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The significance of drain inspection when buying a home

the importance of CCTV drain survey before buying a property

The significance of drain inspection when buying a home


When buying a home certain prerequisites have to be met. We look at requirements like proximity to train station, shops, parks and schools. A big determining factor is the state of the property that we are considering purchasing. We also place a prime focus on the amount of renovation and refurbishment that is required to be done. In some cases, we focus on the surface repairs or the cosmetic elements of the home. This perspective triggers us to contemplate on the colour and pattern of decoration that is required for the bedroom or front room. Whilst this is important, we sometimes ignore the important and less obvious issues. This is in line with Doug Larson who opined, “If people concentrated in the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” Focusing on important things like the nature of the drainage system and the flood history of the property is very important.

Benjamin Franklin stated that: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is in line with the argument that conducting a thorough CCTV drains survey before buying a property, helps prevent unforeseen cost that we might incur in the future. A complete drain inspection of a property helps us determine if the property has a poor drain line.

the importance of CCTV drain survey before buying a property

Signs of a faulty drain

On the surface level, there are few signs that could indicate the presence of a faulty drain. The first sign is a slow flow rate of dirty water. The presence of dried water could also indicate a problem with the drain line.

Importance of inspecting your drains

Failure to conduct a proper CCTV drain survey could lead to unforeseen drainage costs. Embarking on a proper CCTV survey before buying a property, helps you negotiate with the seller for an accurate valuation or ensure that the drains are fixed before the house is purchased.

A few days ago, a team of Hydro Cleansing engineers, carried out a CCTV survey for a home seller  to detect the drain lining issue. Our team of experts are readily available to provide a stress-free CCTV drain survey for you before you buy or sell a home. For more information contact our helpline on 0800 740 8888.


Private Sewers

The following video gives a general overview of the sewer transfer:

In autumn last year, water and sewage companies in the UK became responsible for private sewers, which were formerly the sole responsibility of property owners.

This meant the ownership and maintenance of private sewers was transferred, bringing peace of mind and clarity regarding ownership.

Not all private pipes were included though. There are certain cases where property owners remain responsible for the sections of pipe between the buildings and the transferred private sewer or lateral drain.

Due to the way the sewers and drains are connected, the way you’re affected by the transfer depends on the type of property you currently reside in.

You are still responsible for any domestic plumbing and for the section of pipe leading to the newly transferred sewer.

If you experience a problem with a sewer pipe or drain, simply carry out the following steps as it’s important that you try and identify where the problem is:

  •  If you have a shared sewer, try asking your neighbours if they are experiencing problems.
  • If they aren’t, it’s more than likely that the problem is on your section of pipe or waste plumbing, meaning you will need to resolve it yourself.
  • If your neighbours do have a problem, it may be in a shared section of pipe.

Some properties are connected to a private pumping station before they connect onto the main sewer network.

It’s likely you will know this already if this is the case.

Examples of these situations include small housing developments, remote farms or small business parks.

The Government plans to transfer the ownership of these pumping stations to water companies on by October 2016.

Until this time, the owner(s) of the pumping station will continue to be responsible for its maintenance and repair.

For FAQ’S and the source of the above information see Thames Water: