It is not always clear what type of channel, if any, passes through your property. In cities, pipes are usually located behind gardens, and the direction and connections of the pipe can be determined by opening wells, if available, in the immediate vicinity. This visually obtained information can be added to the drawings to continue the design or construction process. There are a number of public pipeline maps available at thames water itself or accessible by the city council when the information is updated. Most Class 1 public sewers are still not covered by the readily available documentation, but The Class 2 and 3 tubes, which have more impact on infrastructure, will most likely be available and noted in Thames Water-Suchen. If you are building within three metres of a public channel (a tube that serves more than one property), then you must file an application with Thames Water. So how do you know if you have public pipes within 3 meters of your property? They have no radiological vision; How would you know what`s hidden under your garden furniture and flower beds? Well, there are a few options that are open to you to find out. If you have a lot of time available, you can visit your local council and check out their channel maps. Alternatively, you can pay an “Asset Location Search” from the Thames Water Property Searches team to find out if your work is 3 metres from a public channel. This fee may vary a bit, but for a typical Victorian terrace, it is around the $60 mark. Another option is to wait for your builder to start the fieldwork. Once the pipes are cleared, most contractors will be able to tell you if you have a public or private channel. It is interesting to note that there is a part of the application that asks if your work started in the field.
You are not penalized for starting out before the application is filed, but you run a low risk of Thames Water requesting changes to your plans. As an owner, you may want to consider expanding your home or building a winter garden or garage. Sometimes this type of work can affect underground pipes within the boundary of the land. In October 2011, new legislation was implemented on further housing improvements. All new home improvement projects must have made appropriate arrangements to ensure that the work has been approved by your local water management department. How are you going to deal with this new legislation? In this article, we have more information about sewers and how a CCTV stream study is needed for construction through the agreement. These are more expensive in terms of fees, usually $100 or more, and require your building to be valued before and after construction.