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Is your home connected right?

Dirty water from your home could be draining into the wrong sewer, causing pollution to rivers and beaches.

If your home was built after 1920, it is likely your property has two separate drains: a foul sewer and a surface water sewer.

A misconnection happens when foul water drainage, such as a washing machine, is connected to the surface water drain.

Misconnections - house and pipework

Check your home

As the homeowner, you are responsible for correcting any misconnections. You may need a plumber to do work for you. Failure to do so could result in prosecution.

Have there been changes to the drainage in your home?

A new manhole within your property may suggest the drainage has been altered. You may need a plumber to check whether your property’s plumbing is connected correctly.

Have there been any extensions or alterations in your home?

When a new bathroom, toilet or kitchen is installed it is possible that the plumbing has been misconnected. 

Are any pipes connected to rainwater downpipes?

Check the outside of your home - are there any pipes connecting to the downpipes from your roof guttering? If so, it is likely that a sink has been misconnected.

CR logoDo you have an outside toilet or appliances in garages, sheds or outbuildings?

A washing machine or sink installed in a garage or outbuilding could be connected incorrectly to the surface water drain.

How can I find out more?

The Connect Right website contains guidance on how you can check whether your home plumbing is connected properly and if it is not, what you can do to rectify the issue.


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