Drains to become water company responsibility – maybe

New legislation coming into force in England and Wales on 1 October means that many drains and sewers on private property will become the responsibility of the local water company rather than the landowners.

Under the current law, householders are responsible for most of the pipes that run through their property – even those that they may not know exist under the ground outside their house!

When things go wrong – as they sometimes do – householders can be left facing hefty bills to put them right. From 1 October, however, some of those responsibilities will transfer to the water companies.

Not all sewers and drains on private land will be affected, however, and you will probably still be responsible for some of the drains on your property. It depends upon the layout of your drainage system.  Generally, if the drain serves only your property (ie, it does not carry waste from neighbouring homes or other premises) and it is on your land, it will still be your responsibility to pay for repairs if they are needed.

Those repairs can be expensive and when it comes to drains, as in many things in life, prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure. Drain Doctor can carry out a CCTV survey of your drains to highlight existing and potential problems.

Details of the new rules are published by the government here. You can call Drain Doctor on 0800 3357 999.


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