3 key underground drainage tips that most people forget
This entry was posted on March 4, 2019.
Underground drainage doesn't have to be a hassle. When you properly prepare, the job can be relatively hassle-free. It often becomes a trail for people, however, who haven't invested the proper time or thought into doing the job properly. Forgetting key tips is common, and here are three of the most common forgotten tips. Remember them, and your underground drainage installation should be a breeze.
Contact building control
Building Control should be the first phone call you make when you're planning any underground drainage system. Whether it's small or large, and whether you're doing it yourself or getting a qualified specialist to do it for you. Find your local building control authority, and let them know what you're doing.
If you're just repairing something that's broken, you might not need permission. A quick call or email to double check is more than worth it, however. Many people forget this and are faced with not only having to rip up all their hard work, but possibly even fines and other penalties too.
Plan for ongoing maintenance
Though plastic pipe is highly reliable as a choice for underground drainage, there's no material in the world that can work for years without maintenance. While you're planning the path of your drainage, be sure you account for the need to access various points from time to time.
Work you'll have to do might include unblocking or repairing certain sections, so be sure you don't get carried away and make your drain path inaccessible. It's important to get this right in the planning stage, as it's much harder when the drain is in place.
Take your time
It's easy to feel that a job has to be done in no time at all. Laying underground drainage is a task that requires patience, however. Remember, when done properly it's a job that should last for years. A few days to lay it properly is a minimal investment by comparison.
Failing to ensure proper seals on your piping is a common symptom of rushing. As is failing to account for proper drainage flow with the levels the pipes are being laid at. These, and many others, are all mistakes made when time is the primary consideration over a job well done.
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