Did you know that you are responsible for the upkeep of the pipes that carry wastewater from your place to the Council system?

CCTV footage of groundwater infiltration getting through cracked pipes

CCTV footage of groundwater infiltration getting through cracked pipes.

If your pipes are damaged, sand, silt and excess groundwater can enter the system. This can cause blockages, increase pump wear and wastewater overflows.

Many pipes were damaged in the Canterbury earthquake sequence.

About 70 per cent of blockages in wastewater laterals are found in the private section, the pipe from the household gully trap to the boundary of the property.

The sooner you get this checked the more likely you are to avoid costly repairs. If it’s clear that damage is related to the earthquakes and you have insurance cover, the Earthquake Commission (EQC) may cover the cost.

Check your eligibility at the EQC website.(external link)

If you haven’t done so, you should get a registered drainlayer to have a look at your pipes.

The cost of a CCTV examination is dependent on: 

  • the length of the lateral pipe
  • the depth
  • the ease of access
  • the condition of the pipe
  • whether they clean the pipe prior to the CCTV check.