Electrical Sockets in Chimney Flues

On a recent Full Building Survey in Dorking we were astounded to find that the owners had installed a 13 amp electrical switched socket outlet a good distance up a chimney flue, together with a number of trailing and dangerous wires.

The T.V. and other equipment were plugged into this and given the location and the fact that all of the surrounding brickwork in the flue was very damp, this all made for an extremely dangerous situation. It is part of our survey procedure to indentify this type of dangerous defect and to warn our clients.