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How Much Is A Home Buyer Drainage Survey

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How Much Is A Home Buyer Drainage Survey

Have you been asking: how much is a home buyer drainage survey? Blockagegone offer pre-purchase drain surveys for properties throughout Ipswich and the surrounding areas of Suffolk. Find out more about what is included in a home buyers drain survey report and what factors impact the cost of a drain survey.

How much does a CCTV drain survey cost?

Having problematic drains can be a real headache for homeowners. But the first step in fixing any problem is finding out what the source is. And when it comes to drains, CCTV drain surveys are the best way to learn where your drain issues are coming from. Even if you're only thinking of purchasing a property and aren't a true homeowner yet, CCTV drain surveys can still be useful. In fact, surveying the drains is an important part of the buying process.

Unless you know that the home is in good condition throughout, you won't know if the listed price is accurate. Drain surveys are carried out by professional plumbing engineers. They can complete a full drain survey in about a day, giving you a full report on the status of the drains and pipework of a property. But what does one of these surveys cost?

The average cost of a CCTV drain survey is around £90. Your local plumbers will usually offer you a choice of two types of drain surveys. The basic one is the £90 option, which will assess the condition of the drains. However, a more comprehensive survey and report will cost a lot more, usually around £200 - £350. If your plumber finds a minor blockage during a survey, they can usually remove it there and then. However, this will naturally increase the cost.

There are several other factors that affect the price of a CCTV drain survey. These include the following:

  • The size of the property
  • How complex the drainage system is
  • The number of blockages and how severe they are
  • The type of survey your choose
  • Where your property is located

What factors impact the cost of a drain survey?

Here we'll go into greater depth about the factors affecting the price of a CCTV drain survey. The three most crucial factors are:

 Length of Your Drains

Alongside the diameter, the length of your drainage system will also affect survey costs. Of course, larger homes have larger drainage systems, meaning it takes longer to carry out a complete survey. And, naturally, the longer it takes to complete, the more expensive it will be.

For larger homes, the average CCTV drain survey costs can reach between £350 to £450. These larger surveys usually take around 6 hours to fully complete. Add on to this the time it takes to generate the reports and you can see why these larger surveys cost more. 

 Type of Property

The drainage system of one property may be completely different to another. Therefore, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach.

But the differences in drainage design can have a dramatic effect on your survey costs. If your drains are more difficult to navigate and survey, the costs will naturally be higher.

Additionally, if your drainage system is made from large-diameter pipes, your plumber will need to use a larger camera. This is naturally a more expensive piece of equipment, which will also mean your CCTV drain survey costs are higher. 

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 Drain Access

For some properties, mainly older ones, it can be difficult to actually get to the drains in the first place. This makes it more of a pain for your plumber to perform a CCTV inspection. In the very worst cases, you may need to excavate an area of ground on your property to get to your drainage system.

In this case, there will be additional costs for labour. On top of the roughly £300 for the CCTV inspection, you can add another £100 to £200 for labour costs. If you're lucky, your drains will be easy to get to, meaning your costs will be much lower than this. 

What is a Home Buyer's Drain Survey?

A drain survey is similar to the regular RICS home buyers survey you conduct before buying a property. While the RICS survey aims to determine the condition of the property's structural elements, the drain survey assesses the state of the drainage system. The point of these surveys is to give you as a buyer a thorough overview of the property's condition. 

Knowing what lies beneath a property is just as important as the property itself. If the drainage system is faulty, blocked or damaged, you can negotiate a cheaper price for the property or have the existing owners remedy the issues before you purchase.

These surveys also help you avoid potentially small issues that could grow into serious ones. You don't want to spend a serious amount of money on a property, only to have to spend more when your drains collapse. CCTV drain surveys help you avoid these catastrophes. 

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What is included in a Home Buyers Drain Survey Report

There are a few key things these surveys look for:

Damaged pipework

Backed up sewage

Tree roots breaking into the pipes



Pipe collapses

The surveys themselves cover several areas of a property's drainage. It's not just about finding areas that are damaged. Any sign that an issue could arise will be looked at, including roots breaking into the pipework. This information will help you when negotiating a property purchase. 

What are the Additional Costs of a CCTV Drain Survey?

If you're thinking of having a drain survey performed on a property, there are a few additional costs to bear in mind. Here are some of the most common costs you should budget for:

Drainage Jobs

If your survey reveals issues with the drainage system, there are a few jobs you might need to carry out. Like the surveys themselves, the cost for these jobs can vary depending on what you need. The most common drainage jobs include:

  • Installing a soakaway drain (£700 to £1,110)
  • Moving a drain (£4,000 to £5,000)
  • Drain rodding (£80 to £150)
  • Drain jetting (£70 to £180)
  • Repairing cracked drains (£150 to £210)
  • Repairing leaking drains (£600 to £1,110)

The main things affecting the cost of these jobs are:

  • The location of your property
  • The type of job you need
  • The contractors or services you choose
  • The materials needed to complete the job

What Are The Additional Costs Of A CCTV Drain Survey?


In some cases, issues with your drainage system can be due to your guttering. You may even need to have your guttering replaced. Again, the cost for these jobs will vary depending on where your property is, how large the property is and the materials needed to replace the guttering.

For new guttering on a terraced house, you can expect to pay around £400 to £500. For detached homes, this goes up to £500 to £700. But, having new guttering installed can resolve any drainage issues your property might be experiencing. 

New Bathroom

Your drain survey might reveal serious issues coming from the bathroom. In this case, you may want to install a completely new bathroom.

The cost of a brand-new bathroom ranges between £3,000 to £6,000. But depending on what you want for your bathroom, costs will vary.

New bathrooms involve a lot of new installations. From fittings to bathtubs, showers, sinks and toilets, there is a lot of plumbing to be done. However, newer fittings are less likely to cause blockages, so a new bathroom may be a prudent investment. 

New Bathroom

Home Survey

If you are planning to buy a home, alongside the drain survey you may also want to carry out a full home survey. The same factors affecting the price apply, such as the location and size of the property. However, for new-build homes, a full survey will cost around £250 to £650.

Beyond this, you may want to carry out a condition report, which will cost between £250 and £600. More in-depth homebuyers reports cost around £360 to £600 and a home-building survey will cost much more, around £450 to £900. Depending on how much you want to know, you can budget for one or more of these surveys. 

New Kitchen

The other main area of the home where drainage issues usually start is the kitchen. Blockages are the main cause for concern, given the amount of blockage-causing material that goes down your kitchen sink.

Like the bathroom, having a new kitchen fitted can resolve your drainage issues. However, new kitchens are a lot more expensive, usually costing around £6,000 to £9,000. 

gain, depending on the materials you choose, these costs can change. For example, there is a huge range in price for worktop materials, not to mention sinks and new cabinets.

Again, new fittings are less likley to cause blockages and drain issues. Therefore, if you can budget for it, a new kitchen can be another prudent investment for homebuyers. 

New Kitchen

Are you looking for  pre-purchase drain surveys in the Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Saxmundham, Stowmarket and Suffolk area? Find out more about our local drain survey services below.