Recently our office at Essendon Plumbing Services received a call from Chris in Essendon regarding a damaged drain and stormwater pit in his driveway. Matt, our Estimator and Operations Manager, organised a time with Chris to attend the site to run through the work he required and to provide a detailed quote.
Matt immediately noticed the stormwater pit had broken and the pit lid had collapsed. After removing the pit lid Matt noted the storm water from the property at the rear also discharged into the stormwater pit in Chris’ driveway. The PVC stormwater drains leading from the pit under the driveway and footpath to the street had collapsed and were in need of replacing.
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Matt explained to Chris on-site what was involved in repairing his stormwater system and that a permit from the council was required for works to be carried out due to a section of footpath and nature strip needing to be removed. Matt provided Chris with a detailed quote to complete the job which Chris approved. Matt then completed and lodged the council permit documentation and paid all fees before a date was organised to carry out the quoted work.
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Amanda and Michael, two of our experienced drain plumbers, were allocated the job and attended site on the day and time organised with Chris to get his stormwater drains working again. First job was to cut the concrete driveway and footpath so excavation of the old pipes could proceed. Once the concrete was cut it was removed and the pipes were dug out ready to install new PVC drains.
As the pit received stormwater from the rear property, Matt had advised the installation of a second stormwater drain out of the pit and into the street which Michael and Amanda had to allow for in their excavation work. A new heavy duty stormwater pit and grate were installed in the driveway to allow for vehicle traffic and concreted into position. Then PVC pipes were installed into the pit and connected to the roadside kerb.
Prior to backfilling the trench and re-concreting the footpath a council inspection was carried out by an authorised council officer. This inspection is a mandatory local government requirement that must be completed before any backfilling or concreting can take place. Once the inspection was passed, backfilling was carried out then the concrete was ordered for the replacement of the footpath and a section of driveway. The site was then cleaned of all excavated soil and concrete before the new concrete was delivered and laid.
Chris was informed that Amanda and Michael would be back the following day once the concrete had cured to clean the area with a high-pressure water jet. Amanda and Michael then removed all the rubbish from site and dropped it off at the transfer station. They returned on the appointed time the following day and pressure cleaned the area. Chris was very happy with how the job progressed and the speed in which it happened.
Council permit obligations
It is important that whenever you engage a plumber to carry out works that involves council property that the correct permits are obtained, or you could be held liable for any defects or public liability claims. A licensed plumber must provide the council with a Certificate of Currency as proof of public liability insurance before any permits can be issued.
Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) must also be carried out whenever excavation works occur, not only to prevent any services in the area from being damaged but to prevent any serious injuries or accidents from occurring.