Do you need a drain survey at a London property?

If you're buying a house in London, building an extension to your London home or have ongoing problems with your drains, it's a really good idea to get a professional drainage survey done.

Checkatrade approved cctv drain surveys in London

CCTV drain surveys, whether they are for residential or commercial London properties, are an excellent way to find out the reasons for any drainage problem quickly and accurately.

Our drain cameras can identify structural issues such as collapsed drains, root ingress, pipe scale, cracked or broken drains, incorrect installation, blockages and displaced joints.

For a FREE quote or expert advice regarding choosing the right drain inspection or drain survey for your property in London, please call 020 8168 9981 or email

Approved drain survey company in South London

Why might someone in London need a cctv drainage survey?

Buying a new home

CCTV drain surveys are one of the most important things a London homebuyer should do before buying their new home.

Building an extension

A pre-build survey can show the location & condition of the drains running under or close to any proposed building work.

Problems with rats

Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a 50p piece. A cctv drain survey can identify any cracks and defects.

Surface flooding

A cctv drain survey can identify the underlying reasons for surface water flooding into your London property.


Leaking or broken drains under your property can lead to subsidence. A cctv drainage survey can identify any defects.

Persistent problems

If your drains keep reblocking or those horrible drain smells don't go away, it might be time for a cctv drain survey.

Pre-purchase drain surveys for London homebuyers

Drain surveys are one of the most important things to do before buying your new home.

Unfortunately, some London homebuyers only find out their drains have structural defects once they've moved in and then have to pay lots of money for drain repairs.

A pre-purchase drain survey can spot any potential problems before they appear, giving the buyer, the opportunity to negotiate with the seller or even pull out of the purchase.

To book your homebuyer drain survey, call 020 8168 9981 or email our London office.

Pre-purchase cctv drain survey for homebuyers in London

What does it cost for a cctv drain survey in London?

£295.00 plus vat
This is the starting price for carrying out a cctv drain survey with a full report at a domestic property in the South London area.
Prices are higher for evenings, weekends and for North or Central London. Extra charges apply if jetting is needed.

What areas of London can we come out to carry out cctv drainage surveys?

Our drain engineers carry out cctv drain surveys, drain inspections, homebuyer surveys and drain tracing throughout London including the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Fulham & Hammersmith, Greenwich, Kensington & Chelsea, Havering, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham, Wandsworth and Westminster.

What if you don't need the full drain survey report?

We do offer a "quick look" drain survey, often referred to as a drain inspection, to locate and diagnose a specific problem within a drain.

The engineer can show you the footage on site and highlight any issues as he does the survey. This is cheaper and quicker for those who do not require the footage or a full written report, however, will not be adequate for insurance purposes.

Prices for a "quick look" drain survey in South London start from £125 plus vat.

Do you need a build over drain survey in London?

If you are building a conservatory or any other extension to your home, the local water authority in London will need to know, to ensure access to drains is not restricted.

Your local water authority will be able to tell you where the main sewers run. They will need to know the location, condition, depth and size of all drainage within 3m of the proposed extension. A build over drain survey will give you all the information you need.

Build over cctv drain surveys in London

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Why use Drain Detectives to do your drain survey in London?

Free Expert Advice

Not sure where to start? Call our London office and an experienced engineer will advise you on choosing the right cctv drain survey for you.

Checkatrade approved

We are proud to be members of checkatrade. We ask all of our London customers to leave reviews of our cctv drain survey work.

Competitive Prices

Drain Detectives aim to give the best value for money price for cctv drain surveys in London SW6, with fixed prices offered wherever possible.

Could a drainage survey help solve your rat problem?

Over 90% of rat problems within homes in London and across the UK are because of faulty and defective drainage systems. So if you are hearing rat noises in your ceilings, walls and under the floor and the normal rat control methods aren't working, we can help.

Rats can enter through displaced drains, broken or cracked pipes and redundant drains.

Our engineers in London use the latest drain survey equipment, to identify any faults and defects, that would allow rats to escape from the sewers and into your home.

Our drain survey report will list the defects, with recommendations for all drain repairs.

A cctv drain survey can help you with rats in your London property

What about commercial drain surveys in London?

Commercial drain surveys are normally just on a bigger scale, but we do have a crawler camera for those larger pipes.

We have done commercial drainage surveys for housing developments, retail parks and schools in the London area.

Cameras for commercial drain surveys in London

What do our customers think of our surveys?

Drain survey

Excellent job, efficient and high quality customer service. Would recommend.

Surbiton, London KT6 (May 2021)

Drain survey

I wish all drain companies were this easy to deal with. Arrived at the arranged time, did the cctv survey very efficiently and left no mess. I would definitely use them again.

Walthamstow, London E17 (September 2020)

CCTV drain inspection

We have asked them to carry out drain inspection at our newly purchased home. Quick turnaround (took only 6 days from the request to the issue of the report), the report was very thorough, good communication throughout, people on the phone helpline were always helpful and polite. Highly impressed. We would definitely recommend!

Finchley, North London (December 2019)

Drain survey and unblocking

They arrived within 1 hour and worked swiftly to unblock the drain. Really helpful office help before booking and the drain technician was excellent. Cost was exactly as quoted. Would happily recommend.

Notting Hill, West London (July 2019)

Drain survey

Dealing with Hannah on the phone was a total pleasure. Such a can-do attitude and so helpful and straight forward. The guys who came around were helpful and went above and beyond! They were courteous and informative and answered any questions I had. Brilliant service, I would HIGHLY recommend.

Camberwell, London SE5 (April 2019)

CCTV drain survey

Very prompt service and very prompt survey report!

Twickenham, South West London (March 2019)

Drainage survey

Very high quality level of service, the drain surveyor was friendly and had a high level of knowledge of drainage laws. Much better service than I have received from similar draincompanies and I would recommend to friends.

Richmond, London TW9 (May 2018)

If you think you may need a cctv drain survey or drain inspection, you have come to the right place. Call our London office on 020 8168 9981 today for expert advice and a FREE no-obligation quote!