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Is Repairing a Collapsed Drain Expensive?

Blocked drains can be a hassle to deal with, but a collapsed drain can bring major disruption to your property. Repairing a collapsed drain usually requires a CCTV survey and some excavation work, lifting out the damaged pipe and installing a new one in its place. But how much is this going to cost? Well, that depends on where the drain is, how badly it’s damaged and who’s responsible for carrying out the repairs in the first place.

How bad is the damage?

A CCTV survey is usually needed to figure out exactly what’s wrong and how severe any damage is. A collapsed drain can be caused by a number of things, including:

  • Wear and tear – without regular maintenance, a drain pipe can degrade over time. Blockages and general wear and tear can lead to eventual collapse.
  • Tree root ingress – tree roots can grow directly into your drains, causing irreparable damage to the pipes, with a high likelihood of collapse.
  • Pipe freezing – the freezing and subsequent melting of water inside your drains can damage the pipe structure itself. With enough of this kind of strain, your drain can suffer a collapse.

A collapsed drain could either be partial or full. Partial collapse will be cheaper to repair, while full collapses are going to be more expensive. That’s because a full collapse will probably need a replacement drain, rather than being able to make repairs to the existing one.

Are drains covered by home insurance?

Drainage and home insurance isn’t the simplest thing to understand. Firstly, it depends on the specific policy you have in place with your insurance company. You’ll probably have a policy which covers exterior drains in the case of accidental damage – but what is defined as ‘accidental’ isn’t always clear. Things like tree root ingress or subsidence will likely fall under ‘accidental damage’, while wear and tear may not.

Your insurer might offer extra cover for drains, but this is something you’d need to check with them. To find out more about drains and home insurance, read one of our previous articles.

Is it my responsibility to repair?

Where the damaged drain is on your property will determine whose responsibility it is to repair. Drains that are within your property boundary are your responsibility to maintain and repair. Lateral drains and drains outside of your property boundary fall under the responsibility of your water company – the same for public sewer systems.

If the collapsed drain ends up being outside of your own jurisdiction, then it won’t cost you anything to repair.

ClearFirst Drainage provides proactive drain repair and drain maintenance services throughout Derby and the surrounding areas. Our thorough CCTV surveys will identify the issue and causes, while our experienced technicians can repair collapsed drains to get your drainage system flowing once more. To find out more about our drainage services, simply contact our friendly team today.

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