A CCTV drain survey should be on your radar if you’re looking to buy a new house. Given the recent government 95% mortgage announcement, a lot more of us are considering getting on the property ladder. The in-depth inspection can identify a problem before it causes damage to your new property, preventing the cost of calling out emergency repair engineers.

This drain service is particularly useful for those of you who are about to buy a house. While some issues are quick and easy to repair, others may require several days worth of work. With your drainage report, you can consult with an engineer before you move in. You can arrange any work that needs to be completed before you move in and will have a clear idea of the conditions of your drains.  

Maintain Drains offer CCTV drain surveys across Poole, Bournemouth and the surrounding areas. We have over 15 years experience servicing Dorset’s drains and we understand the importance of drain inspections when it comes to buying a house. Having worked in residential and commercial properties, we know that preventing the issue is the best way to protect yourself from expensive repair work, business closure and drain system shut-downs.

To help you understand more about this service, we’ve written an article giving you the benefits of conducting a CCTV drain survey before you buy a house. If you have any questions or you’d like to speak to a drainage engineer, get in touch with our team today

What is a CCTV Drain Survey?

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CCTV drain survey is a thorough inspection of your full drainage system. An in-depth drainage inspection like this will allow your engineer to quickly identify any problems in your system and find the best solution.

This can save you time and money as your drainage engineer will use the CCTV drain survey to identify problems before they cause serious damage to your drains or property. If you’re buying a new home, a drain inspection can be particularly beneficial. You can move in reassured that nothing will go wrong with your pipework and you won’t find yourself dealing with blocked drains, pipe repairs or excavation.

How Does a CCTV Drain Survey Work?

A CCTV drain survey is the fastest and most cost-effective way to get to the root of your problems. Your engineer will guide high-tech drain inspection cameras through your system, monitoring a live-feed to identify any issues or damage to your pipework.

Once the problem has been located, your engineer will be able to recommend the best solution. This could be something simple such as drain rodding or jetting to remove a basic blockage. However, a CCTV drain survey will also find issues such as tree roots in drains, rat infestations or collapsed pipe work deep in your drainage system. 

Without excavation, the live-feed from a CCTV drain inspection is the best way to identify some of these major problems.

Are You Required to Have a CCTV Drain Survey When You Buy a House?

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While it isn’t a requirement to have a CCTV drain survey when you buy a house, we would always recommend it. Your house survey may identify some drainage issues, however, your surveyor won’t conduct a thorough inspection of your drains or pipework. That means you won’t know how major any issues are until after you move in.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not you need a CCTV drain survey before you buy a house, we’ve highlighted some of the key benefits below: 

Prevent Expensive Bills

When you buy a house, you take full ownership of the property and inherit any problems that may be lingering beneath the surface. If anything does go wrong, it is your responsibility to cover the costs of the repair work. 

A CCTV drain survey will identify any underlying issues before you sign off on the property. Your drainage engineer will identify anything that may become a serious problem later down the line. In doing so, they will be able to recommend an immediate solution that is far more cost-effective than emergency repair work.

Negotiation Tool

If you’re thinking about conducting a CCTV drain survey on a house you’re about to buy, you have probably already fallen in love with the property. A drain inspection can help you negotiate costs as it will outline all of the work that may need to be done on the drainage system.

If your drain survey report identifies any issues, the current owner will be faced with two options. They can either pay for the repair work before signing over the house, or they can lower the price to accommodate the cost of the work that is needed.  

Drain Ownership 

In 2011, the drain laws in the UK changed leaving many homeowners unsure about ownership. This is important because if your drainage issue is caused by a problem outside of your ownership lines, you can have it repaired free of charge.

A CCTV drain survey will tell you exactly where your responsibility ends, so you don’t end up paying for repair work that the council should take care of. 

Find Out More About CCTV Drain Surveys in Dorset

A CCTV drain survey gives new homeowners peace of mind while preventing huge repair bills, helping negotiate the costs of the house and identifying drain ownership boundaries. 

If you’re thinking about conducting a CCTV drain survey on your own property, or a property you are about to buy, our team will be more than happy to provide you with a no-obligation quote. The drain report will outline any repair work needed and our engineers can help you identify the best solution moving forward.

Get in touch with our team to find out when we can book you in for your CCTV drain inspection today.

Dorset County Council has awarded Dorset based drainage specialists Maintain Drains a contract to provide it with a comprehensive range of drainage services.

Under the 4-year term contract, Maintain Drains will be the sole provider of all specialist drainage services needed by the Council across their estate portfolio.

Services include CCTV drainage surveys, emergency drain and sewer unblocking, planned drain cleaning and maintenance, pipe descaling, manhole repairs, grease trap cleaning, pumping station and sewage treatment plant maintenance.

Jonathan Taylor, Maintain’s Managing Director, commented:

“We are delighted to have been chosen as a sole supplier on this framework. Our success is built on partnerships, and we are pleased that the expertise of our teams and their commitment to outstanding customer service have been recognised in this competitive tender process.”

“Maintain Drains previously held the contract and we have worked to save the council time and money with our innovations and best practices, as well as sustainable solutions that protect the environment for future generations.”

“We are looking forward to working with Dorset County Council and further serving the authority.”

Maintain Drains are pleased to announce that the company has successfully completed the transition of their Quality Management system from ISO9001:2008 to the ISO9001:2015 standard. This latest version of the much regarded standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. The company has worked very closely throughout the transition with NQA who are our Certification body, to meet the stringent requirements, and achieve this significant milestone.

10Today is Maintain Drains 10th anniversary.

Over the past 10 years both our family and company has grown. Like every company, we faced our hard times, but we have also been very blessed. We have had many fair and honorable clients that have entrusted us to work with them and we continue to do so today.

I am very proud of what we’ve achieved and we continue to grow our business on the same morals laid down in 2006 to provide a dedicated, honest and reliable service to our clients.

The team has accomplished a lot in 10 years but we’re not nearly done – we cannot wait for what the next 10 years will bring.

Thank you.

Benefit from 10% off both our ‘Looksee’ and full drainage CCTV drainage inspections. (Offer applies to domestic properties only).

You can redeem you voucher by visiting our Yell page here.

To find out how much a CCTV drainage survey costs or for more information please check out our page.

Maintain Drains has been awarded accreditation from safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Jonathan Taylor, director at Maintain Drains said, “More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Maintain has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. The safecontractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by our insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.”