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Anyone know any drain experts ?

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Tumble weed, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. Tumble weed

    Tumble weed Well-Known Forumite

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    Hi all, I live in a fairly old terrace house, and I've had an issue with a slow draining surface water drain for awhile. Tried rodding it today, and I've just noticed because it was raining, when rodding it I can see bubbles and more water coming up though the brick work, so I'm going to hazard a guess here that the clay pipe has cracked at some point.

    It looks like it's been dug up at some point in the past , as some of the back area is brick, and some are slabs.

    Thankfully, the drain is only a few feet away, any idea what the rough cost to excavate the area and replace the pipe would be ?

    I've also noticed, the kitchen waste pipe drains into the same drain instead of the soil pipe, I'm not sure if that's normal, but if not, I should be able to get them to sort it whilst they're here.


    Oh, and any idea who to use ? Thanks.
     
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  3. Lucy

    Lucy Well-Known Forumite

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    Kitchen waste doesn't need to drain into the soil pipe, ours doesn't.
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    There are two drainage systems - one is for 'foul' water and one is for 'surface' water, essentially the rain off your roof.

    Kitchen sink outflow really should end up in the 'foul' system.

    Instances of kitchen and, especially, washing machine outflows, ending up in the 'surface' drains abound around Stafford.

    That could well mean that you are in a situation where it all end up in one pipe anyway, though. This seems to have been common in the "old days".
     
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  6. Tumble weed

    Tumble weed Well-Known Forumite

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    Would it be the case though even if I definitely have two separate drains outside ? One is definitely linked to the soil pipe, the other a few feet away, I haven't opened it, but rettyp sure that's the surface one as the drain pipe seems to head towards it.
     
  7. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    I don't know - if you're going to have a professional look at it, he will have a much better idea of the reality in your specific situation.
     
  8. littleme

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    We've also used Bates, and would also reccomend, they have been working all through lockdown, great blokes.
     
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    They can stick a fibre optic device up the pipes.
     
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  10. That-Crazy-Rat-Lady

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    Would this not be covered by Seven Trent Water?

    If so they should fix it for free!
     
  11. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    If the pipe just takes your 'water', then it's your problem. They will still do some communal pipes.
     
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    That-Crazy-Rat-Lady Well-Known Forumite

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    This actually used to be my job!

    Have shit pouring into your house?
    Call me at Seven Trent Water and I'll schedule for someone to come out in a weeks time while you scream 'It's in my haiiirrrr!' down the phone!
    Genuinely really enjoyed that job!
     
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    Pre 1936 houses can get free visits from Severn Trent if it's the right part of your drains.. I've had them check back to the house from the main drain before so it's worth phoning the service line and emphasising how bad it is. It's that and knowing what your rights are or chancing £120 call out every time! It was Reg that actually advised me rather than keep taking the money.
     
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