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    Who is responsible for outdoor drain blockage?

    Drainage Specialists

    If there’s an outdoor drain blockage, who would be responsible for this?

    Asked by Robert on 30th Nov 2020
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    TT Drainage and Plumbing Services Ltd

    "If the drain line is a shared drain line that runs through the property boundary it will be the water board. If it a drain line starts within the property boundary or the line going to a shared drain line on the property boundary this is the responsibility of the homeowner or if the drain line runs to a septic tank this also lies with the homeowner of the property. but once a drain line leaves the property boundary and it is going to a public sewer it then becomes the responsability of the water board."

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since May 2019 - report
    Drain Saints

    "Hi,
    It does depend on where you are in the country and who the utility company is. We are in the region of Anglian Water and if the blockage is within your property boundaries and you have manhole access then the blockage is your responsibility. However, if you have shared drainage, meaning other properties waste passes through your drains then it would be Anglian Water's responsibility.
    I hope this clears things up for you a bit.
    Many Thanks
    Leanne"

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    JandJdrains

    "In 2011 October water board took over shared drains on two or more properties you are responsible up to your boundary or up main carrier line if it runs through your property if you aren't sure call the water board and they should be able to tell you."

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    Am drainage

    "If your neighbours are affected then be the water board.
    If they are not then will be a private issue and down to the landlord/ homeowners."

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since May 2020 - report
    WW Services

    "Would depend on where the drain is outside?
    Is it in your property?
    Is it shared?
    Is it foul or surface water?"

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    Proline Services Ltd

    "Depends where the blockage is, if the blockage is on your property ie a manhole on your property then it’s your responsibility but if it’s in a main run or a shared drain then it’s the water boards responsibility.
    Hope this helps."

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    Drain Doctor

    "It is the responsibility of the homeowner unless its a shared line then, in that case, you can call your local water board and they will come and assist free of charge."

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    London’s finest drainage

    "If it’s on your property it’s you the owner of the house. If it’s out of boundaries it’ the water board."

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    DRIVE REFURBS

    "It would all depend if it is on your side of the property if the main sewer is blocked it's down to water company."

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
    AA Plumbing and drainage services ltd

    "Some blockages are down to the local water company but this depends on the drain layout and if it is a shared line with another property. So if you have a manhole in your garden and this also takes your neighbours, any blockages in the manhole are local water authority but if your drain from your home is blocked and the manhole is clear then it's down to you."

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    Excel Drainage Ltd

    "If the drain is on your property going into your drain then you are.
    If the blockage is in the main sewer that its the responsibility of the Local Water Authority."

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    CM Drainage Ltd

    "This will be down to the owner of the property unless the blockage is after the property then I’m sure it’s down to Thames water."

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Jun 2020 - report

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