We’re aware of the distress that sewer flooding can cause and we work hard to prevent flooding from our sewers.
What causes sewer flooding?
There are lots of possible causes of flooding in your home, the most common are:
When we have exceptional weather with intense or long periods of rainfall, the sewers can become overwhelmed and aren’t able to carry the additional water away quickly enough.
- Blocked pipes
Pipes can block with fatty build ups, root growth and non-flushable objects like wet wipes.
Who is responsible?
The table below shows who is responsible and contact details for each type of flooding:
Surface water on roads, highways and pavementsBlocked road drains / gullies and overgrown verges
Local Council Highways Department
Devon County Council Highways
Cornwall County Council Highways
Dorset County Council Highways
|Groundwater||Waterlogged ground when water pools on the surface||
Local Council or Landowner
|Rivers and watercourses||Water draining into rivers and streams from nearby land||
Environment Agency or Landowner
|Coastal / Tidal||Rough seas, high tides or storm overflows on lower land||Environment Agency|
|Public sewers||Manholes and covers||Us|
|Cesspits/ septic tanks, toilets or internal drains||Homeowner|
Learn more about how to protect your property from flooding on the BeFloodReady website.
Local authority map
If you are experiencing flooding which you believe has occurred from the highway, you can use the map to contact your local authority about the flooding.
We’re responsible for clearing any blockages from the pipes highlighted in brown below. The pipes marked in blue are the responsibility of the homeowner.
You may find that a shared sewer pipe that you share with your neighbours runs through your land. In this case it would be classed as a public sewer/lateral drain and would be our responsibility.
How we can help
If you experience flooding from a public sewer or think that it is blocked, please call us on 0344 346 2020 so that we can investigate. We’ll clear any blockages and clean up any sewage debris outside your property.
If you have flooding inside your home, we can investigate and put you in touch with experts that can help with the clean up and talk with insurers.
Sewer flooding claim form
We are not generally liable for the escape of sewage, but we are sorry for any problems this may have caused. However you may be entitled to a Guaranteed Standard of Service payment under our customer promise.
If you are the account holder and believe you are entitled to a Customer Promise Payment, please complete the form here.
There are a number of schemes, charities and community groups which can assist with support, guidance and funding to help prevent, prepare for and recover from flooding.
Flood Re is a joint Government and insurance industry initiative to help you find affordable home insurance if you are at risk of flooding or have been flooded.
The National Flood Forum offers a dedicated helpline and online resource for all flood related enquiries and work with Government agencies and local authorities to represent communities.