Surface Water Drain

Surface Water Drains, or storm drains, carry the large excess volumes of water away from a property to be safely discharged into a Soakaway.

Decay to lower walls can occur if this water is improperly disposed of, or if the drain silts up, and can continue to erode the stability of foundations if suitable maintenance is not undertaken.

These drains remove rainwater from roofs and guttering, and where they drain into water butts (for example, to save water), care must be taken to ensure overflow is properly dealt with and that the water merges with local groundwater rather than seeps into building foundations.

Maintenance should be undertaken in dry weather, but your surveyor may recommend that the property be inspected on a rainy day to identify areas where water is not draining properly.