When buying a home, the only way you’re going to get a good deal is if you know exactly what you’re buying. There’s a lot that you can see with your own eyes and, if you’re savvy, you will have a home buyer’s report or a surveyor to help you uncover a lot more. However, there’s a part of the home that you can’t see quite as easily: the drainage.
Most of us don’t give the drainage much thought; that is until it becomes a problem. But when you’re moving into a home, you could be inheriting a range of drainage issues that are lurking under the surface. That’s why you should consider a CCTV Drain Survey to ensure that you’re getting the full picture.
What is a CCTV Drain Survey?
Using CCTV camera systems and sonar, teams like 1st Clearflow Ltd can fully inspect the inside of the pipes throughout the entire home. Once the inspection is done, the team can highlight any underlying issues you might have missed, as well as providing the DVD footage so you can look over it again. You will even receive a schematic diagram of the drainage so you can follow along with the DVD and see the exact location of issues within the drains. 1st Clearflow Ltd also includes recommendations on how to resolve any of the issues found by the CCTV Drain Survey.
Problems you might find with a CCTV Drain Survey
How necessary is it to get a picture of the health of your drains, really? It could be more crucial than you might think. There is a range of issues you could spot that, left unseen and untreated, could result in leaks, burst pipes, replacement fees, and even structural damage to the home.
For instance, roots from nearby trees can dig deep underground and infiltrate the home, including the drainage system. Roots automatically search for moisture and your pipes could be the perfect feeding spot for them. A small gap in a misaligned joint or a single crack can give them the wiggle room they need to grow inside. As they grow, not only will they wide gaps in the drain, but they can block the pipe, sometimes to the point that you have to entirely replace your drainage.
We might also spot drainage systems that aren’t up to date with the current regulations. Out-of-date or illegal drainage systems can cause sewage to contaminate natural water sources. It’s the responsibility of the current owner to replace these systems. Even if you’re not the one who installed them, if you buy the home and later discover illegal drainage, you have to pay to replace them.
A CCTV Drain Survey can also find the source of interior problems like rat infestations and surface flooding, by finding the initial cracks or gaps that might let them into the system. There are a host of issues this procedure can uncover.
The benefits of getting a CCTV Drain Survey
The question of responsibility when it comes down to essential repairs to the drains is all about ownership. If you have already bought the home by the time you discover drainage problems, they’re your responsibility. A CCTV Drain Survey can help you uncover those issues before you sign any contracts, meaning it’s the responsibility of the seller to fix it. There are plenty of benefits to this:
- You save money you would otherwise have to spend on repairs, which can be costly.
- You ensure that you’re not going to have any problems with blocked pipes any time soon.
- The process is quick and easy, taking around two hours to complete.
- The DVD and recommendations from the team serve as concrete proof of major issues.
It’s essential that you arrange for a CCTV Drain Survey before you buy the home, so you’re not on the hook for any of the fixes that the team recommends.
Arrange your CCTV Drain Survey today
The sooner you uncover any potential problems lingering beneath a house that you intend to buy, the better. However, a CCTV Drain Survey is a good idea even if you have already bought the home, helping you uncover issues before they become even more expensive concerns. If you’re building an extension, have a pest problem, experience surface flood or any other persistent plumbing problems, you should consider a CCTV Drain Survey.
1st Clearflow Ltd is a licensed, experienced team that can carry out a CCTV Drain Survey in no time. We schedule to fit your needs and have a near-perfect score on Checkatrade.com, so call 01903 212392 and let us know how we can help.