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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:24 pm 
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Hi all,

Excuse me if this has been discussed before but can't find anything in relation.

The other half has just been to view a property & sent me a picture of this in the garden.

I'm presuming under that lintel is a drainage cover underneath but have not been able to view yet. Is this normal practice to position like this ?

Any answers greatly appreciated !


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Formula1 wrote:
Hi all,

Excuse me if this has been discussed before but can't find anything in relation.

The other half has just been to view a property & sent me a picture of this in the garden.

I'm presuming under that lintel is a drainage cover underneath but have not been able to view yet. Is this normal practice to position like this ?

Any answers greatly appreciated !



While it would be normal practice to install most of the below ground drainage at the foundation stage, sometimes design is not complete to enable this. It would be quite normal to anticipate the drainage (or cable/gas pipe run) and provide a hole in the sub-structure with a lintel over.
If the drainage/ services are in already, it is good practice to provide a lintel over them.
In both instances, the practice is to prevent any settlement from fracturing the drain/services.

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Davyp1 Thanks for that...

What would be the best way of finding out exactly what service(s) are directed under ?


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With drains, the most obvious way to locate them is to find the nearest Man-hole cover and remove it.
Chuck a bucket of water in to the chamber to determine the Flow direction. The drain pipe/s towards the house will be indicative of where they enter it.

In your case where you are curious about the ground lintel. you would hand dig carefully down to determine the service.
But before you do, ask yourself why do it! Do you really need to know? Unless of course their has been a service failure.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:38 pm 
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For sure there is a element of curiosity but thought it would be a good thing to know before any potential purchase.

The potential of service failure is the main reason behind the initial post whereby there no failures now it would be of benefit to know what is there & indeed who is responsible.


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