First, you need to identify the place of the problem or the blocked drain. You need to identify if the problem is indeed in public (communal) or private property. So, what identifies a public or private drain?
The pipes that go away from your house’s structure is called a drain. When your drain conjoins with another property’s drain, it is called a sewer. Now here’s the problem, a sewer can either be public or private property. To know whether it’s private or public, you need to ask the proper authorities. Your local water authority usually manages a public sewer. This local water authority is responsible for maintaining the functionality and cleanliness of the public sewer.
If your house and your neighbors share the same pipe, it’s called a “private sewer.” If a portion of that private sewer gets blocked or something, all the households that are connected to that private sewer should partake in the costings. If ever, there’s a dispute about this agreement, the local Environmental Health Officers is the one who presides over this dispute.
If you are the only one in your neighborhood that’s using a pipe, you have what you call a private drain. In private drains, you have the responsibility for its cleaning and functionality features. Meaning, you have to shoulder the expenses for its cleaning and repair services.