drain maintenance

21 Jan. 17

Party Wall Agreements and Your Drains

A party wall agreement is a contract between neighbors made to prevent and resolve disputes related to shared party walls or construction that affects neighboring property. It can apply to shared walls, buildings, or excavations on the border between properties or within 6 meters of neighboring property. Two parties may make a party wall agreement simply if they want to lay out their expectations about a shared element.

More commonly, neighbors make a party wall agreement when construction is taking place, either when both parties want to complete works for their mutual benefit, or when one party is beginning works that border the other’s property. The agreement should include thorough details on the proposed work, how it will progress, and who will be paying for it.

A party wall agreement should also include a detailed report on the condition of the shared element and the surrounding property. This report will uncover any factors that could affect the construction and potentially raise costs, and it can be used to make a comparison with the state of the property after the construction is complete. It is important to include a drain survey in the preparatory examination of the property leading up to construction.

A CCTV drain survey is particularly important if there is any drainage within 3 to 6 meters of the party wall. If there are pipes anywhere close to the construction, it is a good idea to have them checked. A drain survey will send a closed circuit TV through the pipes to look for any problems. It can reveal cracks, blockages, the intrusion of tree roots, or any other problems. A leaking drainage pipe can pose a serious problem to nearby construction, so it is essential to locate and resolve any issues prior to beginning construction work.

The survey also provides evidence of the state of your drainage system prior to construction. If the construction results in any damage to your pipes, you can prove that the damage was not already there by referring to the drain survey. This will ensure that the proper party is charged for the repairs.

A party wall agreement is all about setting out details to ensure that there are no conflicts between neighbors.

A drain survey is an essential part of that process to ensure that there will be no unforeseen problems coming from your drainage.