CCTV Drain Surveys – All You Need To Know

Drainage problems can soon become very costly and result in days of invasive repair work. The best way to avoid this, and keep your drains in tip-top condition, is with a CCTV drain survey.

What are CCTV Drain Surveys?

In reality, a CCTV drain survey is exactly what it says it is. It’s a survey of your drainage system that uses CCTV cameras to look inside. These cameras allow drainage engineers like us to take a detailed look inside your drains and analyse your pipes. This is by far and away the most effective way of inspecting a drainage system, and it requires no digging up of land or anything else invasive. Once the inspection has concluded, you’ll receive a full report of what we found.

What happens during a CCTV Drainage Survey?

A typical drain survey will follow a fairly straightforward process. It begins with you booking the survey at a time that suits you best. If you’ve been experiencing any particular drainage issues, then you should let your engineer know about it before they get started. This allows us to maybe have an idea of specific things to look for.

Following this, your drainage engineer will place the CCTV camera down into your drainage system via an access point. To do this, we will use various equipment that’s suitable for the conditions, including waterproof cameras, access rods, and sonar units. The main equipments you need to know about are the cameras and access rods. The rods push the camera through your drains, allowing us to manoeuvre it and see everything.

When the camera is inside your drainage system, it provides us with live images of your drains. These images are broadcast back to the engineer who will have a screen that lets them watch a live feed of what’s going on. This is a critical part of the drain surveys as it’s usually where any blockages or issues are identified.

Once the survey has been completed, the engineer can inform you of the condition of your drainage system. Our company will provide you with a detailed report of any breakages, root ingress, collapsed drains, and so on. We even give you a DVD of the live feed so you can see exactly what we talk about in the report, along with a full schematic diagram too.

Following this, we recommend what should be done to keep your drains healthy and notify you of any vital repair work that should be taken care of. If your drains require a lot of work, then you can book up a follow-up visit.

What can be found during a CCTV Drain Survey?

The short answer to this question is; everything. Any and all problems – regardless of size and severity – can be identified during a CCTV drain survey. The very purpose of these surveys is to provide a detailed analysis of drainage systems by using a camera.

We already touched upon a few things you can find:

  • Breakages
  • Root ingress
  • Collapsed drains

But, there are plenty of other common problems we can identify through this survey too, including:

  • Drain blockages
  • Corrosion
  • Signs of animal life
  • Pipe leaks
  • Signs of poor drainage installation

When do you need a drain survey?

A CCTV drain survey is an essential part of drainage maintenance and care. But, when is the best – or most recommended – time to book one?

If you’ve been experiencing ongoing drainage issues, then you should definitely book a survey to understand what’s going on and why these problems keep occurring. The same goes for anyone that’s had a one-off issue out of the blue. If you have no idea what’s causing your problems, then a CCTV survey will help figure everything out and plan your next course of action.

Likewise, it pays to have a drain survey before you go to buy a new home. This survey will give you an accurate view of how healthy the drainage system is, and whether or not there are lingering issues that can cost a lot to fix.

We carry out CCTV surveys in all locations throughout Sussex, including Brighton, Hove, Southwick, Shoreham, Steyning, Lancing, Worthing, Littlehampton, Horsham and Crawley.

At 1st Clear Flow, we provide extensive CCTV drain surveys for all our customers. If your drains need a detailed check, then contact our team today and book an appointment.

Please give us a call on 01903 212392.

For more info see our main CCTV Surveys page.