Before installing new drainage pipe and fittings, or a full underground drainage system, there is some research and preparation you should carry out first.
If you are planning to install a new underground drainage system, then you will need to contact and gain approval from your local authority building control department.
If you are simply replacing sections of damaged drainage pipe and fittings, then they do not need informed.
You then need to determine whether you have the old combined drainage system, or the newer separate system. Again, your local authority can assist you with this if you are unsure.
If you are only replacing sections of your current underground drainage, then you will also need to assess whether the current drainage pipe and fittings are made from uPVC or clay. You can then take this information to your local building supplies specialist who will provide you with the correct type of drain connectors. You can choose to replace old pipes with either uPVC or clay pipes. uPVC is lighter and easier to work with, however, clay pipes will withstand more punishment from such things as rodent attacks, or high pressure pipe cleaning equipment, and will therefore last longer.
Once you have established which underground drainage system you have, you will then need to purchase the required drainage pipe and fittings, plus other accessories and tools required to carry out the job. These could include drain connectors, drainage sockets, manhole covers, silicone lubricants and greases and cement. Your expert underground drainage supplier can provide you with advice on all of the equipment you will need. They will also advise you on the scale of the job, and should provide you with a rough idea of how long the job will take you to complete.
It is good practice to create a checklist of everything you need, and to have it all ready before you start attempting the work. Once you have started digging trenches, you need to complete the job in the shortest possible time, as open trenches can create a health hazard.
Provided you are organised and conduct your research thoroughly, there is no reason why you couldn’t successfully replace your drainage pipe and fittings, or install a new underground drainage system by yourself (with an extra pair of hands, of course!).
However, after careful consideration of all of these points, you may decide that the job will be too time consuming, or you still don’t feel comfortable taking it on. You should then look to hiring a suitably qualified tradesman to complete the work. Again your building supplies stockist can point you in the right direction, as can the local authority building control department. BOLA TANGKAS