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    • n90bar
    • By n90bar 15th Mar 17, 7:10 AM
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    Drainage search help!
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    • 15th Mar 17, 7:10 AM
    Drainage search help! 15th Mar 17 at 7:10 AM
    Morning all

    Late yesterday evening received email from solicitor. (Were buying a property) The search company haven't been able to provide a water/drainage search. The water company (Yorkshire Water) now want to conduct a site visit.
    In buying/selling a number of properties over the years, I've never had this. All the email said that there was a irregularity they wanted to investigate.

    Anyone had similar or able to offer any advise? Solicitor says that's all the info he was provided.
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    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 15th Mar 17, 7:42 AM
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    Probably just means they've realised their records are missing/hazy for that area and they want to go and check where their pipes actually are before telling you. Utilities try to keep track of pipes/cables they last saw decades ago but often the details go missing or weren't particularly accurate in the first place.
    • sparky130a
    • By sparky130a 15th Mar 17, 8:38 AM
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    The GIS information held by water companies can be notoriously bad at times.

    I'd see this survey as a good thing. As least the information you'll get will be up to date and not a questionable historic record.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 15th Mar 17, 11:09 AM
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    Some years ago, we had a sewage leak, which my father eventually traced (using drain rods) to builders, next door, allowing brick waste to fall into the drains when building a laundry room.

    We, initially, tried to find out what the drainage situation was ,as a 'reputable' company wanted to charge over £300 (a lot then) to install a manhole, insisting that we had soakaways.

    We knew that this was not true as my father had actually worked on the building site , but neither the builders ( 15 years after building) nor Severn Trent could provide any information, so out came the rods.
    • gembert83
    • By gembert83 15th Mar 17, 1:09 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 1:09 PM
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    We perhaps once or twice a month have our search provider say they can't locate a property for water and drainage searches. Usually if we can provide the billing account number/copy of a recent bill they can. It is possible they may be connected to mains but it is not on the providers records. A site visit usually will rectify this and if they have had the benefit of the mains (but never paid - which happens more often than you would think!) then the companies usually back date payment for a year. If this is the case just make sure the seller gets connection confirmed and pays any backdated payment first.
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