Do you need to cut down trees planted near your drains? Not necessarily!
The average house price in Gloucestershire in 2016 was £267,841, with detached properties selling for an average of £484,073. Based on those house values, a standard Home Buyers report or a Building Survey could range between £600 and £1,300. Already the cost of surveying and buying a home is on the expensive side, but it is so important to check the drains and our price for a CCTV survey starts at £180+VAT. You will receive a DVD of the footage we have captured in your drains and an extensive report detailing any problems spotted, along with recommendations on how to resolve any issues. Given that substantial work to repair drainage can run into the thousands, it is well worth finding out beforehand if this might be the case for your future property as you could possibly negotiate a reduction in the price of the purchase in light of this information.
What Might We Find?
There are a great many reasons why drains block or become damaged, and a CCTV survey can find them all.
Tree roots: Having a garden with trees for shade in the summer is a treat, but they are living plants and therefore have thirsty roots. Drains are a great source of underground water and roots are persistent. If they come across a displaced joint or a small crack that’s all it takes and they can weed their way inside where they will populate and grow, eventually creating a mass which causes blockages. In extreme cases this can break the pipe to the point where the only option going forward is to excavate and replace the pipework.
Illegal Connections: If your property was built after the 1920s it will have been installed with separate sewerage system. This ensures that plain rainwater (surface water) will head straight for local rivers, while the waste water (foul water) heads for a sewerage treatment plant. Any confusion with regarding this drainage can cause pollution in our wild water sources, which is clearly bad for the environment. More importantly the responsibility of making certain that the connections are correct and legal falls to the current owner, even if the installation happened under the previous owners’ watch.
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New Build Properties: Drainage problems are not merely the forte of older buildings; it is not uncommon to find that recently built houses have some problems with their drains. As drainage must be installed while other building works are ongoing this can mean that building materials can find their way into the drains, which can often be time consuming and disruptive if an excavation has to be performed to remove any debris. The benefit of a New Build Home however is that some aspects of the drainage would be covered by a 5-10 year guarantee.
What Are the Benefits?
Remember: drainage can be out of sight, out of mind, but a Home Buyers Survey allows for peace of mind when buying or selling a property.
 House price data produced by the Land Registry via Rightmove and is correct as of April 13th 2017