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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:01 pm 
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Hi
I live in a 1930's semi and I have a problem with my rain water flowing to nowhere.
My rain water drains off garage from down pipe which leads to tray and then instead of going into drain and out to soakway or a combined drain it slowly fills up into next door neighbours side wall of their converted garage.

I have opened drain cover as illustrated and can see that from an extension done before I moved in that foul waste comes into and flows through there.
There is a clay drain pipe as illustrated which doesn't go anywhere. I suspect that when side extension was built the drain was cut and the new foul drain was inserted.
I can't find any evidence of a soakaway on this side of the garden to drain into. Am I allowed to open up the foul drain and attach the surface water pipe to the foul drain and therefore making it combined or is this illegal/unacceptable today.
My waste water is handled by Thames Water.


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Thames water might get a bit upset if you do that, have a look at This

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Surface water into foul drain is allowed. Other way round is a definite no-no.

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Both sets of guttering on our house run into what I call the grey water drain.


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Peculiar where will this end up at

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ok so re reading my original post and the pictures I put up, I should explain more . The picture is my surface water pipe coming off garage and dropping into a pipe that leads I can't tell probably and old soak way, but who really knows.


Approx 2 ft in front of picture which is at side of hse there was an extension built approx 15 yrs ago and there are 3 manhole covers the nearest to the illustrated pics they are all foul waste from hse. I live on the side of a hill. And rain water is dropping in between mine and next door neighbours garages.Theirs is converted.

I should also say I'm no handyman and have had builders/drain people in to look at problem and my garage roof which needs replacing asap as there are leaks going onto my boiler which is in garage.

Ive had several guys tell me that it should be ok to connect this pipe to the foul drain as there is nowhere else for it to go as to run and make a soakaway would be very difficult and also extremely costly as this is running beside my boundary. I can't find any info about where existing soakway are in garden.It has been suggested that I tilt the garage towards front of house and make a soak way on my drive and a gutter , which means digging up side of drive, etc
VERY COSTLY.
All my rainwater from my house drops straight onto the garage flat roof and drops down into the pipe that is illustrated.
I looked up Thames water link , thanks , and Im still none the wiser.

Ive contacted my local planning office to try and see original plans but no one answers phone and they only emailed me back plans from 2000 for extension, with no drain info. I have requested something better.

Some say that surface into foul is ok but I gather if there were drainage problems later i.e. poo and moss floating around, then I could be fined.


Any advice?


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