Drains and sewers: The difference between them.
Drains take foul sewage (waste from toilets, bathrooms and kitchens) and surface water (rain water) away from a property. Lateral drains are the part of a drain outside the property boundary – for example, in a neighbour’s garden or in the highway.
Sewers are shared drains. They take sewage and water away from more than one property.
Who is responsible for drains and sewers?
Responsibility for drains and sewers lies with different people.
Homeowners or occupiers are responsible for a home’s drains up to their property boundary. If you’re responsible for maintaining drains, this may be covered by your house insurance for any damage.
When the drainpipe from a bath, sink, shower, or water-using appliance becomes blocked, turn off the tap or appliance that flows into the drain. If you are unable to remove the obstructing object with a plunger, call a plumber. Do not attempt to use a snake or other such tools, as they will only damage expensive fixtures. You should also never use a drain cleaner to open a totally blocked drain. It mixes with the water, forming a caustic solution.
There are several types of plumbing emergencies that can occur, but the first step in all solutions is to turn off the water in the supply line that feeds the leaking pipe or fixture. If it happens that the point of the leak is hidden or there is no valve in the branch line leading to the leak, you will have to shut off water to the entire house.
If you live in a climate where there is a danger of freezing, the main shutoff valve is usually located in the ground floor. In warmer climates the valve may be located outdoors. If you have a pumped well system, shut off electricity to the pump and call a plumber.
In a case where you are unable to close the shut off valve, contact your local water authority immediately, so that water can be turned off at the main. If the water rises to the level of electrical cords and outlets, there is a possibility that it could be carrying an electrical current. Do not attempt to go near the water until you shut off electricity to the circuits affected. If you are unable to reach the breaker or fuse panel safely, have the power company shut off the electricity to your home.
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