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Why Home Buyers should get a CCTV Survey

If you’re on the lookout for a new home to buy, it’s unlikely that the quality of the drains has even crossed your mind. However, drains that function properly and efficiently is essential for maintaining a safe and healthy home.

Common Drain Issues

New homeowners often come across a range of common drainage issues including cracks, leaks, blockages, tree root intrusions and collapses. Whilst these problems aren’t always visible upon the first inspection of a home, they can cause massive issues once a homebuyer has settled.

Why a CCTV Survey?

CCTV surveys involve inserting a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) into a drain to allow for an easy view of any damage. A CCTV survey allows for the camera to pick up exactly where any issues are, and work can then discreetly target it rather than work around it and cause massive disruption to the surrounding area.

CCTV surveys do not take long to complete. If any blockages are found during the survey, they can usually be removed on the same day, saving time and money for the homeowner. CCTV surveys can also uncover many other potential drainage hazards including cracked pipes, joint deformations, compromised water flow and collapsed pipes. These issues will require further visits to fix.

CCTV drain surveys are non-invasive and will not cause more damage to your drains and pipes.

Advantages of a CCTV Survey

CCTV drain surveys come with a number of benefits. If you are hoping to make an insurance claim on any issues, the evidence found from a CCTV survey will be requested, saving you a lot of time and stress. CCTV drain surveys also locate the exact spot any damage is found, which makes the entire process much quicker, easier and helps to ensure no further damage is created nearby.

Obtaining a CCTV survey before you have purchased a home means that any problems found before you have moved in can be covered by an existing homeowner’s insurance. If a CCTV drain survey picks up too many problems that you are unwilling to deal with or pay for, you can simply pull out of the home purchase, saving you a lot of time, money and stress after you have moved in!

Just as you would book a homebuyer’s building survey, we think it’s important to check the health of your drains with a CCTV drain survey, too. For more information on our CCTV drain inspections and surveys, you can contact the We Love Drains team today via our contact page, or by giving us a call on 0800 849 8099.