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Who is Responsible for Repairing Drains and Sewers?

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Who is Responsible for Repairing Drains and Sewers?

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When it comes to cleaning drains and sewers, there can often be a lot of confusion as to whose job it is to undertake such a task.

Drainage problems can range from simple issues to complex ones that can pose a health and safety risk to your building and those within it, so it is important to know what your role is should you encounter one of these faults at any time.

As a homeowner or building owner, you are responsible for the pipes, drains and gutters that are located in and around your home, up to the property boundary.

This means that if any of your plumbing or drains break down, you will need to call a plumber or drainage professional to come and fix it for you. Ensure that any professional who you choose to carry out the work is fully registered and accredited – this will ensure that you get the work that you need, as they will be experienced in these issues and their resolutions.

Your local authority is in charge of the maintenance and repair of the drains at the side of roads which are used to drain surface water.

If there are any unpleasant smells or leaks coming from these drains, contact your local authority to resolve them. Drainage leaks and blockages can result in some unpleasant consequences, perhaps most commonly standing water. Standing water not only smells and looks unpleasant, it also harbours countless bacteria that can present health hazards to people and animals in your property.

It is important that you are fully aware of your responsibilities as a homeowner when it comes to drainage and sewers, as failure to act appropriately may result in health and safety risks as well as disputes with neighbours and/or local authorities. For certain issues, such as drain blockages, it can be difficult to ascertain where exactly the blockage is, and this can cause confusion when it comes to deciding whose responsibility it is.

It is worth contacting a professional drainage company so they can carry out a drain survey to determine where the source of the problem is, and then any necessary further action can be taken.

A&D Plumbing Services are proud members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, bringing the highest level of service to all our customers at excellent prices.

For more information, get in touch with us today 01206 205 940 – and we’ll be more than happy to help.


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