Buying a house near power lines or a substation in the UK

Are looking to buy a house that is near to a power line or substation? There are various things that you need to put into consideration before making the decision. It is true that the majority of the people have concerns about living near a substation. That is why you may get a good deal when buying the house due to the fewer people willing to buy. One of the primary concerns when purchasing the home is to find out the level of the electromagnetic field around the power line. It is good to check the concentration of the electromagnetic fields and the whereabouts of the cables. Your safety should become your major priority before purchasing that dream home.

What is EMF?
EMF stands for the electromagnetic field. Most times any power plant would have the electromagnetic field around it. Anything that passes the main electricity including the station, power lines, or power pylons has EMF. The stations have varying sizes ranging from big ones to small ones.

Although not massive, it is good to contact the relevant power authorities to inquire about the strength and level of the EMF. The wisest thing to do is look up for substation surveys reports in the recent past to see if there are any risks involved in living near the place. You can also ask for the substation safety guidelines from the management to read through before making an offer to buy. Substation assessments will help you to know how safe you will be living in the area with your family.
You can also find the EMF in the houses, home appliances, and wiring. However, the strength of the magnetic field is low. Trees and buildings near the station can shield the EMF. Although many times, there are not so many buildings near the station and that means that the strength is high. The EMF reduces as the distance from the station increases. The further away you are from the plant, the better for you.

How far away from the station do you need to be?
Many people would want to know how far from the station they should buy their house? However, the answer is not straightforward. There are a lot of factors that you need to consider. Different countries have a different regulation regarding the measurements of where to reside from the station. Checking with the relevant authorities is good.The standard measurements stipulated is that you need to live 50 meters or 100 meters away from any power line. Living within 50 meters of the EMF line is risky to your safety. Conducting substation surveys helps to make the correct measurement.
The UK has an EMF policy that spells out the guidelines to be followed. The procedure is helpful in making sure that the residents follow the set limits. Finding out the type of power plant near you is critical in substation assessments. Sometimes we may have the small stations called the final distribution centers or the bigger power pylons situated away from the urban regions. The high levels of EMF have been linked to pose health risks to residents living near the power lines. There have been cases of leukemia among most people residing around.

Is it safe to live near a power line?
The most critical concern is always the safety of your family. Exposure to high levels of EMF is dangerous especially if you have small children around. Buying a house means that the place becomes your home. You and your family will, therefore, be exposed to the EMF almost all the time. Various studies reveal that EMF is especially bad for the children. The children living near a station have shown an increased risk of contracting leukemia. Even though the research is not conclusive, some of the people who previously lived there, still live to tell.

It is critical to note that some of the exposure limits put on the plant for substation safety come from the manufacturers. The limits may not necessarily come from the UK experts but the independent international professionals. You, therefore, have to double check the UK guidelines and the manufacturer’s guidelines and make sure you comply with both.
There have been health concerns of the high level of EMF found near the power stations. Research conducted over a period revealed the increased risk of contracting health related problems. The closer you are to the EMF the more the risk you have of getting diseases such as cancer. The World Health Organization it the report mentioned some of the consequences of exposure to high levels of EMF. They include:
• Rashes
• Insomnia
• Fatigue
• A headache
• Muscle pain
• Anxiety
When it is necessary that you buy the house, make sure to do the double-checking for your family safety.

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Laima Blaauw
Laima Blaauw
13:40 04 May 20
EMF Inspections Ltd is one of the most efficient companies I've come across. Atanas responded to my enquiry promptly... and I had survey done and clear report sent over to me faster than I expected it. Very satisfied with the speed of communication and the service, and therefore, would recommend the company to anyone who needs a peace of mind over EMF issues.read more
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mabooie .
07:33 16 Apr 20
Great company, friendly, professional and definitely worth the piece of mind.
Ellie Hajee
Ellie Hajee
13:27 06 Mar 20
Booked a survey in the afternoon, and had the inspection the following morning at 9.30 am. Fantastic service. Would... highly recommend.read more
Chris Turner
Chris Turner
15:07 26 Jan 20
Very happy with the service we was provided. We were responded to very quickly and got booked in for a reading in the... matter of days. Very professional service.read more
Thomas G
Thomas G
16:02 09 Dec 19
We have used their services for low frequency EMF survey on a house in Surrey. I was very happy with how knowledgeable... and accommodating Atanas was throughout the whole process and would happily recommend their services to my friends and family.read more
Maria
Maria
10:33 20 Nov 19
I moved into a new property recently and started having some problems with my sleep. As the electricity meter and... consumer unit where situated within the property in a cupboard in the kitchen I started thinking that perhaps this had something to do with it as they could possibly be generating high level of EMF'S. I instructed EMF Inspections Ltd to carry out both a Low and High Frequency Radiation surveys at my property. The lady who carried out the inspection, Donika, was very professional, polite and knowledgable about the subject and after carrying out both inspections reassured me that my home was very safe. She spent time explaining many aspects of how EMF's are generated by appliances,etc and how we can protect ourselves from such EMF's just by simply not standing next to them. She was very thorough and when she left I felt reassured that my sleep problems had nothing to do with EMF's and it was more likely to do with the stress of moving to a new home. I cannot thank her enough for having the peace of mind that I now have.read more
Karen Andrewartha
Karen Andrewartha
01:01 15 Nov 19
I can’t recommend this company more highly. Atanas was so helpful throughout the booking process and his... communication was excellent. I felt so well listened to, and the company were available with short notice at a time that was perfect for ourselves and the vendor of our property.Donika completed our survey for us and was absolutely wonderful! She was friendly, knowledgeable and made me feel completely at ease. Donika completed the survey so thoroughly, explaining readings to me as we went, and gave me excellent feedback at the end of the survey. We then received a very detailed personalised report with highest/lowest and average readings taken from each room in the house, garden and driveway. Atanas also included some helpful documents to explain more about EMF in the email.I really cannot express how pleased I was with this company from start to finish, and would like to thank Atanas and Donika very much for putting our minds at rest xread more
Richard Snashall
Richard Snashall
11:12 30 Oct 19
Very speedy service and a comprehensive and clear report at the end. It really gave me confidence to proceed with my... house purchase.read more
Noemi Diamantini
Noemi Diamantini
18:35 16 Oct 19
Very good experience! I could book the service quickly and Atanas was helpful throughout the process. I got my report... in one day which was pretty useful. Kudos to Donika that did the inspection for me; she was very nice and patient and answered promptly to all my questions and concerns.read more
Cem Salfati
Cem Salfati
19:19 16 Sep 19
Transparent, reliable, expert service. Very responsive to questions. Would recommend their service!
Eric Allen
Eric Allen
19:39 10 Jun 19
The survey by EMF Inspections helped to put my mind at ease when purchasing a property with nearby mobile phone masts.... They were polite and prompt, and provided a detailed report on their findings including their evaluation of the potential health risk. I would happily work with them againread more
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