Are you responsible for dealing with a blocked drain?

December 10, 2020 12:02 pm


Blocked drains are a nuisance for anyone and they can cause water damage to your home and unpleasant smells to linger around. A  Drainage Cleaning company such as Wilkinson will be able to help you out with any issues that you may have found. First it is important to see where the issue might be coming and decide whether it is your responsibility to get the problem sorted.

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If the problems occur in the road outside of your home then the responsibility is likely to lie with the local council. However, this is typically the responsibility of the homeowner if the issue is triggered by a pipe that is directly connected to your home.

Flats & Apartments

All care, up to and including the boundary, is the responsibility of the building management company and this should be clearly specified in the contract and a copy kept by all tenants in case of any problems occurring.

Detached properties

If the blocked drain is either near or within the limits of the land, it is the duty of the owner to clear it and if necessary, fix it.

Semi-detached houses and terraced ones

Properties that are connected will also share pipes and drains, in which case the property owners will be collectively responsible for this. Any expenses that are involved should be divided equally. The exception to this is if the issue has been triggered by one side, in which case it would be the owner’s individual liability. If what has caused the problem is not clear, it might be important to get a qualified expert to identify where the problem has occurred.