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Should I Get A Home Buyer Drain Survey?

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Should I Get A Home Buyer Drain Survey?

Buying a new home is a big step into the unknown. Go into it blind and you risk all kinds of problems down the line.

Getting a home buyer report (more formally known as a Level 2 RICS Survey) is the very minimum you need, and if you have a mortgage it’s also likely to be a requirement. A home buyer report can identify issues with the property and grounds that are visible, including the general state of repair, the condition of the roof and guttering, and whether there are any signs of damp.

What it won’t report on is the state of the drains at the property – for that, you’ll need a home buyer drain survey.


What is a home buyer drain survey?

A home buyer drain survey will examine all the drains associated with the property you’re thinking of buying. That will allow you to be confident they’re working as they should be, as well as identifying any existing or developing issues that might be a problem (and therefore an expense) in the future.

When carrying out a drain survey at Power Rod, we conduct a number of important tests and checks, including:

  • Checking the structural condition of all the property’s drains
  • Cleaning the drains with high-power jets to allow for a detailed assessment
  • Carrying out a CCTV inspection


While doing that, we’ll be looking for things like:

  • Blockages
  • Broken pipes
  • Incursions of tree roots
  • Infestations of pests

Once the survey has been completed, we then compile a detailed report spelling out any identified issues and what we think is required to correct them.


The benefits of having a home buyer drain survey

You may be wondering whether a home buyer’s drainage survey costs more than it’s worth – especially when you consider all the other expenses associated with buying a house – and whether it’s going to be worth the time and effort. Well, there are many very good reasons for getting one done:

  • Saving you money now – if your drain survey shows up an issue that needs fixing, you’ll be in a good position to renegotiate the purchase price
  • Saving you money in the future – by identifying issues now, you’re far less likely to have any nasty surprises down the line that could be very expensive to remedy
  • Saving even more money in the future – you might be able to save on home insurance if you can demonstrate that you’ve had your drains checked and verified they’re in good condition


NADC-certified drainage surveyors

At Power Rod, we’ve been certified by the National Association of Drainage Contractors (NADC). That means that you can rely on our reports as independent and informed assessments when it comes to renegotiating the sale price or dealing with insurance.

If you’d like more information on getting a drain survey before buying your new house in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire – including Watford and Aylesbury – or you would like to book an appointment with one of our fully trained engineers, get in touch with the team at Power Rod today.

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