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24th February 2020


What is a CCTV Drainage Survey?

Put simply, a CCTV drainage survey is a process for examining the condition of drainage systems beneath your property. This is done remotely with a camera system that records video footage and captures other useful data. It is an in-depth inspection of your drainage system, using high-tech CCTV cameras which are inserted into your drains via a long cable. These drainage cameras send a live feed back to us, letting our drainage engineer get a good view into your drains so we can identify (and later rectify) any issues that might be present.




Why might I need a CCTV Drainage Survey?

A CCTV survey/report is not always necessary if you are experiencing issues with your drainage. It's if your home is experiencing persistent blockages despite previous attempts to fix any issue, then it could be time to call in the experts for a closer look.

Pre-Purchase CCTV Drain Surveys

CCTV surveys are not only relevant when you are having on-going drainage issues. They are also especially important before buying a property. Unfortunately, many home buyers that find out drains are structurally defective once they’ve moved into a new property, leaving them in a position where it's too late to negotiate on the price of the purchase. This can result in you having to pay thousands of pounds to have the drain repaired, often with no insurance cover.

What is a Home Buyers CCTV Drain Survey?

Don’t let this happen to you; a home buyers CCTV drain survey can highlight potential problems, giving you the opportunity to negotiate on the property price, or pull out – either way, at least you are aware!

When Metro Rod Bedford carry out a CCTV survey, we use the latest technology and equipment to produce evidential reports with recorded images. We then give you a comprehensive quotation for any maintenance or repairs that may be required. Don't worry if you're not particularly technology minded - we are happy to provide hard, paper copies of all reports and also DVDs.

Remember - undertaking a CCTV drain survey is important before buying a property. Our report will highlight potential issues before you exchange contracts. This is why CCTV drainage surveys are normally recommended as a follow-up to homebuyers' general house surveys, as they can help to reveal a range of common problems within drains and pipes, including: fractured, cracked, leaky or defective pipes. evidence of blockages and backed-up sewage, (all of which we can rectify for you).

What Are The Three Most Common Causes of Drain Blockages?

When a drain blockage is discovered, it's usually the result of one of these:

  • A general build-up of waste, perhaps including sanitary waste or oils that shouldn't be in the drain.
  • A collapse of the drainpipe at a specific location.
  • A cracked drainpipe.

How Long Does it Take to Complete a Typical Drain CCTV Inspection?

In most cases, a typical blockage can be detected in less than 45 minutes. More complex problems will require a full survey and detailed report which depending on the complexity of any underlying issues can take several hours.


What to do if you Think you Need a CCTV Drain Survey?

If your sewers and drains have become clogged or damaged, and the issue reoccurs,  now is the time to call us. You can phone one of our experts and discuss things with no obligation.

If you choose to go ahead with Metro Rod, our office will then book in a time that suits you.

Following the CCTV survey, depending on any action required, we will supply you with a quote and timeframe to carry out the work.

Contact Us:

There are a number of ways you can contact us in the office:

Phone us on 01582 666543

Email us - [email protected]

We are on call 24/7 so should you find you have an emergency, you can call us on our FREEPHONE number - 0800 668800.

Remember - we're the experts in CCTV drainage surveys, so there's no need to look any further.

And if you're still not convinved - here's six more reasons why our customers choose Metro Rod Bedford time and time again...

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