Fitting underground drainage in temporary structures
This entry was posted on November 25, 2019.
Though traditional brick or stone houses are still the most common form of residence in the UK, more people than ever before are turning to innovative forms of semi-permanent building in order to keep housing costs down. This includes a big surge in shipping container homes and other temporary structures.
Similar to mobile homes, shipping container buildings are compact and easily customisable premises that can be cosy, comfortable housing. Unlike caravans and other mobile buildings, they are often built into foundations - and they will almost certainly require some form of underground drainage system, along with plumbing and electrical wiring. Here are some things to consider if you are building a container home with built-in drainage.
Reasons to install a drainage system
Whether you are building a traditional brick and mortar house or an innovative semi-permanent structure, the same care and attention must be taken when installing the drainage system. Underground drainage installation provides many benefits for a property, including preventing standing water in grounds and gardens, and keeping damp from entering the premises. Shipping containers are even more susceptible to damp than brick houses.
Installing drainage in a shipping container home is simple. If the container sits above sewage and water mainlines, then pipes can be connected directly through the ground, into holes cut into the container's base. If there is some distance between the container and existing pipework, new underground ducting might be necessary. Consult the water board for more information, and always carry out testing before committing to a drainage build!
Legal considerations for underground drainage
In order for a drainage system to be effective, it must be carefully planned out in accordance with council building control laws. This is just as true when fitting underground drainage in a temporary structure, such as a static caravan or a shipping container home. Make sure you have the relevant building permits and licences.
Always consult with a qualified drainage professional, unless you have experience in drainage installation yourself. A risk assessment should also be carried out, to ensure the surrounding land is free from contaminants and to make sure there are no other issues that would prevent safe drainage installation.
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