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What Is a CCTV Drainage Survey?

A CCTV drain survey involves sending specialist camera equipment into a drainage system to ascertain the root cause of an issue. Rather than digging intrusive, costly and time-consuming trenches, the CCTV survey identifies blockages, leaks, scale build-ups or any other problem via a high definition camera, helping our professional engineers to fully understand the issue and come up with the best solution to get your drains flowing freely again.

How Does a CCTV Drain Survey Work?

Our engineers head to the location armed with high-tech drainage equipment, including waterproof push rod cameras to drive through the drainage system and remote crawlers to give us visual insight of obstructed or damaged pipes. Once we have access to the drains, we deploy a camera to deliver real-time footage to our engineer, who will compile a CCTV drain survey report that is used to understand the severity of the problem.

CCTV Drain Inspections Help to Find:

  • Blockages and Leaks
  • Displaced Joints
  • Minor and Major Tree Root Ingress
  • Corrosion, Wear and Tear
  • Cracked and Collapsed Drains
  • Scale Build-Up
  • Signs of Poor Insulation or Displacement

CCTV drain inspections are an unobtrusive and cost-effective way of finding the source of a problem. With our engineers carrying specialist drainage equipment with them to all jobs, it is often the case that once the leak, blockage or damage is located, the team can resolve it quickly.


Homebuyer and Vendor Drain Surveys

A RICS homebuyer survey does not assess the state of the drains at a property, meaning critical drainage problems may be missed. Collapsed or damaged drains are expensive to resolve which is why it’s important to evaluate the drainage infrastructure prior to purchasing a property to uncover any hidden future expenses.

We conduct a full CCTV drain inspection survey of a property to make sure there aren’t any existing drainage or sewage issues that could lead to severe problems in the future. The survey will look for damaged pipework, tree root ingress, backed-up sewage, leaks and pipe collapse. Our CCTV drainage reports are also suitable for vendors looking to sell and don’t want to run into any delays due to drainage faults.

Pre-Tenancy Drain Surveys

Landlords are responsible for drainage infrastructure, and Drain Doctor drainage CCTV surveys allow them to lease out a property with confidence. We use state of the art CCTV drainage cameras to ensure the drains, waste pipes and sewers are in good condition. A pre-tenancy CCTV drainage survey can help prove if a tenant has caused any drain damage.

Build Over Surveys

Build over surveys are conducted before and after building work. For those planning an extension on an existing property, the water authority will insist you carry out a CCTV drainage survey if building work is to take place over or near their pipes. CCTV surveys are also useful to assess the quality of newly installed drains and verify that they are functioning correctly.

Subsidence Surveys

Property owners who have reported subsidence issues utilise our CCTV drain surveys. An engineer will arrive on-site and jet the drains down to get a clear overview of the drainage network to establish the cause of the subsidence. Far less intrusive and time-consuming than other methods, a CCTV survey is a great place to start investigating subsidence.


How Much Does a Drain Survey Cost?

Every property is different, but the Drain Doctor engineers will be able to visit the location to provide a free quote ahead of carrying out a CCTV drain survey. The quotes we deliver carry no obligation, and the price will be fixed, allowing our customers to have a full understanding of the costs involved.

With Drain Doctor specialists located across the UK, why not speak to your local engineer about a free quote for a CCTV drain survey?

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We understand the urgency of a drainage disaster, which is why our teams are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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