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Drainage Survey FAQs - Why, When, and How Often?

By Coody3 | May 12, 2023
Drainage surveys FAQ

Drainage Survey Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What exactly is a drainage survey?

A drainage survey is a thorough examination of a property’s drainage system. This is normally done with the help of specialised CCTV equipment, which provides a thorough view of the pipes, drains, and other components of the system. It assists in the detection of any difficulties such as blockages, broken pipes, leaks, or other potential issues. The survey produces a report that describes the state of the drainage system.

Q2: Why are drainage surveys necessary?

A2: Drainage inspections are vital for keeping a building’s drainage system in good working order. They can help in finding problems before they become severe and create costly repairs. For example, if a little leak goes unnoticed, it might cause significant damage over time. Drainage surveys are also important when purchasing a new home to guarantee that the drainage system is in good working order and will not result in unforeseen charges.

Q3: How frequently should drainage surveys be performed?

A3: The frequency of drainage surveys is determined by a number of things, including the age of the structure, the state of the current drainage system, and any previous issues However, we must say, a drainage survey should be performed every five years. If you’ve recently experienced drainage problems, more up-to-date surveys may be needed.

Q4: What tools are used in drainage surveys?

A4: Drainage surveys are often carried out making use of sophisticated CCTV equipment. Push rod cameras for smaller drains and crawler cameras for bigger drains may be used. These cameras provide high-resolution photos and video recordings of the inside condition of the pipes, assisting working professionals in detecting any problems.

Q5: How long does it take to conduct a drainage survey?

A5: The amount of time for a drainage survey varies according to the size and level of complexity of the drainage system. A survey of a typical-sized commercial building, like a school or a domestic property, like your home can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Larger or more complicated systems may require more time.

Q6: What are the most typical difficulties discovered during drainage surveys?

A6: Drainage surveys can reveal a wide range of problems. Blockages, leaks, structural damage (such as pipe fractures or collapses), root incursion, pipe displacement, and corrosion are all common issues.

Q7: Can I do my own drainage survey?

A7: While checking for obvious symptoms of drainage difficulties is easy, a professional drainage survey requires the use of specialised equipment and knowledge to determine and analyse any concerns. As a result, hiring an expert to perform a complete and reliable survey is often suggested.

 

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Q8: What is the cost of a drainage survey?

A8: The cost of a drain survey varies depending on several criteria, including the size of the property, the intricacy of the drainage system, and the business performing the survey. A household drainage survey might cost anywhere between £100 and £400 on average. It’s advisable to request a quote from a local professional for accurate pricing.

Q9: Is a drainage survey, insurance covered?

A9: Insurance coverage for drainage surveys differs based on the policy and the cause for the survey. For example, if the survey is part of a routine service, it is less likely to be covered. However, if the survey is being conducted in response to a specific problem or damage, some of the costs may be compensated. For specifics, always check with your insurance provider.

Q10: What should I do if a drainage survey shows that there are issues?

A10: If a drainage survey reveals problems, the first step is to talk with the surveyor to check the severity and significance of the issue at hand. They will usually make recommendations for replacements as well as repairs that are required. It is then up to you to decide on the most suitable path to take based upon their recommendations, your budgetary financial position, and any other relevant criteria. If the problem is severe, it must be dealt with immediately to avoid further damage.

Remember that if the problem incorporates connected drainage systems that are shared or affect neighbouring homes, there may be extra steps to take. Always seek the advice of an expert to check that the proper actions are carried out.

 

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