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    When would I need a CCTV drain survey?

    Drainage Specialists

    Hi, in what scenarios would I need a CCTV drain survey? Is it legally necessary in some cases.

    Asked by Nan on 19th May 2022
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    "There are different types of surveys. One vital one which has not been mentioned is a Homebuyers Survey. Before exchange of contracts it is highly reccommended that the buyer calls upon a drain cctv survey company to check condition of the drains as a normal house survey does not pick up on any defects within the drainage system.

    Any repair works required will be scoped and quoted. The price of repair works can either be taken off the price of the house or current homeowner can rectify before exchange of contracts.

    I have dealth with houses that have begun to subside due to water leaking out of drainage system. When moving house you would not want to throw your money down the drain! Price of survey vs Price of potential subsidence?"

    Answered on 25th May 2022 - Member since May 2022 - report
    Camdrain Ltd

    "Hi, You will not need a drain survey for all building works carried out, You will need to have a agreement with the utilities provider (for example Severn Trent) if you plan on building over an existing sewer network or within 3 feet of one. Shared lines are more important assets so a survey would need to be conducted to conclude the current operating state of the sewer in question and also a survey upon completion of the build so that the utilites company can see that the work carried out has not disrupted the existing system and that the work is completed to the acceptable standard. Other reasons would be for prospective home buyers to have a survey before completion for peice of mind and also any issues can be corrected before the completion date., also Insurance companies will ask for a survey if you are looking to insure your drainage lines.

    Hope I have helped."

    Answered on 19th May 2022 - Member since Nov 2021 - report
    Go-Flow Drainage Solutions

    "If you drain was given you bother maybe blocking up a few times or possible getting strong smells of sewage. Then a camera survey to check the drain would be ideal."

    Answered on 11th Jun 2022 - Member since Jun 2022 - report
    Treatment Plant Services Ltd

    "If you're getting repeat blockages in the same line it would be worth having CCTV done to see if there is a displaced joint, crack, or other obstruction causing it. If selling and not on mains drainage, buyers might ask for a survey of the drainage to make sure it's compliant with the latest regs"

    Answered on 19th May 2022 - Member since Dec 2020 - report
    Clever Works Ltd

    "A CCTV Drainage Survey is recommended when:

    -building an extension
    -buying a house
    -having subsidence issues or suspect subsidence
    -your home is regularly experiencing drain blockages and you want to identify and remedy the cause.

    It will be legally necessary if you are aiming to get planning approval and want to connect your drains to existing."

    Answered on 19th May 2022 - Member since Apr 2022 - report

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