Drainage and SUDS

Domestic drainage

The pipes which carry both our foul waste and rainwater away from our properties are often neglected and ill constructed because they are rarely seen. It is extremely important that these pipes are installed and maintained in a proper manner to avoid leakage and contamination, blockages and the ingress of foul odours and even vermin to properties.

Legislation which outlines the methods and practices which should be employed are outlined in Building regs. Technical guidance document part H

Needless to say there are a vast number of do’s and don’ts when it comes to drainage but the building regs. cover it all. In the unlikely event that you can’t find the information you need in Part H then drop us a line byemail and we will do our best to help.

SuDS

This stands for Sustainable drainage systems or Sustainable urban drainage systems and is defined as a sequence of management practices and control structures designed to drain surface water in a more sustainable fashion than some conventional techniques.

a typical mid sized SuDS pond

The essence of this idea is to more closely mimic the way in which nature deals with surface water. Ponds, swales and other hydraulic devices are employed to slow the passage of water and prevent sudden flood situations. This is a big issue in the development of large urban or industrial landscapes where more area is being paved over and there is less opportunity for surface water to sink into the ground.

In most domestic situations and small farms these problems are fairly minor but incorporating ponds, streams and wetlands into gardens or farms can alter the balance in favour of a more controllable environment. This may remove boggy and flooded areas or prevent areas drying out rapidly in summer. The kinds of features which make up a SuDS system can be very visually appealing and can be used for recreational activities as well.

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