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How Much Does a CCTV Drain Survey Cost?

How Much Does a CCTV Drain Survey Cost?


Whether you’ve recently purchased a new property or are having issues with your current home, CCTV drain surveys are designed to help you figure out the root cause of your drainage problems, a pivotal step to sorting them.

What is a CCTV Drain Survey?

A CCTV drain survey is an in-depth inspection of the drainage system on your property. We feed specialist cameras into your drains which provide a live feed. With this, we can survey the current state of your drains and identify signs of potential problems.

It is also a great idea to book a CCTV drain survey, or a home buyers’ drain survey, to ensure there are no existing problems in the home you’re going to move into.

Our CCTV drain surveys are completed by professional drainage engineers who are able to conduct a full, comprehensive drain survey in as little as a day.

Once the job is complete, you will receive a report detailing the status of all your pipes and drains, including details on the type and locations of all problems afflicting them.

How Much Does a CCTV Drain Survey Cost?

On average, the cost of a CCTV drain survey is around £90 in the UK.

Some providers will offer two kinds of surveys, one in the range of £85 – £235 which covers all the property’s basic needs, and a more comprehensive one with a report in the region of £200 – £350.

Our engineers can remove minor drain blockages whilst completing your CCTV drain survey, and this will be included in your total cost.

There are also some variables which can affect the price you pay. This includes:

  • The size of your property, be that residential or commercial
  • How complex the drain system is
  • The number and types of blockages
  • The type of survey you require
  • Where you liveWhat Can Impact the CCTV Drain Survey Cost?

What is a CCTV Drain Survey?

There are a number of factors which can impact the price of your CCTV drain survey. These include, but are not limited to:

How Long Does a CCTV Survey Take?

One of the many benefits of CCTV drain surveys is that they can generally be completed in a single day. The surveyor carrying out the work will arrive early to analyse the exterior of your drains for any defects and will then use advanced equipment to inspect the inside of the pipes. It is during this time that any repairs will be completed, and you will be advised on how to prevent blockages in the future.

The Type of Property

The type of drainage system can be different to that of the property further down the road, so it is important to keep this in mind when considering the cost of your CCTV drain survey.

Some homes can have a complex drainage system, meaning that it is more difficult to navigate which will cost more money to complete.

Wider drains will typically require the use of a larger camera. This is a more expensive, specialist piece of equipment which can be reflected in your final price.

The Length of Your Drains

If your home is larger, you will have more pipework to navigate. This means that the survey will take longer to complete which will be reflected in your final cost.

On average, the CCTV drain survey cost for a larger property will be between £350 and £450 as they can take up to 6 hours to complete.

How Accessible Your Drains Are

If the access to your drains is in a complicated location, the job could be more difficult for our engineer to complete.

If any ground needs to be excavated to gain access to your drainage system, larger sums will be added to your final bill. Depending on the work required, you may see up to an additional £300 on your total for labour costs.

How Can I Prevent Drain Blockages?

There are a variety of ways your drains can become blocked, and some things you do every day can unknowingly be a primary cause of your drains becoming blocked.

Knowing how to prevent drain blockages in the future can help you save money in the long run, so here are some of the best ways of ensuring your drains remain clear:

  • Do not flush non-biodegradable products down waste pipes. This includes some wipes which are marked as “flushable” as these can take time to break down.
  • Fats, oil, and grease (FOG waste, should be disposed of appropriately.
  • Keep a plug screen over drains in sinks, showers, and bathtubs to prevent unwanted items from going down the drain.
  • Use a drain unblocker product whenever you detect small blockages or foul smells within your drains.

If you discover any major problems with your drainage system, we highly recommend getting in touch with a professional on how to best solve the problem.

Contact Our CCTV Drain Survey Specialists

Whether your drains are becoming blocked far too frequently to be normal or you’re moving into a new home, CCTV drain surveys are designed to map the drainage system on your property and identify the root cause of any problems.

Rather than leaving things to chance and being confronted with a problem which could have been prevented further down the line, get in touch with our CCTV drain survey specialists for a free no-obligation quote on our competitive CCTV drain surveys.

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When do I need a CCTV drain survey?

CCTV drain surveys may be required in a variety of circumstances. These include:

  • If your home is experiencing drain blockages too frequently and the cause needs to be identified
  • You’re planning an extension and need a map of your drainage and pipe system
  • You suspect you have a broken pipe and need to know where it is
  • A pipe needs to be relined and the measurements and location of the pipe are needed

Can I complete a CCTV drain survey myself?

In short, no. Due to the use of specialist equipment and the training required to complete the job safely and correctly, a CCTV drain survey is not a job for DIY enthusiasts.

We highly recommend getting in touch with Coastal Drains or your local drainage experts to learn about the services on offer and receive accurate quotes on the price of your survey.