When it comes to drainage at your home or at your buy-to-let property, there can be a whole host of confusing terms bandied around. This guide explains what some of the most common terms are and what they mean:
An underground pipeline which removes and flows away foul sewage and/or surface water from a single property.
A drain which is outside of the boundary of the property.
A pipeline which normally removes and flows away foul sewage and/or surface water from more than one property.
Domestic or industrial waste water i.e. washing facilities, WC's, sinks etc.
Rainwater from roofs, paths, drives, etc.
Combined system/sewer or drain
A system which drains both foul and storm water.
Water which naturally occurs within the ground (water table).
The direction of travel compared to the flow of water
General maintenance advice
We all know that prevention is better than the cure, but how does this apply to your drains?
Here are a few helpful hints to pass to your tenants to help maintain the drains and avoid blockages:
Don’t flush non-degradable items down the toilet, such as sanitary towels, nappies and wipes
Regularly check that the drains are free flowing by lifting drain covers
Don’t dispose of food waste down the kitchen sink
Avoid putting fats and grease down your drains
Don’t allow debris and leaves to collect in the gutters and drain gullies
Keep items that could fall into the toilet or down a plughole away from the area
This post was contributed by The Property Consortium
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