Things will sometimes go wrong in and around the home, but drainage problems can be one of the biggest headaches that a homeowner will ever have to deal with. Even more so when an existing problem hasn’t been resolved – or made even worse by a botched job.
The Rogue or Incompetent Contractor
The real nightmare scenario is when a homeowner tries to sort out a problem with their drains on their own, and makes things worse. Then, in their haste to get in a ‘professional’ to deal with the issue, they hire the first name they come across – and the unsuspecting homeowner may end up paying for a rogue contractor that messes things up further.
If you come up with issues regarding the person(s) you hire to fix your drains then you should, firstly, see if they are going to be reasonable – and admit to their mistakes. This can range from a problem with pipes being incorrectly fitted, or the wrong parts being used.
When there is a problem, you should act as quickly as possible, including making a written record of the problem, together with taking photos for the purposes of future evidence. If necessary, don’t pay until you are satisfied that the issue will be properly addressed. You can also look to seek the support of a local building inspector, or call in your own expert to analyse the botched job. As a last resort, look into taking legal action.
Issues with a Newly Built Property
Site drainage can be a particular issue when a home is being built, and this can be as a result of incorrect backfill. A wet cellar can be caused because no footing drain has been put in place around the foundation’s base – this should be done to ensure that water can be moved effectively. Conscientious building contractors will have informed homeowners, however, that they can expect some flooding if all roof drainage issues have yet to be tackled.
Common DIY Mistakes
There are a wide range of mistakes that can be made by homeowners who try and solve drainage problems themselves. As ABS joints require (albeit cheap) cement to hold them in place, some homeowners will neglect this and use such things as duct tape.
For drains and pipes, having them connected at the right angle is very important.
The pipes and drains shouldn’t be bent to achieve the right angle, though, but should meet the specifications naturally, while drains on the ground should have a firm base, so that they are not likely to be displaced. Drains should be kept in place at regular distances of four feet when they are positioned on the upside.
Other considerations are making sure that the water temperature in your home is not going to cause problems for your drains and pipes. For venting pipes there should be a distance of ten feet between them and a window, or three feet above a skylight.
A simple rule for homeowners is: if a job looks too tricky, call someone – though do your research first, and check online for reviews from the drainage company‘s past customers, as well as industry accreditations they hold. Otherwise, the nightmare could just be beginning…