Water is a precious resource which many of us in the western world take for granted, but the truth is that we need to reduce the volume of water we use for the sake of our planet. The water we waste has to be cleaned, which requires a lot of energy, as does heating the water before it comes out of our taps.
While many people are trying to reduce their water use on a day to day basis, they may be unaware that they are still wasting water as a result of blocked or broken pipes in your drainage system. If you are concerned about water wastage due to the condition of your drainage system, you may want to arrange a CCTV drainage survey.
What is a CCTV Drain Survey?
A closed-circuit television (CCTV) drain survey involves inserting a camera into the pipes of your drainage system to check for blockages and/or damage. The cameras travel through the system looking for blockages, leaks, cracks or anything which could be wasting water, leading to flooding or causing other problems for you.
The survey is quick and simple but produces a detailed report including pictures and DVD footage for you to review and see the problems for yourself.
Do You Need It?
Many people who are about to purchase a property choose to have a CCTV drain survey carried out before the purchase becomes final. If you buy a home which then turns out to have serious drainage issues, you will be facing a high repair bill at a time when you are already facing a lot of expense. If problems are detected early, you may be able to negotiate on the price of the property or will at least be able to start saving for the repair work.
Even if, as a homeowner, you don’t believe there are issues in your drainage, it is still good practice to arrange a regular inspection. This will identify small problems before they worsen and cause damage which could save you a lot of money on expensive repairs.
A CCTV drain survey can give you real peace of mind that you are not wasting water and that the system is in good working order. If you think your home (or future home) requires a drain survey, book a CCTV drain survey; it could save you a lot of time, hassle and money.
Drainage Problems: What are the Risks?
Problems in your drainage system can lead to serious damage from broken or cracked pipes, displaced or open joints, debris, leaks or tree roots intruding on the pipes themselves. Blockages, in particular, can cause leaks and cracks as pressure builds up behind them and this will waste a lot of water. In addition, a build-up of wastewater may start to release an unpleasant smell around your home. To prevent issues in your drainage system from causing problems, it’s highly recommended that you have your drains surveyed regularly with a CCTV drain survey.
When the survey is complete, the company carrying out the investigation will usually provide you with a quote to repair the issues so you can stop wasting water as soon as possible.
Other Benefits of a CCTV Drain Survey
When you have issues with your drainage system, you could be not only wasting water or experiencing flooding or a polluted system, so the quicker you take action, the better. A CCTV drain survey is the most efficient way to identify the problem and get it sorted as soon as possible.
CCTV drain surveys do not require major excavation or digging as the cameras are remotely controlled by the expert team carrying out the survey. The issues can be diagnosed based on the CCTV footage because of the high-quality footage which the camera delivers.