CCTV Surveys

What is a CCTV survey?

A CCTV survey is where we insert a mini digital video camera into your drainage system, be it foul or surface and push or drive it through the pipe to locate an area of damage or obstruction/blockage. Our CCTV survey equipment can be used in pipe diameters from 50mm to 2m, so we have the right system for every job.

Why would I need a CCTV survey to be done?

  • You are buying a new home

  • You are building an extension

  • Problems with rat infestation

  • You have surface flooding

  • Persistent drain problems

  • Your property has subsidence


You may need a CCTV survey to be carried out if you have a recurring problem in your drains as there is obviously an issue that is causing this to occur. A CCTV survey will give you an instant answer to allow us to present a cost effective solution to prevent the blockages in future.


Your site may be governed by a PPC (Pollution Prevention Control) Permit and as such you should be checking your drainage network regularly to ensure any damaged pipe work is not allowing effluent to exfiltrate into the soil.


However, good housekeeping and general maintenance should also drive your company to check their drainage systems regularly to prevent sewers and surface drains blocking, surcharging and flooding your working premises, which may cause severe interruption to your business and possibly your neighbour’s property and loss of stock, building fabric damage, etc. This may lead to costly insurance claims that may be refused if your negligence is proved on the grounds of your company being unable to demonstrate a regular maintenance programme of drain cleaning.


You may also need to know where your sewers and surface water drains are located if you or your business are planning any construction work. It also provides a point of reference to be able to claim any construction firm for damage caused during any excavations and ground works.

Pre-purchase surveys may be required when buying or selling a property.

A pre-purchase survey is not a mandatory part of a homebuyers report, so you could buy a house not knowing that the drains are in a bad state of repair.

Be sure to have the pre-purchase survey carried out on top of the home buyers report, so you can either negotiate the cost of the potential repairs needed off the cost of the house, or order the current homeowner to have the repairs carried out before you buy the home.

CCTV Survey Waterways Group Drainage Devon Cornwall

What problems might a cctv drain survey uncover?

  • Partial or total collapse pipes

  • Redundant drain lines

  • Tree root intrusion

  • Rats and rodent infestation

  • Displaced or open joints

  • Cracked or broken drains

How much does it cost?

A CCTV survey is not an expensive process and needn’t cost the earth. Given the possible costs and consequences if you do not carry out regular maintenance on your drainage networks, what could be as little an amount of £45 for a basic 'look see CCTV survey', it is an easy decision to make and have your drains inspected regularly.



What happens after the CCTV survey is completed?


Upon completion of the survey we can produce a detailed computerised report using the industry standard software, Wincan, so we can present the data and observations collected by the CCTV Operator. This report can be supported by a DVD and a plan that is marked up and corresponds to the report to allow easy reference. The written report can also be supplied electronically to allow for filing on asset register systems, email between colleagues, etc.


If specific problems are identified during the course of the survey, we can provide cost effective solutions to carry out specialist cleaning via HP jetting or repairs.

Call: 01752 415884

Covering Devon & Cornwall:

16 Daws Court

Old Ferry Road



PL12 6JD

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