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Who Is Responsible For Blocked Sewage

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  • 06-06-2018
Who Is Responsible For Blocked Sewage

Who Is Responsible For Blocked Sewage Pipes

One of the major sources of conflict between neighbours is deciding who is responsible for drainage. These issues are not normally thought about until the problem occurs. When a drain becomes blocked, you will need to find out who is responsible for the blocked pipes.

In most situations, the owner of the property is responsible for the drains that are located within the bounds of your property. If there is a problem with the drains and sewers outside of your property, these are usually the responsibility of the sewage company.

Most sewers in the Uk are now publicly owned. However, there may still be some sewers and drains that are privately owned. If one of these sewers serves your property, you may be the person responsible for keeping it maintained. 

Drain Repairs

To identify where the blockage has occurred, you will need to lift the inspection chamber. This will show you whether there is any backed up sewage on your property or whether it is in the public sewer. Find out if any of your neighbours have been effected by blocked drains. This will indicate whether it is a public sewer causing the problem.

The person responsible for the blocked drain will depend on where the blockage occurs. You will need to establish whether the blockage is in a private drain or a public sewer.

If you notice a problem with any drains or sewers on your property, you will need to pay a professional to complete the work. You can choose whichever drain repair company that you want to complete the work. You may also decide to take out insurance for any work on your private drains.

Your building insurance company will usually inform you if it is your responsibility to take out insurance for the drains to your property.

Drain Unblockers

If you think that you have a blockage in a drain that is located near your property, you will need to find out who is responsible for the drain maintenance. If the sewers are private and belong to you, you will need to contact an expert to unblock the problem..

If the problem is with a public sewer, then you should contact the local authorities and inform them of the blockage.

If your neighbour is responsible for the blockage, then it is their responsibility to pay for the maintenance. If they refuse to pay to repair any drains that they are responsible for, you will need to contact your local Environmental Health Officers (EHOs).