20 Nov. 16

What happens when you have a CCTV Drain Survey

What happens when you have a CCTV Drain Survey As most of us know all drains are usually underground and we don’t take much notice of them until something goes wrong with them and it is difficult to know what the problem is without a good dig up and a load of disruption.

Remember all underground drainage are essential to our way of life and certainly to our cleanliness. Nobody really takes any concern with what happens when they flush the toilet, emptying the bath or sink, or just having a simple shower or even when it pours down with heavy rain nobody expects to be flooded out of their homes.

Unfortunately, when the drainage pipework fails they cause people a complete misery; bad smell; and a lot of inconvenience, and scratching their head wondering what’s gone wrong the best course of action is to call in a professional to undertake a CCTV Drain Survey then at least you know what you are dealing with.

What do they do next?

You can call a CCTV Drain Survey Inspection company they will come equipped with a camera, which they can feed into the drainage pipework where the problem is. This may be a toilet, sink or outside at a drain cover where the water can be seen backing up.

The company’s engineer will feed a push-rod camera (which may be mains fed or battery operated) through the pipework (which is normally 100 to 150mm in diameter for domestic properties and larger pipes for the sewer) and will record the details and images to a portable camera unit, usually to the engineers vehicle or sometimes to a hand held display device.

By doing this, you and the CCTV Drain Survey company engineer will be able to see from the CCTV evidence what is causing the problem and will be able to determine the best course of action to take. Most companies will present you with a report of their findings so you can talk to experts and decide what to do next.

What could be the problem?

Often in older houses, pipes can become fractured, broken, or have large displaced joins. Older houses have pipes made from clay or sometimes cast-iron which becomes brittle and corroded over the years.

A change in temperature or pressure from the surface, for instance from a large vehicle driving across it, can cause these pipes to fracture and crack, as well as to start leaking into the surrounding areas making the drop.

Another concern is nature specially tree roots and shrubs, so if you have a tree or shrubs growing near your house or your pipe line you may have that you have roots in the drainage system because the rots could find their way through the open joints within the drainage pipe work because this is a very good source of water supply to trees and shrubs. It is worth checking your household policy because most insurance companies will cover for accidental damage.

Be aware that insurers might say that you have to use their approved contractors?

But that is not the case, if you want to instruct your own contractor your insurance policy provides financial compensation for costs incurred by you as a result of an insured peril.

If you own your property, then legally you can insist on using a particular approved contractor, but not your insurers.  Your insurers can impose a financial limit on repairs if their approved contractor could repair for a lower cost.

Many of the defects found in domestic drains are normally covered by the home owner’s bricks and mortar insurance policy, such as root growing from tree into the drainage pipework, damage that results to fractured or broken or collapsed pipes can be due to movement in the ground, from heavy vehicle driving over the ground above.

This is what you can find out what’s happening to your drainage system pipework by having a CCTV Drain Survey.

If you have any questions please contact us on our freephone number 0800 612 8038