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Do I need a pre-property inspection?

As drainage specialists we are well aware of the kinds of problems that can arise if drains are neglected.

Unfortunately, the realisation of the excellent job they do is usually overlooked until the inevitable happens and disaster strikes. 

That is why we are here for you 24/7 and can usually be at the scene and ensuring that everything is contained on the same day you contact us.

However, prevention is better than a cure and one way you can avoid a drainage problem requiring emergency attention is through a pre-property inspection.

Whether you are buying a new home, a buy-to-let property or business premises, a pre-property inspection is always a good idea as you can be made aware of unexpected and costly problems that may arise down the line. A pre-property inspection will reveal whether you have something as simple as a drainage system blocked with accumulated debris to resolve, or something more significant.

The more serious drainage issues that might be revealed could include: 

Cracked drains

It doesn’t take an expert to work out that cracked drains are serious. They can cause property damage, bad smells, pollution of soil groundwater and can spread disease. None of which anyone wants for their commercial or residential property.

Drains damaged by overgrown roots

When blocked by overgrown roots the water will be unable to move freely through the pipes and this can result in a buildup of waste. This can then cause the drainage to slow down and drains to overflow. These signs aren’t easy to spot without a proper inspection carried out by someone who understands what to look for.

Congealed fat

Fat and grease clogs drains. Fact. When it does it can lead to an overflow of water at the area of the drainage system where the blockage has occurred. The result is foul odours and unsanitary conditions.

One of the major problems caused by drains which aren’t working properly is subsidence.

Drains are designed to take water into the ground beneath your property, so if there is any seepage or leaks in your drainage the pipes will send water into the areas where it shouldn’t be such as beneath your property. 

When a pre-property inspection is made of your drains, we can identify a problem area before it becomes a real issue.  The inspection is initially carried out using CCTV cameras. These are inserted into your drains and send back a live feed so that the drainage engineer can identify any issues that might be present.

Consider this. If there is a drainage problem it could seriously affect the price of the property, so getting it looked at early on could save you thousands of pounds as well as the expense of getting everything fixed in the future.

A pre-property inspection may also be something required by a mortgage lender, after all, if the drainage system isn’t functioning properly then the building is probably being overvalued. Conducting a pre-property inspection may even get more competitive mortgage rates too.

Flowfinity works with insurers and provides drainage solutions for commercial and domestic properties. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge and are passionate about what we do. If you would like to talk to someone about a pre-property inspection then please get in touch with us on  07943 468868. 

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