Choosing drainage systems for your project — how they work, planning, pumps and more

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Choosing the right drainage systems for your home and plot is hugely important and while not glamorous, spending some time researching all your options will pay off in the long term. These decisions need to be made early on in the initial stages of any self build and you need to be sure you have chosen the right system if you want to avoid disruptive and costly alterations later down the line. 

When it comes to drainage systems there are many regulations covering both foul water and rainwater or surface water drainage and these can be gleaned from the Building Regulations. All good architects, designers, builders and groundworkers will be familiar with how this work is undertaken, but the ultimate responsibility of what waste goes where is always down to the client paying for the work. 

Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. The Housebuilder’s Bible is the go-to hardback for self builders; originally published in 1994, it is updated every two years with up-to-date build costs and information on planning and building regulations, and is currently in its 14th reiteration.

He has written for publications such as Homebuilding & Renovating for over three decades. An experienced self builder, his latest self build, a contemporary eco home built to Passivhaus principles, was created on a tight urban brownfield plot.