This homeowner needed to solve a stormwater drainage problem before selling his house and to avoid a dispute with his neighbour

Summary

Solve stormwater drainage problems to avoid neighbour disputes.

Why is solving stormwater drainage problems important for house owners?

Depending on the situation having stormwater drainage problems can create all sorts of damage to either your own property or the ones around you. In 80% of cases you may get away with it as average rainfall levels drop year on year. Although in the situations where there is heavy downpours an overflowing stormwater system can cause all kinds of havoc.

Water can build up and flood lower levels of a property, rooms, garages or wash off into a neighbours property. Water can damage house footings, building foundations and cause other types of unseen damage. 

There are also the legal obligations to consider where any property must have the ability to disperse water correctly. Nu-Trend is a Sydney plumber that can be contracted to inspect your stormwater drainage problems.

What was the stormwater drainage problem at this property?

The owner of this property was putting it on the market for sale. Although there was an ongoing dispute with the neighbour about where and how the stormwater was flowing. There was high volumes of concentrated water filling his yard during heavy rains.

How much does it cost to fix a stormwater drainage problem?

Obviously this will vary on the scenario, although in this case it was a 1 1/2 day job costing around $2,500 with labours and materials to correct the problem. It wasn’t as simple as grabbing a few PVC pipes, we had to follow the correct steps 

 

  1. Identify the source and path of the stormwater flow using our CCTV Camera Inspection tools to look through all all the downpipes and storm water drains to the property.

  2. Confirm there were no blockages or other underlying issues preventing the correct water flow to occur. 

  3. Using both the CCTV and Locator Tools we found the outlets in the ground that were directing the water flow into the neighbour’s yard. 

  4. Run water tests to make sure what we could see was actually causing the problems.

  5. Determine a solution for the problem without excessive cost due to the property about to go to market.

  6. Install and test the new solution.

 

All the piping we used was made of strong PVC with a mix of 90 and 45 degree bends to reach the appropriate locations. 

How else could this drainage problem be solved?

The longer term solution would have been to do a dig up to correct the underground piping and create a new redirection. This would have been a visually more appealing site and reduce the risk of the above ground piping being damaged. While it would have been more costly, the Client was under time and financial pressure to sell the property quickly.

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The longer term solution would have been to do a dig up to correct the underground piping and create a new redirection. This would have been a visually more appealing site and reduce the risk of the above ground piping being damaged. While it would have been more costly, the Client was under time and financial pressure to sell the property quickly.

Depending on the situation having stormwater drainage problems can create all sorts of damage to either your own property or the ones around you. In 80% of cases you may get away with it as average rainfall levels drop year on year. Although in the situations where there is heavy downpours an overflowing stormwater system can cause all kinds of havoc.

Water can build up and flood lower levels of a property, rooms, garages or wash off into a neighbours property. Water can damage house footings, building foundations and cause other types of unseen damage. 

There are also the legal obligations to consider where any property must have the ability to disperse water correctly.

In New South Wales, local councils have the responsibility to manage stormwater drains and systems from public land (for example, roads and parks), private land that pays council rates or other land like Department of Housing properties. Where it can become a grey area is when water is running off a building or structure from one property into another one. This is where it is important to consider your neighbours to make sure they are not being adversely effected.

In most cases the stormwater flows from property drains to street gutters that are managed by a local council. Sometimes these drains connect to large channels, pipes and creeks, which creates what’s known as a ‘trunk drainage system’. Eventually all the water ends up into the waterways in the local area.

If the stormwater isn’t channeled correctly from a property it can flow into neighbouring houses into people’s backyards, swimming pools or even outdoor rooms.
 

Stormwater runoff can cause a number of environmental problems if it isn’t managed correctly.

The fast-moving stormwater runoff can erode stream banks, damaging hundreds of miles of aquatic habitat.

Stormwater runoff can push excess nutrients from fertilizers, pet waste and other sources into rivers and streams.

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed Plumber, Building Renovator and Director of Nu-Trend, a Sydney Plumber and Bathroom Renovations contractor. Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent sole trader in Sydney. Rick provides all types of services for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.