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    Since my neighbour had artificial grass installed I seem to be getting damp patches on my property which are now showing on the external wall, and some puddles at the boundary between our gardens. I've been in the house for seventeen years, the artificial grass was installed two years ago and the problems started showing at the turn of this year. The buildings are on a slope with our house lower than next door. I don't think there was any drainage installed with the artificial grass and I think we're getting much more run off than previously. At the front of the house I dug down to the water in / out and there was no sign of leakage. The damps is at both front and back, as is the artificial turf. I'm trying to find out which trade would be able to diagnose this so I can employ someone to investigate and provide professional advice on what's causing the damp areas / puddles.

    Asked by Brian on 1st Oct 2021

    We've got puddles forming on clay soil or garden in our new. What's an appropriate drainage solution? As the external floor was very high and leading to bridging or damp course we've removed it and dug down around 8-10 inches in that area. We've got through some concrete and type one and now found clay which the water sits on. Should I dig further into the clay or just lay something drainable on top? We've removed the concrete along the rest of the side return but not yet dug the type one away there. We have a manhole at the back of our garden which we could potentially channel water towards. Should we remove dig the whole of the side return to the same level? Currently, at least there is plenty of depth below the rear wall meaning it won't bridge the damp course but as it's now the lowest point in the garden I'm concerned that water in the rest of the garden may drain towards that area and cause problems.

    Asked by Sam on 22nd Aug 2021

    Why does a gutter need to be installed with a slope? What would happen if it wasn’t? What exactly is the angle/level of this slope in most cases? Are there different types of slopes with different pros and cons?

    Asked by Kelly on 11th Aug 2021

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    Do external rainwater pipe joints require sealing? And if so, why?

    Asked by Simon on 4th Aug 2021

    What exactly is a guttering ice dam? What are the benefits of having an ice dam?

    Asked by Michael on 21st Jul 2021

    How can I improve the aesthetics of my concrete gutters? Should I paint them? What else could I do?

    Asked by Joyce on 15th Jul 2021

    Is seamless aluminium guttering any good? What are the pros and cons of this type of guttering? If I get it installed, will I need to undertake any maintenance work or should it be okay? What do you think? Thanks for your time!

    Asked by Jackie on 7th Jul 2021

    How can I improve the aesthetics of my concrete gutters? Should I paint them? What else could I do?

    Asked by Elly on 2nd Jul 2021

    We are looking to build a single storey extension on a bungalow but the soil manhole is where we want to extend, The run goes parallel with the bungalow and we are on the end, At present the run goes under a previous extension at the property. What are our options?

    Asked by Stewart on 12th Jun 2021

    I HAVE JUST HAD MY SEPTIC TANK EMPTIED 3 WEEKS AGO BUT ITS NOW FULL AGAIN AND THE SMALL MANHOLE BELOW ITS FULL AS WELL AND NOW ITS STARTING TO LEAK INTO THE GARDEN. WHY IS MY SEPTIC TANK LEAKING?

    Asked by Keiran on 12th May 2021
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