Home Buyers Pre Purchase Drain Survey

Identify Drainage Issues Before You Purchase

Buyers are often in the dark about the condition of drains which are often ‘out of sight, out of mind’. When purchasing a property, a ‘Home Buyers Pre Purchase Drain Survey’ can help identify existing drainage issues that could cause serious problems further down the line.

Buying a house is one of the biggest investments most people will make in their lifetime. Yet carrying out a drain survey is often overlooked by many purchasers.   A home buyer’s drain survey can potentially save you huge costs in the long run as it covers things a standard survey won’t find. Some mortgage lenders or home insurance companies may even request a drain survey as a condition of an offer.

A CCTV survey reduces the need to excavate a drainage system and is an efficient way to locate and identify both simple and complex drainage problems that could develop into major issues in the future. The survey report will detail cracked, leaky or faulty drains, root ingress and scale build up, providing the buyer the opportunity to make a fully-informed decision before exchanging contracts.

WHAT IS A PRE PURCHASE DRAIN SURVEY?

A drain survey is used during the purchase process to give the potential buyer a comprehensive view of the drainage system including the drain condition and effectiveness. If there is damage or potential issues that could be costly to resolve, the survey will alert the buyer and detail the findings.

Just like a home buyers survey, a pre-purchase drain survey is designed to assess the condition of the drains prior to a property purchase. However, most RICS building surveyors are not equipped to carry out CCTV drain surveys and may only offer a visual inspection of accessible areas.

Our engineers conduct a thorough investigation of the property’s drains using specialist CCTV cameras that can access hard-to-reach areas of a drainage system.  Our experienced engineers identify potential issues and provide a detailed report to summarise their findings.  The report can include recommendations for any remedial works which may be required and can be used during the purchase process to negotiate the offer price.

Blocked Drains drain survey

TYPES OF HOME BUYERS DRAIN SURVEYS

FULL CCTV DRAIN SURVEY

For property vendors, a professional drainage survey can help to speed up the sales process by providing potential buyers with a full drainage survey report and an optional ‘Certificate Of Inspection’.

For purchasers, a CCTV drain survey report provides extensive information on the health of the drains of the property, identifying major issues that need immediate attention and highlighting minor issues that could develop into serious problems in the future. A full report can help the buyer negotiate the purchase price with the view that the repair work can be carried out by the new owner.

DRAIN MAPPING

If you are planning to build on a new plot Alton Pump Services provide drain mapping services.

A drain mapping survey will identify which parts of the drainage system are your responsibility and which are the responsibility of the utility provider.

BUILD OVER SURVEYS FOR EXTENSIONS

Build over surveys assist your architect and builder with planning the location of works for new builds or extensions. Your local water authority may need to be informed of the location, measurements and condition of all drainage within 3m of the build area.

HOW MUCH DOES A HOME BUYERS DRAIN SURVEY COST?

Pre Purchase drain surveys are considered to be one of the most valuable parts of the home buying surveying process. Drainage issues can result in subsidence and major structural defects in buildings. If detected prior to purchase, drainage problems can be addressed and corrected, saving the purchaser costly repairs in the future. Alternatively, an agreement can be made to cover the cost of drain repair via a reduction in the purchase price.

The cost of a pre-purchase drain survey depends on a number of factors:

  • Size of property
  • Location of property
  • Condition and accessibility of drainage system
  • Length of drain and diameter of pipes
  • Type of survey (full survey with the report, stills/footage, certificate of drain inspection)

WHAT CAN A HOME BUYERS DRAIN SURVEY IDENTIFY?

  • Blockages
  • Leaks
  • Root Ingress
  • Corrosion
  • Collapsed Drains
  • Rodent Infestation
  • Scale Build Up
  • Cracked Drains
  • Drainage System Ownership
  • Mis-connection
  • Wear & Tear
  • Structural Condition

Areas We Cover

At Alton Pump Services we pride ourselves on delivering professional, reliable, and expert services to all our clients throughout Hampshire, Surrey, London and the South Coast.  Book a home buyers pre purchase drain survey today to give you peace of mind before proceeding with your house purchase.

WHY CHOOSE ALTON PUMP SERVICES?

EXPERIENCED ENGINEERS

Our knowledge and experience is second to none. We have the skills and training to resolve even the most challenging issues.

REPUTATION FOR QUALITY

All our work is carried out to the highest standards – this keeps our customers happy and returning to us year after year.

24/7 CALL OUT

Problems occur when you least expect it. Our engineers are on hand 24/7 to assist.

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