Cracked Pipes – usually caused by tree roots
or movement in the ground.
Low-lying Gully – these are found just outside
your house and generally have a loose-fitting grate that comes off easily in
the instance of a sewer overflow. If the gully is low-lying in the ground then
it can let large amounts of stormwater into the sewerage system. A plumber can
raise the gully or lower the ground around it.
Direct Connection – stormwater pipes are not
allowed to be connected to the sewerage system. The effect of excess water in
the sewerage system can cause overflows of raw diluted sewage further down the
Inspection Holes – poorly fitting, cracked or
broken inspection holes can let water into the system. If you notice any
problems contact Shoalhaven Water directly.
Broken Pipes – broken pipes can occur in
both Council’s sewerage systems and on private property. Whilst Council will
maintain the mains, as a property owner it is your responsibility to maintain
the pipes on your land. Broken pipes not only let stormwater in, they can cause
a health impact on the environment. Contact a licensed plumber immediately.
Boundary Traps – are inspection points in the
sewerage system and mark the place where your system joins Council’s mains.
Damaged or cracked lids and/or concrete rims will allow unwanted stormwater
water to enter the system. There will also be a problem if the vertical riser
(the pipe under the boundary trap) is cracked.