What does a drainage survey entail?

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A drainage survey is a way of finding out everything you need to know about your drains. There are many reasons as to why a drainage survey may be needed and it is often a wise precautionary measure to take when buying a property. Always make sure a drainage survey is carried out by a professional.

Why might I need a drainage survey?

Perhaps the main reason for undertaking a drainage survey is to investigate existing sewer and drain problems, such as poor flow or pollution. They can also be used to identify blockages, structural problems or cracks in pipes. A drainage survey is not undertaken as part of a typical HomeBuyer’s Survey carried out when buying a property and so you may wish to have one done before completing a property purchase.

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According to Which?  around 37% of homebuyers find significant problems after moving into their new property. A drainage survey can also be useful for identifying the location of underground networks.

How is a drainage survey carried out?

Most experts will use CCTV to explore your drainage system, as this is usually the most efficient and effective way to pinpoint problems. Imagine, for example, that you are searching for CCTV drainage surveys Alcester. An expert drainage surveyor, such as www.wilkinson-env.co.uk/drainage-services-cctv-surveys-midlands/cctv-drain-surveys/cctv-drain-surveys-alcester/, will usually use a selection of camera types (including motorised remote crawlers or push rod cameras) to explore the drainage network, using a live feed or other software to investigate. Any problems highlighted are explored further, with many even using special technology to draw up reports and maps detailing any issues. You can then identify the solutions needed to resolve any problems in your drainage system.

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What is a WinCan report?

Many of the most trusted drainage surveyors use WinCan, a pipe inspection software solution that was first introduced more than 30 years ago. WinCan can be used to pinpoint areas of concern, make forecasts and analyse data. It can be used as part of a Build Over Survey, HomeBuyer Drain Survey or Pre Tenancy Home Survey.

A CCTV drainage survey will allow you to know exactly what is happening in the drainage networks around your property. It can be used to solve an ongoing issue, or highlight a future issue which could end up costing you money. A CCTV exploration of your drains means you can get answers without the upheaval and disruption of digging.

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