The amount of information that a CCTV drain survey provides to our engineers means they’re often a vital part of our work. The equipment shows the extent of any drainage issues and accurate locations for them. It’s quick, easy, and not disruptive.
CCTV drain inspection surveys are useful for a variety of reasons:
1. Mapping a drainage network:
Understanding the network of drains surrounding a property is sometimes very useful. For example, when building or renovation work is being planned.
There are usually two types of drains on a property, one for rainwater and one for wastewater. However, some older properties have a combination drain. The latter drains all water through to a water treatment facility. If you have two separate drains, it’s a good idea to know which is which.
Wastewater must drain away from a property to a treatment facility, and not the rivers or sea as with rainwater. Rainwater can flow into a wastewater drain but not the other way around. A drainage survey will show you what drains you have, and what water is flowing into which.
2. Investigating problems:
If you suspect drainage problems, including a blocked drain or collapsed drain, a drain survey report will be able to show you:
- Cause of blockages
- Amount of scale build-up
- Cracks and fractures
- Ingress of plant roots
- Joints out of place
- Pipework collapse
- Drainage pipe material and dimensions
3. Pre-purchase surveys
Most home buyers don’t think about the condition of the drainage for the property they’re planning to buy, but having a CCTV drain survey done before purchase will highlight any drainage problems that need repair work done.
The last thing you want to face as a new homeowner is a drainage problem, as this could leave you with a significant bill to pay. We’re often called out to resolve drainage problems just a few weeks after new owners have moved in.
The findings of a pre-purchase drainage survey can be shared with the seller. They might want to take on the responsibility of paying for any repair work needed. Alternatively, you might be able to negotiate on the purchase price with a view that the repair work can be carried out after you’ve settled in.
Call us if you’re thinking about buying a property. We can carry out a range of pre-purchase surveys, including electrical, roofing, plumbing and central heating systems.