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Increasingly home buyer drains surveys or pre-purchase drain surveys are being used to assess pipework condition on the recommendation of building surveyors, mortgage lenders or insurance companies. This offers piece of mind before exchanging contracts and can be on behalf of either the vendor or the purchaser. Purchasing a home is the single biggest purchase most of us will ever make therefore it makes sense to ensure you know it’s structurally sound. 40% of subsidence claims are due to leaking drains.
Knowing the location of the drains and its general condition will certainly rule out any nasty surprises later on. Due to recent legislation the rules have changed on who is responsible for which drains / sewers, information of this available on the local water authority websites.
Our experienced engineers are NADC registered and fully trained, providing a professional friendly service and are available to advise and talk you through the process. We will provide a comprehensive report after completing the survey along with easy to follow findings highlighting any issues requiring attention / remedial action.
The home buyer survey is also an opportunity to ensure that all the drains are connected up properly. In the past people have connected into the nearest available drain not knowing the difference between a surface (rainwater) and foul water system.
Root ingress can cause blockages and structural damage within the drainage system, many properties with established trees / hedges are potentially at risk. A home buyer survey flags these issues before you purchase the property. For this reason most surveyors would recommend undertaking a house pre-purchase survey if the drains are in fairly close proximity to any trees, shrubs or hedges.