CCTV Drain Survey – Understanding The Importance

In commercial buildings, it’s vital that you keep on top of your maintenance, and If you are currently dealing with problems in your building’s drains or if you’d just like to avoid one in the future, a drain or sewer survey is a fast and accurate way to get an instant look at the condition of your building’s drain. Drainage problems that are left unrepaired or unnoticed can cost literally hundreds of pounds to fix, and can cause immeasurable problems with staff and customers, especially when they start to smell. Having a CCTV drainage survey can determine both current and potential drainage issues that will save you money in the long run.


The best way to repair a problem is to catch it before it gets out of hand. This is easy when you’re dealing with elements of your commercial property that are in plain view. Pipes have an easily visible exterior, after that, everything is a mystery, as there’s no insight into any issues that could be happening within the drains. Your pipes are not only hidden in the walls, basements or crawlspaces, they’re also run below and well past your building’s structure, which is why most people are not aware of any drainage issues until the problem is large enough to noticeably affect the drainage, often with a pretty unpleasant smell to boot.

Drain blockages rarely happen overnight, and are usually down to problems that progress over time. A CCTV drainage survey can catch these blockages long before they get out of hand and become an extremely costly repair, both in terms of expense to fix and lost business as customers cannot use your facilities.

Problems related to blocked drains

A blocked drain can cause numerous problems to your commercial property as well as your staff and customers’ health. Usually considered a product of a structural problem or as a result of water resurgence issues, a blocked drain can easily and quickly turn into a nightmare for a commercial property owner, and the worse it gets the more money it will cost.

Health risks of standing drainage water

One of the most common issues that will arise from a blocked drain is contaminated water. Contaminated water that’s left standing, is a breeding ground for bacteria in the form of legionella, which will thrive in contaminated waters that lay still in a blocked drain.

Standing water in a blocked drain also needs very little time before it can begin to emanate an unpleasant or offensive odour, which can be extremely difficult to deal with, not to mention the various health issues this can cause for you, your staff and customers. Business owners can also be affected financially as a result of a foul smell related to standing water in drainpipes, as it will repel customers from the property.

Benefits of a CCTV drain survey

CCTV drainage surveys use closed circuit television technology to get a clear and precise view of the state of your drains. A plumber or drainage specialist will install a camera in the piping network and the images captured by the camera are then viewed on a large screen device to allow the plumber or specialist the opportunity to closely monitor the blocked area within your pipes. This will provide the plumber or drainage specialist with an in depth view of the situation, to help them to determine the most efficient solution for your drainage problems. You can request a CCTV drain survey from any good drainage company.

Get detailed knowledge on your new property’s drainage

Pre-sale commercial property inspections will give you only a general idea of your new building’s current or potential issues. Hiring a professional to conduct a CCTV drainage survey will give you a clear understanding of the state of the building’s drain pipes, which can be especially helpful for commercial property developers who are planning to add additional plumbing to the property and want to avoid any unexpected drainage issues during renovations.

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