For many people, CCTV drain surveys are synonymous with uncovering drainage issues and subsequent drain repairs, such as drain lining. They are also a key tool in clearing blocked drains. However, if you’re planning on buying a new house in the near future, it’s highly likely that a drain inspection will play a role in the purchasing process. If this service isn’t on your radar yet, we strongly advise adding it to your list.
At BP Drains Ltd, we cover all non-urgent and emergency drainage needs in Broadstairs and the wider Kent area.
As a time-served team of professionals, we understand the importance of taking a proactive approach to maintaining a drainage system. While this is true for all homeowners, it’s even more so if you’re buying a new property.
Below, we have listed 3 reasons why you should make a CCTV drain survey part of your house-buying process.
Why Have a Pre-Purchase Drain Survey?
Prevent Expensive Bills
When you buy a house, be it in Broadstairs or any other location, you take full ownership of it. This includes inheriting any problems lingering beneath the surface in the drainage system. If anything goes wrong, the responsibility for covering the cost of the drain repairs lies with you.
From drain lining to replacing collapsed pipes, the expense involved in drainage repair work varies. However, if you take on a new mortgage, and a significant emergency drainage situation arises soon after, you could find yourself with an unexpected cash shortfall.
Conducting a pre-purchase CCTV drain survey identifies underlying problems before you sign-off on the property. Of course, the results could also show a minor issue, like partially blocked drains, or even confirm that everything is fine.
Should it be the former, however, BP Drains Ltd can make you aware of any immediate concerns that will develop into much bigger problems further down the line. Regardless, we can outline what kind of drain repairs you will be looking at and when.
If you’re already thinking about making an offer on a house in the Broadstairs area, you’re likely already in love with it. But it’s important that your eagerness doesn’t result in cutting corners or making compromises.
The results of a CCTV drain survey can help you to negotiate a better price for a property with defects and faults in the drainage system.
Generally speaking, a drain inspection that returns problems means the current owner has two options:
In 2011, the UK drain laws changed. To this day, many homeowners in Broadstairs and across the country still aren’t 100% sure about the ownership of their drainage system. It’s important to know what parts of the pipework fall under your ownership and what belongs to the water/sewerage company.
Of course, you don’t want to pay to resolve an emergency drainage situation on part of a system that lies outside of your ownership lines. When this does happen, the cost for all works, be it clearing blocked drains, drain lining or anything else, falls with the relevant company, not you.
A CCTV drain survey outlines exactly where responsibility lies, and where it ends. With this information, you’ll never pay for work that you don’t have to.
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