Pre- Purchase Drain Surveys
If you are planning on buying a property in the near future, you may want to consider having a few things surveyed prior to completing the sale. Plumbing surveys, roof inspections, electrical testing and central heating tests are all fairly common, but one thing that is always overlooked is the pre-purchase drain survey.
If you are a first-time buyer you probably haven’t ever considered a pre-purchase drain survey, simply because it isn’t a requirement for everyday house buying surveys. Without pre-purchase drain surveys, problems that aren’t noticeable from visual inspection or from above ground can be missed, leaving you with unexpected costs for repairs once the house purchase goes through.
Equally, if you are purchasing a property on a buy to let basis, a drain survey will allow you to check to see if there are any existing problems, but also to keep a record for the future – this could be useful if a problem or dispute were to occur once your tenants have moved in.
More often than not, problems with drains are relatively simple, and the use of a drain rod will clear debris that may have built up. However, there are some problems that are slightly more difficult to fix, these include cracked drains and root damaged drains. Depending on the severity, these problems may require a drain excavation to be resolved.
These are all fixable problems, but often the most annoying part of any problem with a property, is the cost. For this reason, any problems should be made known to the buyer and reflected in the price being offered.
Drain surveys do not take long, and here at Jet Force, we use non-invasive techniques involving passing a CCTV drain camera into the drainage system to identify signs of damage such as cracks, soil ingress, and debris build up.