Home buyers’ drain surveys

Don’t get caught out by hidden drainage problems when buying a new home. A simple survey of the drainage system of the property can rule out a wide range of issues that may cause problems in the future.

A CCTV survey will pinpoint any problems with the drains, gullies and sewers serving the property.

Many people have never looked under a manhole cover and are not sure what to look for if they do. Some obvious signs that you should get the drains checked include:

·      Unpleasant smells
·      Water or sewage backing up in the inspection chambers
·      Water rising in the toilet when flushed
·      Kitchen and bathroom sinks slow to drain
·      Large trees on the property

Even without any of these signs it’s a good idea to check the overall condition of the drainage system. Root incursion, cracked or damaged pipes and blockages can be identified before they create major difficulties.

Nobody wants to find backed-up sewage flooding into their home or garden. While this is a worst-case scenario, it can happen. Other severe outcomes include damage to the fabric of the building through flood damage or subsidence.

In addition, a CCTV survey will also identify any misconnections and map the exact layout of the system.

Wastewater from the following household sources should flow into foul (wastewater) sewers, where the flow is taken to a treatment works before being safely returned to the environment:

·      Washing machines
·      Sinks
·      Dishwashers
·      Toilets
·      Baths
·      Showers

Clean rainwater that has run off from roofs, driveways and pavements is taken to rivers and the sea by surface water sewers.

If a misconnection means your plumbing is draining into a surface water sewer, the wastewater will pollute local water courses. If the clean water drains are misconnected, they can overload the foul sewer and lead to flooding.

Our survey teams can also advise you which parts of the drainage system are your responsibility and which belong to your utilities provider.

If your new property has been extended and there is no visible manhole, it’s possible that it has been illegally built over a sewer. This can be an expensive and time consuming issue to address once you become the legal owner of a property.

If your new home isn’t on mains drainage, we can check the condition of all types of septic tanks, cesspools and sewage treatment plants. We’ll advise on whether any repairs are needed and how regularly your plant will require emptying and servicing.

MTS home buyers’ drain surveys are available in Kent, Surrey and Sussex at competitive rates.

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