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cctv drain survey

cctv drain survey

Hydro Cleansing are the UK's leading experts in environmental and waste management services, providing solutions for both commercial businesses and domestic customers throughout the UK.

We provide CCTV drain surveys for councils, contractors, and homeowners with the highest levels of professionalism and care whilst delivering the best service.

Our CCTV drain surveys are available 24/7 and can be scheduled to suit your needs.

We maintain a 24/7 operational business, enabling customers to have access to all our services at all times.

What is a CCTV Drain Survey?

CCTV drain surveys are carried out by inserting a camera into the drain/sewer system to detect and identify any issues that could affect the performance of your drains, such as blockages, root damage or pipe collapse.

Typically deployed to find and record faults within drainage systems, HCL’s CCTV drain survey can help prevent any failures in the drainage system.

CCTV drain survey is used to a great extent, within the construction industry, at the point of site handover. The engineer will carry out a comprehensive evaluation, producing a report on the site’s drainage systems, verifying the integrity, cleanliness and operational effectiveness of the system.

The report is vital to the assured and complete handover of a building, and could prevent on-going disputes over liabilities, should systems fail.

Why HCL’s CCTV Drain Survey?

HCL operates one of the largest fleets of CCTV drain survey vans, in the South East.  Our CCTV cameras produce HD quality video recordings of the state of your drains, highlighting and pinpointing the precise location of any issues detected within your drainage system. These cameras are able to survey pipe sizes between 50mm and 300mm in diameter and operate at distances of up to 500m, enabling our engineers to easily identify objects causing blockages or any other issues with your drains.

Our CCTV operators are trained and accredited to OS19X for Piped Drains and Sewers, and OS21X for Bricked Sewers.  These accreditations are a pre-requisite for all operators who prepare CCTV reports, for long term records purposes, for all the UK’s Water PLCs.

Upon completion of the CCTV drainage survey, our clients are provided with a full colour DVD and a comprehensive WinCan version 8 report, alongside recommendations prepared by a fully qualified engineer.

CCTV drains surveys are usually required to find faults that are affecting, or could affect, the integrity of the drains operating at the optimum levels. This service is required by those in the construction industry, councils, businesses and homeowners as well as those who are in the process of purchasing a property.

The report is vital to the assured and complete handover of a building preventing on-going disputes over liabilities, should systems fail.

Types of CCTV Drain Surveys

Conditional & Connectivity CCTV Surveys

Conditional and connectivity CCTV surveys assess the internal condition of our drains and sewage systems unearthing any pipe collapses, rot damage or blockages. Inspecting the structural condition means that any problems can be dealt with straight away and any future problems can be avoided.

Pre-Adoption CCTV Surveys

Pre-adoption CCTV surveys are carried out by water authorities, builders, architects, developers and local authorities when buying assets, which involve drainage systems. It provides confirmation and security that the pipelines are in good condition, that no unknown environmental risks are being accepted and there are no hidden problems within the drainage systems.

Home Buyer/Seller CCTV Surveys

Pre-purchase homebuyer CCTV surveys are now required by most mortgage lenders, and gives peace of mind to the prospective property buyer. This can be particularly relevant if the property is older, has had refurbishment work completed, or if there have been construction activities in the surrounding area.

Pre-Demolition CCTV Surveys

Pre-demolition CCTV surveys help to establish drain runs, locate access chambers, and secure location prior to demolition. This is vital in protecting the drainage system, and preventing damage to the system as a result of the demolition.


Push Rod Cameras

For pipes smaller than 150mm (6 inches), HCL uses an advanced push rod camera system, which consists of a camera attached to a rod, which can be manually navigated to identify problems. This small camera system is able to access narrow, smaller pipes, and provides the same level of reporting, as our other cameras.

Crawler Camera

The crawler unit drain camera is a remote controlled CCTV camera system. It has 4-wheel drive, colour CCTV inspection, and is suitable for pipes between 50mm and 300m in diameter. This camera system also produces HD quality reports for our clients.

Mega Cam

Mega-Cam is used for longer and larger pipe sections, is operated by remote control, and has advanced pan and tilt technology. This high performance CCTV drainage camera system is supplied with 500m of Kevlar-reinforced cable, with an auto self-levelling high definition (HD) colour camera and 4-wheel drive. Suitable for pipe sizes from 150mm (6") up to 1000mm (40") in diameter. All WinCan surveys are recorded with this camera’s built-in DVD, which records the condition and structure of the drainage system and is provided as a formal report to our clients.