A drainage engineer carrying out a drain inspection on a domestic property.

When drainage problems arise, it can be difficult to identify what the actual cause is without the right tools or knowledge. That’s when it’s very useful to have a CCTV drain survey. This inspection method gives you an excellent way to find issues that may be inside the pipes. A drain survey uses a CCTV drain camera to view the interior conditions of your drains, and by visually inspecting the interior of your pipes, we can identify any blockages, cracks, leaks, fractures, and other defects.

CCTV drain surveys can also be useful if you’re planning any building work or renovations, as they can alert you to any pipe defects that will cause problems during the building works. By planning in advance and completing a CCTV drain survey before starting any major works, it can save you significant amounts of money, time, and hassle later on.

If you’re after more details about how much a CCTV drain survey costs, read below for our comprehensive guide.

The Average CCTV Drain Survey Costs

At Drain 247, our CCTV drain surveys are handled by expert drain engineers who have many years of experience in inspecting and finding blockages or defects in your drains. When we carry out drain surveys, we don’t just inspect your drains for damages, but we’ll also provide a detailed report on the current conditions of your drains. Our engineers will also provide their recommendations for remedial actions and costings.

Below are the estimated and average costs for a drain survey.

Pricing RangeBasic Drain Survey
Full Drain Survey
(CCTV + Report)
Full Drain Survey
(Large Property)

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CCTV Drain Survey – What is It?

CCTV Drain Surveys enable us to inspect drainage systems in greater detail and accuracy than traditional methods. By using CCTV technology, our engineers can visualise the interior of the drain pipes and thoroughly inspect the drains. These CCTV cameras are operated by experienced engineers and they are fed down access points, such as manholes. Once the camera is in place, the engineer can move the camera around and see a live feed of the interior on a monitor screen. This gives you a better and quicker way of inspecting your drains as this method doesn’t require any excavation.

If you’re thinking about buying a new house, make sure you don’t take on hidden drainage problems. A drain survey helps you find the real conditions of the pipework so that you can find out all the vital information about the current conditions of the drains. If they’re not up to standards, you can inform the property seller in order to negotiate a better deal.

CCTV Drain Survey – The Costs

The cost of a CCTV drain survey does heavily depend on the size of the property and whether you choose to go for a full survey or a basic survey. 

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The main factors that will influence the price include:

  • How big the property is
  • How complex and intricate the drainage system is
  • What the severity of the problem is and how many blockages are present
  • The location of the property
  • The type of survey that you choose

The Factors That Affect CCTV Drain Survey Costs

Drain Length

Depending on the size of your property, more pipework may be required to cover the full space. At Drain 247 our charges are calculated on an hourly basis and a survey within a larger property is likely to take longer. Generally, inspecting longer drain pipes will usually cost more.

Property Type

At Drain 247, we fully understand that each and every property is different. In some instances, due to limited space, or certain underground structures, the pipework may be more complex which can make it difficult to navigate. Some larger properties also make use of wider drainage pipes which will require a larger camera to correctly map. Both of these factors may mean that you’ll see an increase in the price of a CCTV Drain Survey.

Drain Access

Not every drain is easy to get to and our team might end up needing to carry out some digging in order to create a safe access point. Depending on how much excavation is needed, this can become more expensive and is usually an additional cost to your drain survey.

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What Are The Different Types of Drainage Surveys?

Basic Survey

A simple and basic CCTV Drainage Survey is usually requested for either an annual or bi-annual inspection to make sure that everything is working as it should. Our engineers will carry out a series of checks and describe any issues; we will therefore, not be able to produce any reports, or show any CCTV footage.

Full Survey with Report

A comprehensive drainage service detailing any issues as well as pipe condition in a written report. With this package, you will usually receive a copy of the CCTV footage.

Typically, you can expect a full CCTV Drainage Survey to include:

  • A detailed report on current drain conditions
  • A comprehensive map of your drains
  • CCTV footage and photographs.

When Will I Need a CCTV Drainage Survey?

If you notice any of the following or are planning on undertaking some building projects on your property, you will need to request a drain survey:

  • If you are extending your property and need a detailed drain map
  • You need to reline a pipe and need to know it’s length and location
  • Your drains are having regular or recurring blockages
  • You believe you a broken or damaged pipe and need to know where the defect is located

What Are The Causes Of Drain Blockages?

If you notice any of the following or are planning on undertaking some building projects on your property, you will need to request a drain survey:

  • Waste build-up
  • A collapse in a section of pipe
  • Damage or cracks in the piping

Can I Do A CCTV Drain Survey Myself?

The short answer is no. In order to correctly and properly conduct a CCTV drain survey, you need to have the right equipment and expertise. Our team uses specialist surveying equipment and they have been fully trained on using them. Our engineer’s expertise means that they can highlight defects and issues in a drainage system that an untrained eye might not pick up on.

If you’re in need of a drainage survey, please get in touch with our team at Drain 247 today.

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How Do I Avoid Drain Blockages?

Many of the blocked drains we encounter at Drain 247 are due to foreign materials being flushed down the drain, such as food waste, grease, and oils. While they may not seem like they pose much of a threat in small amounts, they can quickly accumulate and cause a blockage. Below are some tips for helping you to avoid blockages and to keep your drains clear.

  • Do not flush non-biodegradable products. You should also avoid doing so with ‘flushable’ wipes. While the packaging might say that they are ‘flushable’, they actually take a very long time to degrade and increases the risks of you getting a blockage.
  • You should look for alternative ways to dispose of oils, grease, and fats as these can accumulate to cause a blockage. If you’re unsure of how to do so, you should contact your local water authority for advice.
  • A plug screen can prevent small debris and leftovers from falling into your drain.
  • Don’t keep using drain unblocker products to clear your blockages as these can actually cause damage to your drains with extended use.

Key Points About Drainage Surveys

  • You should never DYI a drainage survey.
  • Always get a drainage survey done before you purchase a property.
  • Make sure your drain service provider has relevant experience and accreditations.
  • Fill out ourget a quoteform to get a competitive quote.

Contact Drain 247 for a CCTV Drain Survey

At Drain 247, our CCTV Drain Survey services cover all types of properties in London and further afield. If you would like more information about your drainage system, our team of experts can help.

Call us on 0800 612 8038 or fill out our contact form here.