What You Need to Know About Drain Installation in South East London
Every property whether residential or commercial will use a drainage system and like all systems involving water or fluids leaks or corrosion related problems can occur. Whether you are looking for drain installation or drain repair in South East London there are certain things you will need to know before you proceed with any work.
Some home or business owners try to install, or fix drains themselves as they think it is a simple job. On the contrary, there is a lot more involved than most people think. Apart from the obvious physical labour and dirty work, there are also legal aspects as well as a very good understanding of plumbing and how underground drainage works.
Locating Existing Drains
Drain installation or repair firstly requires locating the properties existing drains or the nearest drainage system to the property. The first port of call to find out about the location of your drains would be in your property deeds. Your deeds may not only have the initial drawings of the location of the drains when the house was built but may also have records of drainage or plumbing changes that have been carried out over the years.
Who Is Responsible for The Maintenance of Your Drains?
Within the deeds of your property you should also be able to locate the date the original drains were installed. If this was before the 1936 Public Health Act deadline of 1st October 1937 you may be in a position to question your local authorities as to who is financially responsible for the maintenance of the drains and it might not be you!
If you are changing or converting existing runs of drains or installing new ones, you are legally obligated to contact the Building Control Department of South East London who will require you to provide them with diagrams of the proposed work to your drains and to have them inspected by one of their building control officers once they are completed for health and safety reasons.
You do not have to contact the South East London Building Control Department if you are only replacing existing drains and not making any conversions to the existing system or adding to it.
Know Your Pipework
Unless you are a plumber or in the building trade it is unlikely you will know much about underground piping for drains. Firstly, it is important to note that all underground pipes are brown in colour and that most properties in the UK built after the 1970’s will tend to have one of two types of underground drain pipes, these are Plastic UPVC and Clay. Plastic UPVC is the most likely material to have been used for your underground plumbing due to its light weight in comparison to clay and its cost effectiveness. Some properties located in areas where there may be a lot of rain or soil movement, however, may have had vitrified clay pipes during drain installation due to its strength and ability to stay in place with less soil bedding
Professionals Are Called Professionals for A Reason
In this article we have just touched the surface when it comes to important information you need to have knowledge of and consider before any drain installation or alterations to your drains can take place.
Utilising the services of a professional drain installation company in South East London can save you a lot of time and money. A local, reputable company should be able to walk you through all aspects of any work you may need carrying out on your drains from initial drawings, sourcing materials, carrying out the work and even dealing with the building inspector.