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Buying A Home? Here’s Why a CCTV Drain Survey Is Important

Updated: Jul 28, 2023



You’ve just found the home of your dreams, and the excitement is palpable. However, before you call the moving trucks, you’ll need to complete a Home Buyers Survey to ensure your new property is a tip-top shape. This simple “health check” determines the condition of your property and is required by your insurance or mortgage provider.


While a Home Buyers Survey is an important step you’ll need to complete before moving in, there’s one precaution potential home buyers often overlook: A CCTV drain survey.


“Out of sight, out of mind” is the unintentional motto when purchasing a new home, with little thought given to what lies beneath the surface. Replacing rotting pipes and broken drains could be a few of the headaches you’ll need to face once you've signed on the dotted line. Therefore, conducting a drain survey can help save you time and money in the long run.


What is a CCTV Drain Survey?

A CCTV drain survey is an inspection of the pipes that connect a property to the drainage system. An expert will use high-definition cameras to explore and investigate your drains, identifying potential issues. Following the survey, you will receive a report the same day, along with any solutions to the identified problems. This can include the need to unclog, replace or re-line pipes.


While potential buyers are not required to conduct a drain survey, it does provide some important benefits:


No Nasty Surprises

A major benefit of conducting a drain survey is the chance to receive expert advice on your drainage system, which allows you to have a better understanding of your new property’s overall condition. Replacing a collapsed drain could cost you thousands of pounds, which is an expense you’d hate to have sprung on you. During the survey, the operator may flag potential issues, allowing you to get ahead of any problems, saving you money and helping you avoid frustration in the future.


Helps With Insurance

Insurance companies don't usually cover collapsed or damaged pipes. However, if this is something you'd like to cover, insurers will require you to conduct a drainage survey before they insure your property. To save yourself from future hassle, it’s a good idea to conduct a drainage survey before they ask.


Saves You Money

A drainage survey is a small price to pay for peace of mind and can save you thousands of pounds. If any problems are discovered during the survey, you'll have the opportunity to renegotiate the price of your potential property or the sellers will have to make the necessary repairs. Either way, a drain survey will allow you to save money on costly repair work.


Get Clarity

Not only does this survey offer you the opportunity to get a clear picture of your entire property, but it’s a great idea if you'd like to do renovations in the future. Commissioning a drainage survey will help you identify the location of your pipes, providing you with a better picture of “how,” “where,” and “if” you can extend your home.


Experts You Can Trust

Moving into a new home is a major step. To ensure you’re moving into the home of your dreams and not your worst nightmares, you should complete all the necessary inspections. Whether you’re wanting to assess the condition of your potential property’s drainage system or determine the location of pipes, conducting a drainage survey should be on your property buying checklist.


Speak to the experts at Clearpath Drainage, and let’s help you get a better understanding of your new home’s infrastructure!

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