Buying a home is a massive commitment and is likely to be the single biggest financial decision in most people’s lives. It is a decision that you want to get right first time and not discover a myriad of underling issues that come to haunt you through bad planning.
Damage caused by age and tree roots can cause problems, creating blockages and causing water to leak into the surrounding soil. This can lead to further problems with drain collapse and subsidence.
It is much better that these defects are identified to property sale in order that they can be addressed.
- Vendor: If you are selling your property, you will want the sale to proceed in a timely manner and not be delayed by any unknown problems, such as damaged drains being discovered during purchaser survey. You will not want to have the purchaser negotiate sale price down to cover these repairs or be forced to repair these defects at your cost with little notice. In the worst case, the purchaser may even withdraw their offer.
- Purchaser: You require the peace of mind that your dream home is not going to reveal any unexpected problems, especially when these can be expensive and come at a time when you have pushed yourself financially and have little if anything left in reserve.
In modern times and with general tightening of insurance policy schedules, it will seldom be the case that your insurance company will pick up the tab in a new home if the problem is something that you inherited, especially in the absence of a survey. In fact, drain survey is something that mortgage lenders, surveyors and home insurance companies insist on for properties over a certain age or value.
Build over survey
These are carried out before and after building work.
Are you planning an extension? If you are looking for an extension or conservatory on your existing property, the local water authority is going to insist that you carry out a CCTV survey if you are building over or near their assets. This is to ensure that:
- There are no defects on the drains that will be concealed by the extension.
- That any defects are identified and repaired prior to or during building works.
- That building works do not cause any damage to the asset short or long term.
Large diameter surveys
Advance has a wide variety of the latest CCTV camera units. For the larger drains we survey these using crawler units which are able to give panoramic views of the drain condition.
Surveys are carried out to the latest 5th edition of the WRC Manual of Sewer Condition and Classification, which is the industry standard.
CCTV Survey Reports
In order to offer our clients the most transparent service, we can produce reports using traditional WINCAN reporting software or the iTouch system, which gives virtual real time reporting.
These surveys allow us to closely evaluate the problem and report back to our customers on the most effective solutions to the problem.