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Who Is Responsible For Repairing Drains and Sewers? London Drainage Explains All

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

London Drainage Facilities (LDF) details exactly who is responsible for repairing our drains and sewers.

Who is responsible for repairing drains?

Generally, as a rule of thumb a homeowner is responsible for the drains that fall within the boundaries of their property and in the event of something going wrong, they will be required to pay for the repairs needed. They are also in charge of deciding on a suitable and professional company to carry out the work that is required.

Who is responsible for repairing sewers?

Sewers and lateral drains connected to the public network used to be the responsibility of the property owner; however, due to new Government legislation (effective as of 2011) sewers are now maintained by local water companies.

Private and unadopted sewers

If you live in a block of flats the rules are a bit different - you are more likely to have what is known as a private or unadopted sewer. If this is the case, should repair work need doing and you own a property, you are responsible for the cost of maintaining it. If the sewer serves a number of properties, all owners are jointly responsible for the cost. “Understanding who is responsible for the maintenance, and, should anything go wrong, the repair of our drains and sewers can be tricky,” says Fraser Ruthven, Head of Marketing and Growth at LDF. “If there is any uncertainty as to who should deal with the problem, I would recommend contacting the water company directly for further information – just to be sure.” For more information on the drainage planning and maintenance services offered by London Drainage, please contact the company directly.

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How British Sewer Workers Helped Win The War

Monday, July 18th, 2016

[caption id="attachment_4095" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Cheshire Regiment Trench, Somme, 1916 Cheshire Regiment Trench, Somme, 1916[/caption]

Remembering Those Unsung Heroes

While soldiers fought above ground, some intrepid sewer workers were helping them to win the war beneath it. Our country's history is incredibly interesting. It's a land that's been involved in monumental change and incredible events over the years – both at home and abroad. What makes the story of the British people so special though, are those pieces of history that aren't taught in school. You probably think that you know everything about the Great War – but there's a story that you probably haven't heard before. What's it about? Well, the time that the sewer workers of Britain helped to win the war.

A Hundred Years Since The Somme

The Battle of the Somme is one of the bloodiest conflicts in military history, with a death toll that's still shocking a hundred years on. As we observed the centenary of the first day of the battle last month, we naturally turned our thoughts towards the unsung heroes of the war effort – the ones who did their bit but whose names aren't etched into public awareness. There's no better example of that than The Manchester Moles, who weren't trained soldiers. Instead, they made a living working a little further underground.

A Different Kind Of Fighter

While the stalemate continued above ground, there was a different battle moving at a frenetic pace below it. With an average height of around 5'4'' and with many of them aged over 40, the men raging this subterranean war weren't as young and imposing as the soldiers fighting the Germans. Their slight builds and wealth of experience though, meant that they were able to build some of the most complex

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