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Carol Bryson MNAEA, Managing Director of JP Harll

When taking the significant step of buying a new home, it's crucial to ensure that you are making an informed decision. While estate agents provide valuable insights into the property you're interested in, some issues may remain unseen, particularly when it comes to drainage systems. To protect yourself against potential problems with blocked or faulty drainage systems, it's highly recommended to consider getting a drain survey before finalizing your purchase.

Drain surveys involve using state-of-the-art technology, such as CCTV cameras, to inspect the condition of the drains and detect any underlying issues. The importance of this step cannot be overstated, as it allows you to see what's hidden underground – a perspective that is not possible with a mere visual inspection of the property.

One of the key reasons for conducting a drain survey is to identify any existing blockages, leaks, or structural damage within the drainage system. Addressing such issues before buying the property can save you from potential headaches and costly repairs down the line. By having a comprehensive understanding of the state of the drainage system, you can negotiate with the estate agent based on the findings of the survey.

Furthermore, when opting for a drain survey, it's essential to choose a reputable company that is a member of The National Association of Drainage Contractors (NADC). NADC members adhere to high standards of professionalism and expertise, ensuring that the survey is conducted accurately and thoroughly. This affiliation provides you with added assurance regarding the quality of the survey and the credibility of the results.

In addition to detecting existing problems, a drain survey can also help in determining the overall condition of the drainage system and its longevity. By having this information at hand, you can assess the potential maintenance and repair costs associated with the property's drainage infrastructure. This proactive approach enables you to make an informed decision based on a comprehensive understanding of the property's hidden aspects.

In conclusion, getting a drain survey before buying your next home is a prudent investment that can offer peace of mind and financial security in the long run. By uncovering any underlying drainage issues and working with a reputable surveying company, you can protect yourself from unforeseen expenses and ensure a smooth transition into your new property. Remember, what you can't see underground can impact your homeowner's journey significantly, making a drain survey an indispensable part of your property buying process.

As you know, we only recommend companies that we have personal experience of dealing with and if you are interested in having a drains survey, please give us call on 01757 709955 and we can put you in touch with our drainage experts. They're local and they are members of NADC.