In the UK, the increasing demand for housing means property developers are not wasting any time in building thousands, if not millions of new homes across the country. From semi-detached homes in new-build estates to sprawling mansions for those with enormous bank accounts, these pristine properties are springing up at a rapid rate. Whether providing housing for those looking to get on, or move up the property ladder, the sheer numbers of properties popping up poses questions, particularly where drainage is concerned – is there an impending drainage disaster situation on the horizon?
“Home sweet home”
Put simply, estates for new homes often contain plans for numerous houses. As a result, the public drainage systems are required to undertake a lot of (new) work.
Another potential risk that can befall owners of new homes is the transformation of fields and other soakable ground into tarmac surfaces like driveways. When there is heavy rainfall, tarmac won’t be able to soak it all up, which means that any drainage systems will be relied on even more heavily, increasing the stress on the system and thus the likelihood of faults/leaks/flooding.
In Bridgend, Wales, residents of new build properties claim that drainage issues have turned their gardens into bogs – not ideal in any case, let alone a brand new family home. The claimants lay the blame on substandard drainage, which results in rainwater pooling up in their gardens, killing the grass and rendering a muddy, swampy mess.
The cost to rectify the worst of the damage is significant, with one homeowner estimating a price of £6,000 for the installation of extra drainage and a new patio laid. In some cases, people have had to re-lay their lawns multiple times due to the damage suffered from excessive rainwater and poor drainage.
Huw Llewellyn, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Wales and Charles Church Homes West Wales, two of the three property development companies managing the site, said:
We have experienced an exceptionally wet winter which has inevitably led to some boggy conditions. As is the case for much of Wales, the subsoil at Parc Derwen is clay, which does hold water more than other soil types. Furthermore, newly formed gardens need time to settle and mature and will improve over time. But, if gardens do remain wet in normal weather conditions, we will revisit customers’ gardens and if necessary install drainage in accordance with NHBC guidelines.
Don’t underestimate drainage
Reports like this highlight just how important drainage is to our properties. As well as damaging lawns and plants, pooling water can also pose a significant hygiene risk.
Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and if it’s not resolved quickly and safely there can be serious consequences for inhabitants of the property, as well as wildlife.
The risk of drainage trouble exists within any property, but these issues are increasingly occurring in new build homes, despite the advances in technology and planning. The sheer volume of new properties means public systems are becoming overwhelmed by the amount of properties they must cater for. Of course this is not to say that all new build homes will suffer drainage issues, but if drainage oversights are made by the property developer, then the knock on effect could well require serious remedial work in addition to undue stress for the customer.
Express Drainage Solutions are experts in drainage installation, maintenance and repairs for customers throughout London. Ensuring that your drainage system is regularly maintained and inspected by a qualified, accredited drainage company will reduce the risks like those mentioned above. If you would like to know more about what we do, talk to us today.