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What is The Process of a CCTV Drain Survey? How Long Does it Take to clear Blocked Drains?

///What is The Process of a CCTV Drain Survey? How Long Does it Take to clear Blocked Drains?

CCTV survey is an in-depth check on your drainage using CCTV cameras that are strategically inserted in your drains. The cameras enable engineers to look inside your drainage system without damaging them.

Why do I need a CCTV drain survey?

CCTV drain surveys give you the actual picture of what’s happening inside your drainage system. A CCTV survey helps you identify problems and would be problems in the future. It gives you a full picture of what repairs you would want to do before signing that contract paper.

What are the pieces of equipment used in the CCTV drain survey?

Here are some of the possible tools that a technician will bring during a CCTV drain survey:

  • Waterproof cameras: These cameras can operate even underwater. It should be small to fit in tight places.
  • Access rods: They push the cameras to strategic places where they should be put on. They are your guiding rods on the turns and corners of a drainage system.
  • Crawlers: They are remotely operated tools used to show visual access to your drainage system.
  • Sonar units: These are primarily used in filled pipes. They operate primarily through sound.

What is The Process of a CCTV Drain Survey?

  1. Call your local drainage contractor: Set up a schedule that works for you and them.
  2. The meet up: Your local drainage contractors will meet you. You tell them your initial observations. They’ll ask you several questions. After discussing, they’ll set up the equipment.
  3. CCTV insertion: The technicians/engineers will access an opening in your drainage system and will insert a CCTV camera in strategic places.
  4. CCTV viewing: The camera would enable the engineers to have a real-time view of your drainage system. Blockages, cracks, and damage would be identified by this time.
  5. Reports: Once the engineers identified the problems in your drainage, they’ll report their findings to you. They’ll also recommend solutions for your problems. You can set up another meeting for the actual repair, or you can ask them to repair the damage right away.

How Long Does it Take to clear Blocked Drains?

Drain cleaning, when done by professionals, just takes a couple of hours. They can fix the smallest blockage for up to three hours. In those three hours, they already completely installed their draining equipment. Depending on their equipment, the tools could be a pressurized water jet or a simple that’s attached to a specialized machine.

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Hugo March
Hugo March
19:29 24 Jan 19
Like many others I just cannot recommend Matt and M.R.Drains more highly. Recently we had a very elusive problem with water ingress in the basement flat of our building on the New Kings Road, Fulham. Over a period of a month several so called drainage experts came to take a look. In short none of them had a clue despite charging vast amounts of money for camera surveys etc and giving eye watering estimates. It was our good fortune to stumble across Matt. First of all he arrived when he said he would and secondly had identified the problem in under half an hour. The cost of the video survey was peanuts in comparison to others and his equipment state of the art. By that evening he had emailed us the video, a report and a quote to send to our insurers. It was more than reasonable. Matt came several days later, again exactly when he said he would, and within a couple of days had repaired and lined the damaged pipes etc I felt completely comfortable leaving him with the keys of our property. We now have no water ingress and fully operational drains with a ten year warranty. Matt was very user friendly and a pleasure to deal with. I will definitely be recommending him to others.read more
Niki Wigram
Niki Wigram
10:03 22 Dec 18
Mr Drains’ team were all so attentive and professional. We had an urgent job and they were willing and able to fit us in last mintute at a very busy time of year. We highly recommend them.read more
David Edward
David Edward
23:14 23 Nov 18
Unbeatable on price, speed and efficiency. A total breeze organising and completing the job with Matt. Very reasonably priced and we were even charged £5 less than quoted, which rarely happens. Honest.read more
natalie weber
natalie weber
15:59 23 Nov 18
I cannot recommend this company highly enough. We contacted MR Drains Ltd and spoke with a their reception team who advised the person we needed to speak to was on the other line, but he'd call back within 5 minutes, which he did. We got a call back within minutes from Matt, who arranged to visit the property on the same day within 3 hours of receiving our call. He worked with our plumbers on site to investigate the drainage and track it with a camera. He went above and beyond in staying around to help the plumbers locate and lift other manholes. An absolutely lovely guy, who clearly knows his stuff. Fast, polite, super efficient. If only all companies were like this! Thanks again Matt. From a very happy customer!read more
Tracey Pierce
Tracey Pierce
14:03 07 Oct 18
Excellent service received from Matt and Harry. I had an urgent, serious drain and rodent issue at a residential property. I received an immediate response to my initial enquiry, and the work started within the week. They identified the issues, and were solution orientated, rectifying all of the problems. They were reliable, on time and tidy. They were not the cheapest quote, but the work and materials were of high quality, and you generally get what you pay for. A 10 year guarantee was also provided. I would definitely recommend them.read more
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