CCTV Drain Surveys

COMMERCIAL & DOMESTICCCTV Drainage Surveys from £158.40*

Find the cause of your blocked drains and stop future problems. One of the issues with drains is that you cannot see what the problem is without expensive and disruptive digging. So what’s the solution? Argo-Drains can avoid this inconvenience by performing a CCTV drain survey.
Similarly if you are moving house and would like the drains surveyed pre-purchase we would be delighted to assist. Our survey reports are suitable as part of homebuyers reports and we are well known by local estate agents and surveyors.
CCTV Survey's
A drain CCTV survey will identify possible causes of regular blockages, such as grease, debris, tree roots, displaced joints, or structural damage. A drain CCTV survey is also useful to confirm that a blockage has been effectively cleared and all debris, including any secondary blockages, removed.
SITE DRAINAGE
Site drainage plans can be required for management of underground assets; to satisfy the requirements of an environmental accreditation process; or for contributing impermeable areas assessment on proposed development sites.
FLOODING
Flooding may be caused by inadequate drainage design, reduced capacity in a drainage system due to debris or structural defects, or simply blocked gulleys or channel drains. In some cases, a surcharging downstream sewer may be the culprit. The cause of flooding incidents can rarely be established without undertaking a drain CCTV survey
DRAIN ODOURS
Drain CCTV surveys can be used to determine the cause of internal or external smells. In addition to structural defects, these could originate from faulty seals in manhole covers or incorrect venting. Bad odours are a health hazard and can give off dangerous gasses and harbour harmful bacteria.

What is a CCTV Drain Survey?

A CCTV drainage survey is a way of assessing drainage systems using a high tech remote camera system which then records video footage and other useful data which can be used to diagnose drainage issues. It involves putting a camera down your drainage system to move along the drain and identify damage to it (as well as possible causes of it). By using a CCTV camera system we can diagnose these issues faster and any drain repairs can be done more efficiently.

Types of CCTV drainage camera systems

There are two main types of camera which can be used for your CCTV drain survey, a robotic crawler and a push CCTV drainage camera.

A robotic crawler CCTV camera is available in diameters ranging from 150mm to 2000mm. These cameras come fitted with LED lights that allow an operator to record HD-quality footage. The camera is controlled through a console which is stored in a specialist CCTV survey van. The camera is fitted on a rugged body, with an electric motor to turn the wheels and drive it through the pipe. The wheels can also be interchanged to take into account the various conditions within pipes. Robotic crawler CCTV systems can also come with other additional features, such as articulating arms and camera heads which can swivel and rotate, with lenses that can zoom, in order to film the inside of the pipe from a variety of distances and angles to ensure the problem is identified.

A push CCTV drainage camera is more often used when the pipe has a smaller diameter, is vertical, or the pipe could have bends in it which make it harder for a robotic crawler to be used. These cameras are fitted to a flexible rod at the end, which is stored on a small reel so the camera can be guided along the pipe by the operator, with a monitor installed above the reel to track its progress. These cameras are also fitted with LED lights in order to illuminate the inside of the pipe and pick up the causes of defects.

What type of issues can a CCTV drainage survey find?

A CCTV survey is a quick, non-invasive and cost effective way to detect drainage problems – whether it be an easy to solve case of blocked drains or a serious drain or pipe collapse.

Our CCTV drainage service will identify the following issues which you can then repair and put into a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) program which will keep your drains functioning for years to come:

  • Blockages
  • Scale Build Up
  • Signs of poor installation or displacement
  • Corrosion
  • Wear and Tear
  • Leaks
  • Displaced joints
  • Cracked and collapsed drains

Note: It can sometimes be necessary to clean the drains with jetter washing prior to a CCTV survey in order to clean the pipe which helps to identify if the pipes are cracked when they are scaled up.

CCTV Drain Survey cost

Our surveys start at £158.40 including site work for the first two hours, with each additional hour charged at £84 thereafter*.

CCTV Drain Surveys and Extensions

If you are planning an extension on your property then it is important to look at how the proposed project could affect your drainage. For instance, if your extension goes over or close to a public sewer you may need permission from your sewerage undertaker. Furthermore, if the build is over an existing drain or sewer than pipes could be damaged, causing leaks, blockages, odour and potentially leading to health concerns and environmental damage. Our CCTV survey technology can help give an accurate view of the current drainage system and whether it will need changes prior to the extension build.

CCTV Surveys and Moving House

Another time you may want to consider a CCTV survey is if you are moving into a new house. This will help you to identify any issues with the drainage before purchasing the property which can be very beneficial as you can negotiate with the seller to resolve these issues before purchasing. This could be much better than buying the house outright and waiting for the problems to surface where because you now own the property the issues will become yours to fix, so contact us today to allow us to undertake a drain inspection and  check if there are any issues.

If you would like to book a CCTV drain survey, whether it be domestic or commercial premises, then simply call 0121 663 6683 24/7 to speak to one of our friendly staff today.