Drainage Surveys: What Are They and When Do You Need One?

a cctv camera being used in a drainage survey
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Drainage surveys aren't always undertaken as standard when buying a new home. However, if you compare the cost of a drainage survey against the potential savings, whether that's helping you avoid a money pit house purchase or as leverage against the house price, it's arguably something that more people should consider. 

From what a drainage survey entails and when it's beneficial to have one done to the cost implications, this quick guide has all the essentials you need to know. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.