Whose pipe is it?

If there’s a problem with your water supply or drains, do you know who’s responsible for fixing them? And what if you share a pipe with your neighbours, then who’s responsible? This handy guide will help with any queries.

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Homeowner's responsibility

As a homeowner, you’re responsible for all the pipework up to the boundary of your home.

This includes:

  • the pipe between your home and the street boundary (the supply pipe)
  • stop taps on your property (inside or outside)
  • all the plumbing in your home.

If your supply pipe runs through someone else's property, it's still your responsibility.

If any of these pipes leak or you have faulty plumbing in your home, it's down to you. Before you look for a plumber, check if your plumbing is covered by your home insurance or under a separate policy.


Joint homeowner's responsibility 

If your home is older, you might share a supply pipe with your neighbours. If you’re not sure if you share, we can find out for you. One sign may be if you experience low pressure or flow from your taps when your neighbours use the supply.

If you have a shared supply pipes, you’re jointly responsible for maintaining and repairing it.

 

Yorkshire Water's responsibility

At Yorkshire Water, we’re responsible for all the pipework outside the boundary of your home.

This includes:

  • water mains
  • stop taps in the road or pavement
  • the communication pipe leading up to the boundary of your home.

Your water meter and its connections also belong to us and we’ll take care of any repairs or replacements.

Did you know?

If your home was built before 1966, it might be earthed by the metal water supply (unless it’s been reviewed since). If you think your home might be earthed this way, we recommend you get in touch with an electrician or your electricity provider to make sure your home is earthed properly. We’re not responsible for earthing your home.

Detached homes

Pipework responsibility for detached homes

Terraced homes

Pipework responsibility for terraced homes

Property boundary 

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Homeowner's responsibility
Water supply pipe

Coral coloured pipe

Joint homeowners’ responsibility
Common supply pipe

Dark blue pipe

Yorkshire Water’s responsibility
Mains pipe, communication pipe and external stop tap

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Drainage pipes

Homeowner's responsibility

If there's a blockage in a drainage pipe or sewer, responsibility for fixing it depends on where the problem is.

As a homeowner, you're responsible for:

  • all the pipes inside the property. These include toilets, sink drains and any outdoor guttering or pipes attached to the property. 
  • the section of pipe that goes into the ground, either directly or into a gully close to the property, until it reaches a shared drainage pipe or public sewer.


Yorkshire Water's responsibility 

At Yorkshire Water, we're responsible for:

  • drains shared between more than one property
  • drains outside of the property boundary 
  • public sewers.

Detached homes

Pipework responsibility for detached homes

Semi-detached homes

Pipework responsibility for semi-detached homes

Flats or apartments

Pipework responsibility for flats and apartments

Terraced homes

Pipework responsibility for terraced homes

Homeowner's responsibility

Coral coloured pipe

Yorkshire Water's responsibility 

Blue coloured pipe

Property boundary 

Green and white dashed line

Still not sure?

You can view our network of pipes on a map, for free, at our head office at Western House, Halifax Road, Bradford, BD6 2SZ.

Book an appointment

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