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What is a CCTV Drain Survey and Why Should You Care?

A CCTV drain survey is a visual inspection of your drains using a small camera called a ‘explorer’ or computer-assisted video inspection (CVVI) camera. It will give you an accurate idea of the current state of your property’s drains before they cause expensive problems. A standard drain survey doesn’t involve any cameras and is just based on the visual appearance of the pipe. If you have access to your property’s drains, a thorough CCTV drain survey will give you much more information than a standard one and will be cheaper in the long run as it identifies problems that might lead to future issues. Conducting a pre-purchase inspection can help reduce the risk of buying an investment property that has major defects or issues with its plumbing and drainage system. As part of this inspection, it’s recommended that buyers do a check on the building’s drains using either a standard or a more detailed CCTV drain survey.

What to Expect from a CCTV Drain Survey

A standard drain survey will help you understand what the current state of your property’s drains looks like. With a CCTV drain survey, you’ll be able to see what’s actually happening inside your drains. The standard survey will be based on visual observations, but with a CCTV drain survey, you’ll be able to see what’s inside your drains, including blockages and defects. A standard drain survey is cheaper, but a CCTV drain survey will let you see what’s inside your drains and will give you a more thorough and accurate representation of the current state.

Who Should Do the CCTV Drain Survey?

The person conducting the CCTV drain survey should be knowledgeable about drains and the way that they work. A plumber or a drainage engineer will be able to conduct a proper CCTV drain survey as they have the skills and knowledge needed to do so.

What Are Your Property’s Drains Currently Like?

Before you can decide what to do next, you’ll first need to find out what exactly is causing problems with your drains. You’ll be able to see all the defects in your property’s drains during the CCTV drain survey, which will help you identify the source of the problem. A standard drain survey will give you a visual idea of the current state of your property’s drains, but a CCTV drain survey will show you what’s actually happening inside your drains. You’ll be able to see how clogged your drains are, what’s causing them to be clogged, and if there are any other defects. Knowing this information will help you decide what to do next. For example, if a drain is clogged because it’s too small, you’ll need to replace the drain. But if a drain is clogged because it’s too large and can’t handle the water flow, you’ll need to install an attenuator. Knowing what’s inside your drains will help you decide what to do next.

What Is Causing Problems with Your Drains?

Once you know what’s wrong with your property’s drains, you can decide what to do next. If your drains are too small, you’ll need to change them. If they are too large and can’t handle the water flow, you’ll need to install an attenuator. If they are clogged, you’ll need to remove the blockage or replace the drain or pipe. If your drains are too old and are made of clay, they might need to be replaced. If your drains are made of plastic pipes, they might need to be re-lined. And if your drains are made of concrete, they might need to be repaired.

Conclusions

A CCTV drain survey will help you identify what’s wrong with your drains and will give a thorough overview of the current state of your property’s drains. It will help you decide what to do next, whether that is replacing the entire drain or just re-lining the pipe. As part of a pre-purchase inspection, a CCTV drain survey is recommended for buyers who want to understand what’s wrong with their prospective property’s drains and who want to see what’s actually happening inside them.

To book your CCTV drain survey, call us on 0800 0517430 or complete the form on our contact page.


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