration, yet when the floods subside there are some important things to consider to help keep you and your family safe.
Wherever there is water and electricity, it can be a dangerous mix. So it pays to be prepared and know the facts. Here Graham Collins, Training Support Manager at Baxi, offers some advice for homeowners:
Condensing boilers can fail in flood conditions if the condensate discharge pipe terminates outside. If the condensate pipe is outside, there should be an air break above the drain. In flood conditions the water level can rise above the end of the pipe and cause a blockage. The condensate discharge water then “backs up” into the boiler, causing it to shut down to protect itself. Generally, the boiler can be reset once the flood water level has fallen below the pipe outlet, but it should be checked by a Gas Safe engineer to make sure the boiler hasn’t been damaged.
If you’re a homeowner in a flooded area we recommend you contact your insurance provider in the first instance.