Damp or wet ground


Listed under: plumbing, pipes, drains, Section, moisture, leaks

Cause

Unusual rain event

Repair

  • allow the site to dry naturally, improve site drainage

Cause

Site unable to cope with heavy rain runoff

Repair

  • install perforated drainage pipes in the ground to improve drainage; drain into the stormwater system

Cause

High water table

Repair

  • install perforated drainage pipes in the ground to improve drainage; drain into the stormwater system

Cause

Leaking drain, stormwater drain, water supply pipe, underground water tank

Repair

  • identify the source and location of the leak. Make a permanent repair, or call a licensed or certifying plumber to make permanent repair. Work on waste pipes and drains must by law be carried out by a licensed or certifying plumber

  • establish whether the leak is likely to be a one-off problem or stems from old deteriorated pipework/drains. If the latter, discuss potential long-term solutions with a licensed or certifying plumber or NZIBS building surveyor

Cause

Water seeping from adjacent property from leaking drain, water pipe, stormwater

Repair

  • confirm that water is coming from a leak on the adjacent property, alert the owner of the property to the problem and ask them to fix it

Cause

Natural runoff from adjacent property

Repair

  • confirm that surface water originating from adjacent property, alert the owner of the property to the problem and ask them to fix it

Cause

Blocked drain, gully trap

Repair

  • identify the location of the blockage. Make a permanent repair, or call a licensed or certifying plumber to make permanent repair. Work on waste pipes and drains must by law be carried out by a licensed or certifying plumber

  • establish whether the blockage is likely to be an ongoing problem from old deteriorated pipework/drains, tree roots blocking the drain or some other cause. If this is the case, discuss potential long-term solutions with a licensed or certifying plumber or NZIBS building surveyor

Cause

Blocked stormwater drain

Repair

  • locate and clear blockages

Cause

Overflowing on-site stormwater or potable water storage tanks

Repair

  • check reason for overflowing (insufficient capacity, blocked overflow) – ensure storage tanks have an overflow to permitted stormwater drain or natural watercourse