With the current housing shortage, there is a rush to build in order to meet the demand for new property. However, careful planning needs to take place in order to make sure existing residents on neighbouring plots don't suffer flooding.

The rugged countryside can serve as a natural breakwater, collecting rainfall and preventing it from running into the houses below. As more fields are levelled off in order to make them suitable for house building, along with this comes a responsibility to make sure subsequent drainage issues are resolved.

New developments can present an opportunity for planners to address the drainage issues for new residents, and also make improvements for existing plots.

When water doesn't drain properly, it collects in all kinds of areas, such as adjacent to bricks which will then rot and crumble. Structural damage can follow leading to serious health and safety risks. Many villages have an old drainage system where the tunnels and pipes are not wide enough, since they were designed for a much lower volume.

As construction companies invest in the building of new houses, they may have a responsibility to make sure the local infrastructure can cope with the additional water requirements that new households will create.

At First Drainage, we can help make improvements to drainage systems. We can dig trenches, lay pipes, and dig up stubborn tree roots. We can take preventative measures too. If you are looking at buying a new property, First Drainage can access the waterworks with CCTV and present you with a home buyers report. It is very important to inspect the drainage before buying any new house.

First Drainage are the professional team you can trust when it comes to unblocking sinks, toilets, baths, and a range of other clogs that can cause the water to stop flowing. For more information on how we can help, please get in touch today.

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