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Getting A Drain Survey – What Is Involved?


Posted on: December 11th, 2013

DRAINS! We don’t tend to think of them. It’s the place where your waste goes and we don’t want to know about that, as long as it gets where it’s got to go. The thing is (when there is a problem), like anything, the earlier you spot it the better. Since I started Hire at Scanprobe I always get asked the same question:-  I need to survey my drains, which drain camera would you recommend? And I always ask, is it for insurance purposes? The reason I ask this question is to do with the quality of drain survey you require. If you just wanted to check to see if there’s something obstructing the water flow, you can simply use our look-see supercam. This camera is a basic unit you can just pop down the pipe to quickly identify any major issues. Whereas for insurance purposes or for the sale/purchase of a house you will require more information.

 

The reason it’s a good idea to have a drain survey done is probably obvious, but it can tell you much more about the property than most realize. It can discover hidden man holes, which in some cases are inside the property especially if it’s had an extension. ItScanprobe Series 6 Drain Camera tells you where each pipe goes, what they are for and whether you will come across them if you’re fitting in foundations for a new extension. By looking for offset joints or cracks a drain survey can tell you if there’s been any subsidence to the property over the years and whether it’s still occurring. You can check for root ingress from nearby trees. Whether your pipes are running through to the neighbor or to the main sewer or even a cesspit. These are things I would definitely want to know before I purchased a property. Now using a look-see unit will tell you most of these things but the Scanprobe Series 6 is the unit 90% of people would use. The reason for this is down to the quality of the system. For instance:- the drain camera on the Scanprobe Series 6 is self levelling, which means the camera stays the right way up in the pipe giving you a much easier time determining where each branch enters. Also by knowing which is top and bottom you can determine whether an obstruction will effect the flow, as sometimes when the pipes are fitted, some of the adhesive can seep into the pipe causing obstruction, but if this is on the top of the pipe and not too big you could (in theory) leave it as it won’t effect the flow.

 

To survey pipes larger then 150mm I would recommend getting a company in to do it. Mainly because the cameras required, are a lot more complicated (our company can assist you on this). But for a domestic property, I don’t see why any competent person couldn’t hire our equipment and do it themselves.

 

Darren

Scanprobe Hire Dept. Tel. 0203 253 2001

 



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