Storm-Ready Electrics and Heating: A Guide for Residents

Storm-Ready Electrics and Heating: A Guide for Residents

Northern Ireland is no stranger to the wild and unpredictable weather brought by storms like Storm Babet or Storm Ciarán. In the face of impending storms, it’s essential to be well-prepared, and that includes safeguarding your electrics and heating systems. In this blog post, we’ll outline the steps you can take to get storm-ready and what to do if your electrical and heating systems are affected by flooding. Plus, we’ll explain how to contact us for assistance in times of need.

Preparing Your Electrics and Heating Systems for Storms

  • Ensure Proper Insulation: Storms often come with cold and wet weather. Ensure your home is adequately insulated to minimise the impact on your heating system. Check for drafts around windows and doors and seal any gaps.
  • Backup Power Sources: Consider investing in a backup power source for your property, such as a generator or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), to keep essential appliances and heating systems running in case of a power outage.
  • Service Your Heating System: Regular maintenance of your heating system is essential. Have it serviced before the storm season to ensure it’s in optimal working condition. This will also help prevent any unexpected breakdowns during the cold and wet months.
  • Install Surge Protectors: Electrical surges can occur during storms, damaging appliances and electronics. Installing surge protectors in your home can safeguard your valuable equipment.
  • Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit that includes essential items like flashlights, batteries, blankets, and a battery-operated radio. These items can be lifesavers during power outages.

What to Do If Flooding Affects Your Electrics and Heating Systems

  • Safety First: In the event of flooding, always prioritise safety. Do not attempt to handle electrical equipment if you’re standing in water or if it’s wet. Stay away from electrical outlets, switches, and appliances.
  • Turn Off the Power: If it is safe to do so, turn off the main electrical supply to your home. This will help prevent further damage and reduce the risk of electrical shocks. If you’re unsure how to do this, contact your utility provider or an electrician.
  • Contact a Professional: After the storm and flooding have subsided, it’s essential to have a qualified electrician, such as solv, inspect your electrical systems. They can assess the damage and make necessary repairs.
  • Heating System Inspection: Similarly, have your heating system inspected by a professional to ensure it’s safe and operational. If you suspect any damage, do not attempt to restart it yourself.

How to Contact Us for Assistance

In times of crisis, reaching out for professional help is crucial. If your electrics or heating systems have been affected by flooding during a storm, we’re here to assist you. You can contact us through the following methods:

  • We offer a dedicated 24/7 customer service. Call us at 02890 451010.
  • Online Contact Form: Fill out our online contact form. Describe your issue, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Email Support: Send an email to with details about your situation, and our team will respond promptly.

Remember, the safety of you and your family is of utmost importance. Always exercise caution when dealing with electrical and heating systems during or after a storm. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact professionals like us for assistance.

By following these storm-ready tips and knowing how to reach out to us in times of need, you can ensure that your electrics and heating systems remain reliable, even in the face of storms like Storm Babet and Storm Ciarán. Stay safe and stay prepared!