We had a Rowan tree in our garden that I cut down some time back, but it was
very near the drive were the drains run. Rodding the drains I know how far
the rubber will go, and it blocks just about where the tree used to be so
I'm guessing it's a root that is the problem.
The drive slopes upwards at the point where the blockage is, so it's very
thick concrete. It's also a shared drive with our neighbour, so digging it
up is really a last option. Anybody got any suggestions to look at what
might be the problem and if it is a root deal with it without digging up the
As mrcheerful wrote, it may be possible for the drain to be re-lined if a
camera confirms tree roots and they can be removed via the drain. If not,
the collapsed section needs digging out and replacing. If you don't want to
do this your water company will do it, or contact one of the drain and pipe
cleaning firms in your Yellow Pages. Do you have insurance cover for blocked
drains either as part of your buildings insurance or separately with your
water company? When was the property built? If before October 1938 then the
drain is regarded as a public sewer and the water company is responsible for
the cost of repair. After October 1938 then it is regarded as a private
sewer and the property owner is responsible for repair. Do you share this
drain with your neighbour? Is there another drain cover further down from
where you can try reverse rodding? Good luck.
We don't share the drain with the neighbour - the drive has two separate
drains. However, the property was built in 1927.
Do you have a link to this information at all please, or any places I can go
to get some proof of their obligation? No doubt the water company won't be
keen on obliging and I think we will need to argue the case.
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