We know all about CCTV being used for security purposes. It has a clear purpose in protecting property, and people, from criminal activity, and in gathering and recording data to help keep people, businesses and homes secure. What you might not realise is that a CCTV drain survey has its own role to play in protecting your assets.

Where’s Your Wealth Invested?

For many people the answer is: property. You may not have bought your property principally as an investment, but regardless, with the UK’s current chronic property shortage and rising prices, your home is very likely to increase in value at a considerable rate.

It stands to reason then that you should be making sure your home is maintained. Most of us like a comfortable, clean space to live in, but what about your utilities such as heating, water supply, and drainage? These are essential aspects of modern life that only get our attention when something isn’t right with them.

Protecting Your Home

It doesn’t have to mean an all-out crisis for there to be something wrong with your drains. You may have noticed that your water isn’t draining away as efficiently, or that there’s a lingering bad smell in the air. The fact is, anything indicating something wrong with your drains really should be investigated, because it won’t resolve itself. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get.

If, for example, you had a collapsed drain, this might not be evident from how your water drains away, but it could be leaking steadily into the ground, ultimately affecting your home’s foundations.

When It’s Time to Move On

The CCTV drain survey is becoming an essential component in the buying and selling of property. Increasingly, surveyors advise their clients to have a drain survey completed.

Mortgage lenders and insurance companies may request a drain survey before releasing funds. The survey will accurately pinpoint any drainage defects, including structural deterioration, mis-connections, and locations of manholes
and inspection chambers. It can also detect if there is rat infestation within a drainage system.

Knowledge Helps, Action Protects

The news about your drains may not be what you want to hear, but it’s always best to know, because then the right remedial or preventative action can
be taken.

Drainage Consultants provides a full range of drainage services, including CCTV drain surveys. We’re here to protect what you own.

Don’t make assumptions: if you’re moving into a new property you need to ensure that it’s properly connected to a public sewer. Clearly, when it comes to moving into your new home, you want to have all your utilities connected and working and public sewer connections are an essential part of this. The onus is on you to ensure that there is a connection from your property’s boundary to the public sewer.

If this is a direct connection, you will need to pay the cost of providing the connection and as the property owner, you’ll have the responsibility for the pipework from the demarcation chamber into your property. In order to have this work carried out you must first apply to your local utilities provider. This has to be a formal application so that the utilities provider can protect the public sewerage system by monitoring and approving any work that may affect it.

However, the choice remains yours when it comes to getting the work done. If you choose to find your own contractor this will give you more control over when the work take place, and how much you pay for it. The key thing is to use a contractor with the right professional experience and credentials, and who will provide the correct documentation on completion of the connection works.

What you want is for this to take place as seamlessly as possible, with the minimum of disruption to your home and with nothing left for you to worry about.

Which is exactly the kind of service we offer at Drainage Consultants. We understand that it’s your home, your property and your concern that nothing is left to chance and that we can complete all the necessary certification for you so that your work meets the standards of the Water Authority when it comes to inspecting the completed work.

It’s not always easy ticking the things off your to-do list when you move house, but we’re here to make at least some of it that much easier.

We use drain tracing to investigate and diagnose some drainage problems, particularly if access is going to be a problem and we need to avoid disruption to essential pipework or utilities. Often we encounter damage because the drain has collapsed.

What are the main causes of collapsed drains? This can occur due to changes over time rather than a single, catastrophic event. Ground movement can lead to pipes misaligning and eventually breaking. Drains on properties may be closer to the surface than main public sewers, which makes them more susceptible to the effects of surface shifts or instability in the ground.

Another cause of collapsed drains are tree roots. In these situations the roots enter the drain system through pipe joints, or through cracks in the drain that have appeared over a long period of time. The problem is that the condensation on pipes, or even leaking moisture, attracts tree roots. They can also find their way to drainpipes via excavation trenches originally dug to lay pipework in the first place. Properties located near to trees, or with trees inside their boundary, are more susceptible to this kind of damage.

What are the signs that you might have a collapsed drain? You might see ground depressions or unexpected and inexplicable damp patches on your driveway or in your garden. You may not notice anything different in how your water drains away because the fault is further along from your house. However, a collapsed drain unattended can have serious consequences.

Water leaking from a damaged drain washes away the surrounding soil, which can then undermine building foundations. Subsidence is a serious problem, which can cost a lot in money, time and effort to put right.

Sonar drain tracing is a key technique in spotting and analysing drain damage. We use professional drain tracing equipment to give us a clear picture of your drain network and any faults or deterioration. We can then use this
to fix issues or take preventative action to ensure you don’t suffer from a collapsed drain.

If you have any doubts or concerns over your drains, don’t hesitate and call Drainage Consultants today.