House price inflation continues its seemingly unstoppable rise, according to figures for the year to April 2017. This despite reports from mortgage lenders that the market was slowing down.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that the average house price in the UK increased by 5.6% in the year to April – a six month high.
Property is a serious investment, whether that’s the reason you’re buying it or not. But if you’re considering buying, or if you need to sell, how do you ensure that you’re maintaining that value?
A CCTV drain survey is one way of protecting your property investment and these are becoming increasingly commonplace for home buyers.
Not Just About Buildings
Whereas a structural survey will tell you about the condition of your property, whether buying or selling, it won’t look at the infrastructure serving the property, in particular the drains.
Why are drains important? Having a drain in a poor condition can indicate problems later on, such as leaks and blockages.
Moreover, there can be hidden dangers with damaged drains. A collapsed drain, for example, may not be obvious, but it could be leaking water into the surrounding ground which will then undermine the foundations of the property.
To help prevent issues like subsidence, therefore, a CCTV drain survey can play an essential role.
What is Involved?
A CCTV drain survey involves us sending a camera down your drains to view and record the internal state of the drainage network.
This gives us the information to help us compile a comprehensive report on the condition of your drains, including the CCTV footage we’ve taken on a DVD.
A drain survey will reveal the structural condition of your drains and allow us to conduct a full analysis.
If there are misconnections, the survey will reveal them. We can also detect rat infestation from the survey information.
Normal surveyors typically do not have the necessary specialist equipment to carry out a thorough drain survey, but many mortgage lenders and insurers now require a drainage survey.
Ideally, you should arrange your CCTV drain survey well in advance of exchange of contract.
If you want to protect your property, contact Drainage Consultants today to arrange a CCTV drain survey.