Connecting to an existing sewer: no two jobs are the same.

Shell Fulham

As sewer connection contractors, it’s fair to say we never have a dull day and tackle a wide variety of challenges. Not only do we help our clients problem-solve their sites, but we also help to control costs by making the right decisions about their sewers and drainage.

A large amount of our work is focussed on building, moving or fixing sewer connections, sometimes working out in the countryside on a greenfield site new development, and sometimes connecting into an existing sewer in busy urban areas (along with all the constraints that might bring). No two jobs are the same, but we always apply the same approach:

  • Find the right solution for connecting to the public sewer
  • Identify the most cost-effective way of doing this
  • Carry this out in the most economical way
  • Work in tandem with the local authority to minimise disruption, and with the water authority to achieve compliance effectively and efficiently.

You only have to look at a selection of our recent case studies to see the breadth of our knowledge and experience as sewer connection contractors. Here we’ve picked out a few of our favourite projects to highlight, to show you some of the more interesting sewer works we’ve been involved in:

Sewer connection inside a building

We often carry out works to connect to an existing public sewer in urban areas, where access and working space is restricted. This particularly unusual job actually took place within a building – an old bank was being converted into a KFC. The biggest challenges of working indoors include access for plant machinery, ventilation, noise, and waste removal. The space and location restrictions make for the most complex sort of job. You can read more about it here.

Shell Fulham

Sewer connection troubleshooting and remedials

We recently helped the construction firm Toureen Group problem-solve an issue they had on site while working on the conversion of Shell’s Fulham fuel station to turn it into the energy brand’s first all-electric forecourt. They had discovered that the outgoing drain was blocked and engaged our help. We found that, in fact, the interceptor and four metres of the existing public sewer had been filled with concrete at some point! You can read about how we tackled the issued here.

Sewer diversion for an extension

It’s not uncommon for public sewers to run under private gardens, and that’s exactly what the Smiths discovered when they began excavating for their new extension. They found a 225mm foul sewer running right under where they wanted to build, and so required a sewer diversion. You can read about our quick turnaround on this project – so the build could proceed unhindered as speedily as possible – here.

Public sewer connections in urban areas

In busy cities and towns, works are not only affected by a need to avoid disruption, but the proximity of buildings and roads makes laying sewers in trenches impossible. In this project we helped our client to control costs by using a timber heading method. This avoided the costs associated with lane closures and TfL rental scheme daily charges (the carriageway was a designated Red Route in central London). You can read more about how we helped our client save money on these works, here.

At Premier Drainage Solutions we have 40 years’ experience as sewer connection contractors, and our connection and diversion experience covers a broad range of different project challenges. For free advice on your works, call 01268 950050 or send us an email to [email protected].

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