Why use a CCTV drain survey

Maintain Drains plumber attending a domestic property

We can use a CCTV drain survey to observe the conditions of your drains and to get to the root of your drainage problems. To help us maintain your drains, we need to know what is going on down in your house’s drainage system. Drainage problems aren’t always easy to diagnose and CCTV footage can help to detect major issues, such as collapsed pipes and root ingress. Read this blog to find out more about how these surveys are carried out and whether your home might need to be investigated.

Our drain investigations can help homeowners facing one-off or ongoing issues with their drainage system. We can also offer pre-purchase surveys for home buyers. Building surveyors typically only look at the manhole. So a full drain investigation can give house hunters the opportunity to make a fully informed decision about their new home.  

What is a CCTV drainage survey?

These surveys are designed to deliver an in-depth, extensive review of your drainage system. High-tech CCTV cameras are used to monitor the conditions of your drains and send a live video feed back to our expert engineers. Maintain Drains will thoroughly review your system and detect any drain damage or blockages with our sophisticated surveys.

How does a CCTV drain survey work?

After installation, our drainage engineers are able to access a real-time view of your drains.

Our team are trained to diagnose major and minor issues and can use the latest drainage technology to identify collapsed drains, tree root ingress, pipe damage or corrosion. Maintain Drains will provide a full, written report of the conditions of your drains. The CCTV drain report will include photos of any damage, video footage and a full, visual layout of your drainage structure. This is particularly useful to home buyers looking for visual evidence of their drainage system conditions.

How much does pre purchase drain survey cost?

Call today for a free quote and to discuss your drainage survey with one of our friendly experts. Maintain Drains offer in-depth CCTV investigations and a wider range of 24-hour drainage services in the Poole and Bournemouth area.


What is a CCTV drain survey, and why is it important?

A CCTV drain survey is a diagnostic technique used to inspect the condition of drainage systems using specialized cameras mounted on flexible rods. These cameras provide real-time footage of the interior of drain pipes, allowing technicians to identify blockages, leaks, cracks, root intrusions, and other issues without the need for invasive digging or excavation.

How does a CCTV survey for drains work?

During a CCTV survey for drains, a small waterproof camera attached to a flexible rod is inserted into the drain or sewer line through an access point such as a manhole or cleanout. The camera is then guided through the pipe, capturing high-definition video footage of the interior as it travels.

When should I consider scheduling a drain survey?

It’s advisable to schedule a drain survey in several situations, including:

Before purchasing a property: A pre-purchase drain survey can reveal any existing issues with the drainage system, allowing you to make an informed decision about the property.

After experiencing recurring drainage problems: If you’ve been experiencing frequent blockages, slow drainage, or foul odours from your drains, a CCTV survey can help identify the cause.

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