If you cannot safely answer any of the questions asked in our online questionnaire or in the questions above, or if you know you are not qualified, you need an approved construction agreement. Any nearby pipeline you want to build in could have an impact on the design, so it`s best to know where the pipes are when you plan to avoid delays and additional costs. If you`re not sure how you`re going to do it, we`re here to help. More information about the assigned and unassigned tubes can be found below. During the construction of any construction, you must ensure that there are no public sewers in the area of the planned work. We advise you to divert pipes around planned buildings or extensions. If you can`t, then channel all the pipes and fittings under the building, so that they can be accessed for repairs. If any of the works are found outside your borders, please see the work near our pipes. Since Thames Water is legally responsible for the maintenance of these sewers and sewers, construction agreements are in place to ensure that these elements have been taken into account in the design of your proposed foundations. Sometimes problems arise when owners try to sell their property, which is built in part or entirely through a public channel. Conservatories and extensions are the usual criminals. If a Build Over Agreement was not obtained when the work was done, then the water company has the legal right to enter the land to reach the canal, even if that means demolishing the building above the canal.
However, if possible, the water company will avoid the damage and look for other ways to enter the sewers, but the risk remains. If a construction agreement has been reached, the water company has no right to remove or demolish the structure above the sewers. If we present you with a self-certified Build over Agreement, you can start work immediately, as long as it is described. The agreement not only ensures that Thames Water has adequate access to sewers or wastewater in the future, but also ensures that the proposed foundations are designed to reduce the risk to sewers or sewers. Thames Water may also require that the proposed foundations be built at a safe distance from sewers or sewers, thereby avoiding the risk of damage. If you plan to build above or near pipes, you should take certain precautions.