Although the Building Regulations do not include requirements for the continuing maintenance or repair of drains and sewers, local authorities and sewerage undertakers have powers to ensure that adequate maintenance is carried out, that repairs and alterations are carried out properly, and that disused drains and sewers are sealed. ...»
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister UKThe Building Regulations 2000 approved document H Drainage and waste disposalBron: website 29/03/2014
The law (common law) requires that you use your property or land in a way that does not increase the risk of flooding to a neighbouring property. If you do carry out acts on your property that results in flooding to other people’s property, you may face a civil action.
To reduce the risk of flooding to neighbouring properties, the law requires that you:
Keep your drains clear in your property and to ensure that you do not drain water into your neighbour’s property or foul drain. There is a natural right of drainage that allows water that flows naturally across your land to flow downhill naturally to your neighbour’s land. But you are not allowed to artificially channel water a way that will cause damage your neighbour’s land. If you do, you may face a civil action. (Example: Yes - Rainwater that falls on your lawn is allowed to flow downhill through your neighbour’s land. No - You are not allowed to channel roof water through a down pipe on to your neighbour’s property.) ...»
You must maintain the supply pipes that are your responsibility. This includes leak detection, repairs and replacement. You should contact your water company to find out if they offer help for subsidised or free repairs.
Each company must have a code of practice which sets out how they address any leakage from household supply pipes.
If you have a water meter and your bill was abnormally high because of leakage that has since been repaired, you may be able to claim an allowance for the cost of water lost. You should contact your water company for more information. Companies have specific responsibilities to check supply pipes for leakage when meters are fitted and to carry out repairs where no further excavation is required to do this work.
If your company has recorded leakage in your area but cannot source the leak to their pipes, they may issue a legal notice under the Water Industry Act 1991 to inform you of a potential private leak and your legal requirement to fix it. This notice will advise you of timescales. If you do not fix the problems in the time allowed, the company can carry out the works and pass on the costs to you. ...»
You are responsible for maintaining or repairing any drains inside the boundaries of your property.
You will have to pay to get this work done, but you are free to choose whichever company you want to do the work. Alternatively, you may take out insurance to pay for work on private drains.
Sometimes, you may be required to have insurance for the drain to your property. You should check with your building insurance company whether this is the case.
In some circumstances, your local authority environmental health department can order you to carry out improvement work or replace a private drain. They might do this if, for example, they think your drain is too small for your property or if it’s causing a blockage.
If necessary, a local authority can carry out the work themselves and then charge you for it. ...»
Look closely for damage to roof coverings and metal flashings as problems in these areas may provide a route for water penetration into the building. If possible, inspect accessible roof voids for any sign of water ingress after heavy rain too. ...»
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Structural dampness is the presence of unwanted moisture in the structure of a building, either the result of intrusion from outside or condensation from within the structure. A high proportion of damp problems in buildings are caused by condensation, rain penetration or rising damp ...»
Put simply, ventilation is the removal of ‘stale’ air from inside a building and its replacement with ‘fresh’ air from outside. Adequate ventilation is essential in your home to maintain a healthy environment but also to prevent the build-up of excess levels of humidity and to provide air for fuel-burning appliances. A good ventilation system will help remove cooking smells, allergens and other irritants, such as tobacco smoke, and make your home a considerably more pleasant, healthy and comfortable place to live. - See more at: http://www.homebuilding.co.uk/advice/key-choices/heating/ventilation-options#sthash.DKUs2Osk.dpuf ...»
The Act places duties on anyone in control of premises who makes them available as a place of
work for others to take reasonable measures to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the
premises, plant and equipment are safe and without risks to health. ...»