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A Guide to Drain Surveying and Inspection One of the most neglected scrutiny that most home buyers ignore is drain surveying and inspection. Some surveyors who agree to inspect a home usually add disclaimer on areas which they cannot see not inspect properly like the home’s drain system. This makes it necessary to have a proper surveying on the home’s drainage system for potential home buyers. There has not been changes in legislation regarding rules on who is responsible for drains and sewer. Which is why it is not a bad idea that on the onset of buying a home, you will have a survey that will clearly show which, what and where the responsibility terminates and whose responsibility it belong to when it goes beyond your duty. Knowing the general condition of your drainage and sewage is important if you are buying a house because you might just be surprised one day to find out that the house has a sewage problem that needs major remedial work. Having a CCTV survey is not really just relevant for older properties either. New houses may have badly laid drainage especially if the drains have not been adopted by the local utility company. This means that the provision that the National House Building Council which guarantees most newly developed property with an underlying utility provision that runs from five to ten years will make it worth checking out too.
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Tree roots can easily go in the way of the drainage system of an older property and this will be a big problem for the new owners of that home. Since tree roots can easily find water, these can cause drainage blockage. And once a root finds its way into a pipe, tiny hair roots therein you have got a real problem on your hands. Surveys can greatly help in determining if there are problems like this that you drainage can encounter in the future so that you can be forewarned and will be able to take action so that this could be prevented before you even buy the property.
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Also, if that property has been subject to extremes of weather like droughts and floods, there is an increased risk of subsidence. This means that the land level is sinking and causing changes before it was anticipated. With a CCTV survey, it can tell if the drains have moved or caused fractures in the pipes. While making the survey, you should also check that all our drains are connected up properly. What can cause potential disconnection of the drainage are extensions, adding new appliances and DIY plumbing activities. Often we find washing machines discharging to the wrong sewer. This is the result of people not knowing the difference between surface water and water from the rain.