A lot of homeowners are shocked to discover that they are responsible for their external pipework. Determining who is responsible for what can be a difficult task, but this is what Pipeline Services are here for. Whilst your water company may be responsible for some of your underground water pipes, it’s also likely that you will be responsible for some or all of the pipework. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners only discover this when a problem occurs. They assume that the water company covers them and it can be a nasty shock to discover that this is not the case.
By law, you are responsible for any underground pipes that are within your property’s boundary. The water company is responsible for the pipes that are in the footpath up to the boundary of your property, as well as the pipework in the street. Thus, if there is a problem with your pipework, let’s say a leak, and the leak is coming from piping that is within your property’s boundaries you will be responsible for it. Some older properties have a shared water supply pipe, which means the responsibility falls on all homeowners.
Your water pipes only have an average life span, which largely depends on the material they are made from. It is important to maintain them properly to ensure you protect the longevity of your pipework system. If you have old pipes in place it may be necessary to invest in a replacement, as a repair may only stop the issue for the here and now, but lead to further costs in the future.
The best thing to do is get in touch with Pipeline Services. We can assess the current condition of your pipework to determine the best course of action