First Time Buyers Guide to a Drainage Survey

April 15, 2019

Buying a house is most likely one of the biggest purchases you will make. Furthermore, when purchasing a home serviced by a septic tank, you will find that the process requires a couple of extra checks. This includes a pre-purchase Drainage Survey. These checks are often missed by a regular builders survey. New rules introduced in 2015 require home owners serviced by a septic tank or domestic sewerage system to take steps to ensure the system is maintained correctly.


What is a pre-purchase Drainage Survey?

Drainage Surveys act as a log of the system’s current condition. And any work that needs to be done to ensure it meets with the general binding rules.

Consequently, when commissioning a pre-purchase drainage survey from Croft Drainage Lincolnshire, you can expect the following in your report.


Our Drainage Survey and report will give you:

  • A CCTV report undertaken by a NADC certified operative for all accessible pipework
  • A schematic showing the foul and surface drainage (where it can be accessed)
  • An estimated cost to repair any defects identified. And the cost to install a fully compliant system if it doesn’t meet the General Binding Rules
  • A technician identifies misconnections where rainwater pipes are connected to the system. Or foul into the surface water system
  • Confirms if the system complies with the General Binding Rules
  • Comments on the conditions of the manholes, lids and covers
  • Details the site layout of pipework
  • Identifies any issues


Why is a Drainage Survey important?

A replacement home sewerage system can cost in the region of £10,000. Sewerage and drainage systems are often missed off the builder’s survey. This means, as a first time buyer, you could end up incurring unnecessary costs. Costs that should have been covered by the previous owner.


Similarly, as the new home owner, it is your responsibility to adhere to the General Binding Rules. A comprehensive pre-purchase drainage survey will save you time and hassle at a later date. By flagging up any issues and notes on maintenance you can ensure the maintenance of  your system. Avoiding any immediate issues.


Therefore, if you’d like to learn more about our services and how we can save you money in the long run – why not speak to a member of the team on – 01427 671255 or via our contact page