New buildings require an official connection to the public sewer. This comes under section 106 of the 1991 Water Industry Act. The owner of a domestic property has the right to connect to the public sewerage system, but must first apply formally.

The reason for this is that the whole process of dealing with sewerage is complex, and unauthorised public sewer connections have the potential to do damage to the drainage network.

Property developers should therefore take account of this as part of any project they are undertaking.

Knowing the Drainage Layout

Anyone intending to build close to or over an existing public sewer must first notify the utilities provider responsible for the local sewerage network.

They must provide written agreement before work can commence.

This is because building over and existing sewer or drain can damage pipework. This damage may then cause leakages or blocked pipes, leading to disruption to the system, the nuisance of foul odours, and possible environmental damage.

If a developer builds over an existing sewer this can also cause problems when it comes to clearing any blockages or repair work of faulty or damaged drains, adding to the time and expense involved.

Submitting plans, means that, if necessary, there can be modifications made to the drainage network and movement of drains to accommodate the development.

Once this is clear, there is then the issue of a public sewer connection. Generally, the sewer or drain needs to be at least 0.8 metres below the ground level of the building.

The Process of Public Sewer Connections

First the developer or property owner must submit an application for a public sewer connection to the local utilities provider. This normally involves submitting a fee alongside the application, and charges may vary, depending on the nature of the connection.

If the building is covered by a planning application, the local authority must first approve this before the connection can take place.

Once approval is received, the developer must arrange for a contractor to do the work. The utilities provider will monitor the connection as it is undertaken.

There are two grounds on which the authority can refuse a public sewer connection application

These are: if a private drain or sewer is of a substandard condition; and if a connection would be likely to damage or hinder the existing public sewer.

Therefore, to avoid needless expense and a drawn-out process, it’s vital that developers have full knowledge of the public sewer network, and use a professional contractor to undertake the connection work.

Once the work is complete, the authority will inspect and approve it, and issue the relevant certification.

If you need a public sewer connection talk to Drainage Consultants. We’re hugely experienced in all aspects of drainage.

House price inflation continues its seemingly unstoppable rise, according to figures for the year to April 2017. This despite reports from mortgage lenders that the market was slowing down.

cctvdrainsurveyThe Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that the average house price in the UK increased by 5.6% in the year to April – a six month high.

Property is a serious investment, whether that’s the reason you’re buying it or not. But if you’re considering buying, or if you need to sell, how do you ensure that you’re maintaining that value?

A CCTV drain survey is one way of protecting your property investment and these are becoming increasingly commonplace for home buyers.

Not Just About Buildings

Whereas a structural survey will tell you about the condition of your property, whether buying or selling, it won’t look at the infrastructure serving the property, in particular the drains.

Why are drains important? Having a drain in a poor condition can indicate problems later on, such as leaks and blockages.

Moreover, there can be hidden dangers with damaged drains. A collapsed drain, for example, may not be obvious, but it could be leaking water into the surrounding ground which will then undermine the foundations of the property.

To help prevent issues like subsidence, therefore, a CCTV drain survey can play an essential role.

What is Involved?

A CCTV drain survey involves us sending a camera down your drains to view and record the internal state of the drainage network.

This gives us the information to help us compile a comprehensive report on the condition of your drains, including the CCTV footage we’ve taken on a DVD.

A drain survey will reveal the structural condition of your drains and allow us to conduct a full analysis.

If there are misconnections, the survey will reveal them. We can also detect rat infestation from the survey information.

Normal surveyors typically do not have the necessary specialist equipment to carry out a thorough drain survey, but many mortgage lenders and insurers now require a drainage survey.

Ideally, you should arrange your CCTV drain survey well in advance of exchange of contract.

If you want to protect your property, contact Drainage Consultants today to arrange a CCTV drain survey.