We totally understand that once you have your heart set on a new home, the last thing you want to find out about is any potential issues – particularly relating to drainage, which is not really a subject that anyone wants to deal with! But a property’s drainage system is no less integral than its foundations or its roof, and your property is the biggest investment you will ever make, so don’t make a move without knowing exactly what you’re taking on. If there is trouble brewing underground, it doesn’t need to be bad news. A thorough inspection will let us know whether there are any problems – and if there are, we can guide you as to exactly what might need to be done.
Even better, we are the UK’s only specialist claims company for damaged septic tanks. So if there are issues that could be covered by the seller’s buildings insurance, we can manage a claim on their behalf even as the sale goes through. This can save time and money for everyone involved.
What’s involved in a septic tank inspection?
We can undertake an inspection of any off mains drainage system including septic tanks, sewage treatment plants and cesspits. The most important thing is that the tank is emptied on the day that our engineer comes to your property. We know that this means an additional cost, but it’s really important in making sure that a septic tank inspection is as thorough as possible. If you need any help at all getting this arranged, we can do this for you. You see, if a septic tank is full when we inspect it, we can’t carry out a thorough inspection of the walls of the tank. It could be that there are splits or fractures which can cause future problems.
So, what’s involved in a pre-purchase septic tank inspection? One of our engineers attends your property on the agreed day, and will be there either when the tank is being emptied or as soon as possible afterwards. We use two types of cameras to investigate the condition of the drainage system:
- A high quality digital camera lowered into the tank, which allows 360 degree footage to be taken of its walls. We can check the condition of the tank as well as making sure that any dip pipes or baffles within the tank are in place.
- A specialist CCTV camera which is used to survey any accessible pipe work running to and from the septic tank. The footage from this camera tells us about the condition of the pipework, and enables any issues to be picked up.
We will provide you with a pre-purchase survey report which will include:
- Confirmation on whether or not the septic tank is the right size for the property (as per Building Regulations 2010 Part H – don’t worry if you’ve not come across that before, we’ll explain it all)
- Whether or not the system is compliant with current legislation and the new General Binding Rules due in 2020 (don’t be put off by all the legislation talk, that’s why you have us on your side!)
- Any damage found within the tank such as cracks or splits in the walls, or tree root damage
- Confirmation that any dip pipes or baffles are in place – these are the things that ensure that the septic tank can separate out the waste, and prevent any of the solid stuff from leaving the tank (which causes all sorts of soakaway problems)
- Any recommendations if problems are found.
We’ll also give you a disc with a copy of any CCTV footage we undertake of the drainage system – although we doubt it will be a popular watch in your household!
Pre-purchase septic tank inspection report
Septic Tank Health Checks
Your car gets its MOT every year, so why shouldn’t your septic tank get the same TLC? If a septic tank needs to be repaired or replaced, unfortunately it can often be just as expensive as getting your car back on the road. The UKDP Septic Tank Health Check gives you regular peace of mind that everything underground is working as it should be, and can help to spot any issues early before they turn into bigger problems which may be more costly to fix.
Not only this, but if you should ever come to sell your property in future, it would clearly demonstrate that you have regularly inspected your septic tank, providing additional reassurance to any seller.
As part of our service, and as experts in managing insurance claims for damaged septic tanks, we will also check your current buildings insurance policy to make sure you have the right cover in place, just in case anything goes wrong in the future. Most people are unaware that you don’t need specific septic tank insurance in place, and we can help to make sure you’ll be covered if any damage happened.
Don’t let out of sight be out of mind. Contact our team today to find out how we can help you to avoid future septic tank problems with our homebuyer drainage survey, or our Septic Tank Health Check. We can then guide you through any recommendations or works that might need to be carried out.