Dirty water from your home could be draining into the wrong sewer, causing pollution to rivers and beaches.
In the UK approximately 500,000 properties have a misconnection.
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.
Check your home
Signs of a possible misconnection are:
- a new manhole within your property - this may mean the drainage has been altered
- a new bathroom, toilet or kitchen - this may have resulted in a misconnection
- pipes connected to the downpipes from your roof guttering - this may mean you have a misconnection
- a washing machine or sink installed in a garage or outbuilding - these may be connected incorrectly to the surface water drain.
As the homeowner, you are responsible for correcting any misconnections. Failure to do so could result in prosecution.
Connect Right offers advice on how to check whether your home plumbing is connected properly and if it is not, what you can do to rectify the issue. You may need a plumber to check and correct the misconnection for you.