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When is a CCTV drain survey needed?

Most of us rarely think about our drains. They live out of sight in walls and underground, and years can go by with no problems at all. But sudden drainage issues like clogged drains, burst pipes, root intrusions or collapsed pipes that spread wastewater can put you and your property at risk.

Drain and sewage problems can be harmful to your health and cause serious, long-lasting damage to your home or commercial building. And the longer you leave them, the harder and more expensive they are to fix.

Unfortunately, the concealed nature of drains can make it very difficult to predict a growing problem or diagnose an existing one. That’s why homeowners and businesses throughout the UK rely on a professional CCTV drain survey as a powerful diagnostic and preventative tool.

What is a CCTV drain survey?

During a CCTV drain survey, an experienced plumbing technician will look inside your drainage pipes with high-tech equipment such as waterproof push-rod cameras. These provide real-time images of the inside of your sewage system, allowing the technician to see what’s causing – or could cause – a drainage problem.

A CCTV drain survey helps you protect your property by identifying:

  • Blockages and leaks
  • Displaced joints
  • Tree root ingress
  • Corrosion
  • Cracked or collapsed pipes
  • Scale build-up
  • Animal infestations

When do you need a CCTV drain survey?

Whether you’re a homeowner, commercial business owner or property developer, a CCTV drain survey can save you a huge amount of time, hassle and money. Here are just a few of the situations in which it’s highly recommended that you book a CCTV drain survey.

Buying a new property (homebuyer’s survey)

Few things in life are as stressful or expensive as buying a new property. So the last thing you want is to be surprised by disruptive drainage problems and costly repairs right after you move in.

Homebuyers are advised to arrange a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) home survey before purchasing a property. But while the survey gives you a broad assessment of your possible future home, it doesn’t include a drain survey. That means critical damage could go unnoticed.

Arranging a CCTV drain survey with a local drainage expert gives you much clearer information on the property’s overall condition. With this knowledge, you can make a better judgement on whether or not to move ahead with your purchase.

Leasing a property

If you rent out your property, it’s your responsibility as the landlord to make sure your sewage system is in good condition. By scheduling a CCTV drain survey before a new tenant moves in, you can find and fix blocked, damaged or smelly pipes ahead of time.

As well as letting you build a reputation as a reliable landlord, this helps you reduce tenant complaints and save time and money arranging expensive repairs when things go wrong. A CCTV drain survey also provides security, as if the tenant causes any damage you have proof that your drains were in good condition before you lease your property.

Building a new structure (build over agreement survey)

Building a new structure over drains or sewers risks damaging pre-existing pipework. This is true both for contractors erecting a large building and small-scale homeowners who want to put up a new conservatory, garage or other extension.

The local water authority will insist on a pre-build CCTV drain survey if the building work is planned near or over their pipes. In this case, you’ll be obligated to arrange the survey to comply with local authority requirements. However, it’s also recommended to schedule a second CCTV drain survey after the work is complete to make sure no damage was caused during construction.

Slow draining

If water is taking longer than usual to drain away down the plughole, it’s highly likely that there’s a blockage somewhere in your plumbing system. A CCTV drain survey will help you identify the cause of the blockage and make appropriate plans to clear it.

This is one of the earliest and clearest signs of a growing drainage problem. So if your sinks, showers and baths are draining slowly, it’s in your best interest to book a CCTV drain survey as soon as possible.

Pooling water

Not all blockages build up gradually. Sometimes, they occur very quickly, leading to slow draining in your bath, sink or toilet, or even pooling water. This could be a sign of a serious plumbing problem or even a collapsed drainage pipe. Contact a local drainage expert now if water is pooling in your property.

Unpleasant smells

When your drains are blocked or damaged, the stench of waste often comes back up your pipes. This is most common in your kitchen or bathroom, in which

grease, food waste, soap, hair or sanitary products are often washed down the sink.

Scheduling a CCTV drain survey allows you to find the cause of these foul smells and clear them away effectively. Doing so can protect you and your family against a serious health hazard.

Preventative maintenance (condition survey)

You don’t need to wait for a problem to have your drains inspected. In fact, you can save money and stress by scheduling a regular CCTV drain survey as preventative maintenance.

Residential and commercial drainage systems experience heavy use. By arranging a condition survey, you can identify potential problems long before they get out of hand.

At the very least, we recommend booking a CCTV drain survey once every two years. However, an annual survey would be better for a particularly large or busy property.

Book your CCTV drain survey now

As an established drain maintenance, repairs and servicing company with a strong reputation, Drain Division conducts residential and commercial CCTV drain surveys throughout the south of England. All of our technicians are fully qualified and insured, and carry the finest equipment to bring you a fast, effective service every time. Our offices are open 6am to midnight 7 days a week, and we even offer discounts for NHS workers and senior citizens.

Contact our expert plumbing and drainage team now to arrange your local CCTV drain survey.



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