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CCTV Drain Surveys
Cameras are everywhere in modern Britain. We have cameras on our phones, cameras on our computers, cameras at our traffic lights and beside our roads, as well as the most intricate CCTV network in the world watching over us as soon as we step outside. Some are handy and some are hated, but there can be no denying the benefits such rapid advancements in technology have brought us. One such beneficial development, often overlooked, is the dramatic improvement camera innovation has delivered to the world of drainage charting and mapping.
Though you may not know it, it is more than likely that you (as well as almost every other person in the UK) have already benefited from CCTV Drain Surveys to one extent or another. Being able to see inside the drains allows us to determine the exact location of problems, before any costly and disruptive excavations need to be carried out. The development of No-Dig repair techniques (in tandem with our new inspection advances) mean that in some cases digging can be avoided all together, reducing costs to utility providers, insurers, contractors and the general public.
Initially, Drain Cameras were employed only on problematic systems to discover the cause of a particular blockage. Today, CCTV Drain Surveys can be used for a variety of different results. Using a condition report produced by charting and mapping larger systems can be advantageous for the preparation of repair and maintenance schemes. In terms of business developments, including for new-build projects like retail parks, housing estates and schools, a full survey of the sites drainage may be required before the properties are handed over to your clients. Shared systems beneath new estates will also probably need to be inspected before the local water undertakers (infrastructure companies) will accept them as a rateable system.
There are a number of reasons why drains might fall into disrepair. Fine roots might find their way into the system to cause blockage, pipes may have been misaligned, or any other number of unlikely reasons. But one of the most common causes of damage is (of course) us; the water consuming public. More often than not though, it's not really our fault in the strictest sense. For instance, you might move into a house formerly occupied by an elderly couple, but you bring with you your spouse and three kids. Needless to say, your water consumption will be greatly increased. Any problems that lay undetected during the reduced usage of the former occupants, suddenly become an awful lot worse! A simple and cost effective way to avoid this, is to undertake a CCTV drain survey in London, or wherever you may live.
It is becoming increasingly common for mortgage lenders to insist upon a drain camera inspection to assess the probability of any future repair claims, not just for possible drainage issues but also potential subsidence risks. Subsidence can prove extremely expensive to repair, and though not always attributable to damaged drains, a drainage survey could reveal your problem without forcing you to incur the costs and inconvenience of prolonged exploratory excavation. If you are purchasing a house, you may wish to consider investing in a Home-buyers Drain Inspection Survey. For a minimal outlay, your inspection report could potentially save you a fortune in repair costs and considerable inconvenience further down the line.