Buying a house is the single most-expensive purchase you’ll probably ever make. It can be a very stressful time and the last thing you want is any unexpected and unwanted surprises.
Having a pre-purchase survey, carried out by a fully qualified Wincan certified drain technician, can find any nasty and costly surprises within the drainage system of your intended home. For peace of mind, it is recommended having a home buyer’s drain survey carried out before committing to the purchase.
Prices start from as little as £139.00 plus vat, and you will receive a full detailed report with a DVD featuring video evidence of any problems encountered.
Here at Drain 365, we offer a comprehensive home buyer’s drain survey in London and Hertfordshire for home buyers and existing home-owners.
All of our surveys are carried out using our crawler cams. Utilising the latest technology, the crawler cam device allows our drainage engineers to investigate any potential issues with the drainage, highlighting even the most minor of problems which may be small but could develop into a much bigger problem if left unattended.
We have listed some reasons why you should carry out a home buyer’s drain survey before buying a home:
- Overall Condition of the drainage system both Reporting & Analysis
- Mis-connections identification and reporting
- Ownership of the drainage system – private or water company owned
- Drainage system mapping – in-depth and detailed drawing that show the routes of your drainage system and where it leads.
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Are Home Buyer’s Drain Surveys Required?
Your mortgage provider may well request a drain survey report before they lend you any money to buy a property. Insurance companies may also request a drain survey to be carried out on the property, particularly if it is a period property or one built on land that is prone to flooding. Home Buyer’s Drain Survey reports will usually satisfy parties that require information about your drainage system such as solicitors.
First time property buyers don’t always know that a drain survey will provide all the relevant information and save the buyer time and money in the long run. Therefore it is recommended that all home buyers request a home buyer’s drain survey to be sure that the home they intend to purchase has a drainage system that is working efficiently without any current or developing problems. In the case that problems are discovered within the drainage system, they can then be addressed by the seller or used as leverage by the home buyer to renegotiate the selling price.
Who’s Responsible For My Drains?
If the water company owns the drainage system surrounding your home, they will be prompted to resolve the problem before it causes the home owner any issues.
Drainage on your land is usually your responsibility so it is paramount you keep your drains cleared and maintained to ensure correct operation of your drainage system and to avoid any costly problems later on.
RICS buildings surveyors cannot carry out an in-depth survey to the main parts of the drainage systems structure so buyers are often unaware of the issues their potential new home could have beneath the surface. This is why a Home Buyer’s CCTV Drain Survey is always recommended so that the drains can be properly assessed before any money is exchanged on a property.
A growing number of insurance companies are now asking for a home buyers report as they are not aware of the true overall condition any homes drainage system.
How Long Does a CCTV Drain Survey Take?
The length of time taken to conduct a CCTV drain survey on a home can vary. It typically depends on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and washing rooms the house contained; the more drains your home has will increase the time required to survey the entire system.
Typically, a drain survey should take around two hours for a standard 2 bedroom house, providing the drain probe or crawler cam can travel around the system with no issues.
If there’s any issues with the camera being manoeuvred around the drain system, our drainage engineer may need to use high pressure water jetting to push the debris out of the way making it free for the camera probe to continue its journey of mapping your drainage system.
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