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Manhole in front garden overflowing muddy water


In the front of the garage in the front garden there is a manhole 40x40 cm that is overflowing with muddy water. It is sitting in concrete slabs not on earth but next to the turf, and it has concrete walls. I poked inside with a rake handle and at about 1.5 m I hit mud. The muddy water had many large rags all of the same thin material floating or settled at the bottom, and they certainly didn’t come from the drains inside the house. There is hardly any smell except when it rains, and there is no evidence of material coming from the kitchen or toilets.
The landlord doesn’t answer phone or email, and before calling people who deal with blocked drains I thought I’d ask here in case this could be something structural rather than blocked drains. Can anyone give an explanation or suggest who to contact?


"large rags all of the same thin material"

Your drains are blocked with "wet wipes" / "baby wipes" / "make-up removal wipes" or whatever you call them.

Call a drain cleaning service.

Jan 23, 2018 12:14

Yep - blocked drains are the tenant's problem.

Jan 23, 2018 20:48

Are you sure its not a fosse spetic? That will need to be pumped put annually and they are pretty standard on okder properties

Jan 24, 2018 19:04

In some cases there ia a crucible style pit between the house and street which ever the id suggest getting a draiin company out the landlors wont want to feal with this

Jan 24, 2018 19:06

Thank you all for your help. I have a company coming Friday.
I have no idea what it is, but it certainly doesn't seem to be coming from house waste and there seems to be no solid bottom. It's a good urban residential area so I doubt that it's a fosse septique.

Jan 24, 2018 20:23

Hi hope you got it sorted some older properties have a kind of bowl between them and the street we do it’s not a proper fosse septic but I believe designed to allow fat etc to settle. In one house we had one back up into our cellar the landlord blamed for not emptying it which was interesting being that she had a drive laid over any access point and it wasn’t visible until she dug the drive up after.

Jan 29, 2018 16:39