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CCTV Drain Surveys in Sussex and Surrey

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What Is a CCTV Drain Survey?

CCTV surveys are used to provide you with a fast and accurate assessment of the condition of the drains so that we can understand exactly how and why the blockage is occurring. Once we have this information, we can use it to find an effective solution so that we can remove the issue and get your drainage system back to normal. If you need a CCTV drain survey, please get in contact with our team today.

The process involves using a camera attached to a long cable to inspect the insides of your drains and pipes. By watching a live video above ground, drain technicians can easily see if there are any blockages, leaks, or damages inside the pipes without needing to dig them up. It’s a time-saving service that produces minimal disruption to the home or business.

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Benefits of a CCTV Drain Survey

A CCTV drain survey offers several benefits for a variety of situations:

Building Work

Before starting any building work, drain camera surveys can identify any existing issues in the system. This ensures the construction work being carried out doesn’t damage pipes or cause future issues.

Buying a Home

When buying a home, arranging CCTV drainage surveys can be a smart move. It helps buyers uncover any hidden drainage problems before finalising the purchase. This could potentially save the buyers from expensive repairs down the line.

Investigating Issues

If you’re experiencing recurring drainage issues like blockages or foul smells, a CCTV drain survey can help to see exactly what might be causing it. Once the cause has been identified, work can be started to fix the issue.


Regular maintenance is important to keep your drainage systems in good condition and to prevent blockages and issues in future. CCTV drain surveys are a proactive way to identify any issues that could become more problematic down the line.

Overall, investing in CCTV drain surveys offers peace of mind, cost savings, and efficient management of your drainage systems.

Our CCTV Drain Equipment

We use advanced CCTV technology such as state-of-the-art cameras that can be used in pipes as small as 50mm wide to identify a range of potential issues such as structural problems, root ingress, awkward blockages, pipe scale, displaced joints, and partial and complete collapses within the drain. This method is fast and reliable, and it provides peace of mind that there are no further problems in the drain.

CCTV Drain Camera Surveys

At The Drain Guys, we have extensive experience in clearing drain blockages either manually or using our specialist tools. However, if a blockage cannot be removed with conventional methods, it may indicate that there is a more serious problem somewhere in your drainage system. This is when it is time to have a CCTV drain survey carried out.


One of the most common problems in drainage systems is blockages as they can lead to flooding. Drain camera surveys allow our technicians to identify the location and cause of the blockage. For example, debris, grease buildup, or other obstructions.


Undetected leaks can cause water damage, mould growth, and structural issues in the future. It’s therefore important to get leaks sorted as soon as possible. With CCTV drain surveys, we can easily detect where the leak is, even if it’s in a hard-to-reach area. By identifying it early, you can prevent costly repairs.

Loose Joints

Loose or damaged pipe joints can lead to leaks and reduced drainage efficiency. With our drain camera surveys, our technicians can inspect the condition of joints. Quick repairs ensure the integrity and performance of the drainage system.

Tree Root Damage

Tree roots often infiltrate drainpipes as they look for moisture and nutrients. This can cause blockages, cracks, and structural damage. It’s therefore important for a CCTV drain survey to be carried out to confirm this is the cause and remove or repair parts of the drain that have been affected.

Cracked Pipes

Cracked drainage pipes can be a result of wear and tear, ground movement, and external pressure. If cracks occur in your drainage system, this can compromise the integrity of the system and lead to leaks. Drain camera surveys enable quick repairs to be carried out to prevent further damage.

Our CCTV Survey process

Drain Inspection

Using state-of-the-art CCTV cameras, we capture clear images inside the pipes to allow us to establish the cause of the problem. Our equipment can be used in pipes as small as 50mm wide, so no matter what kind of trouble you are having, we will be able to get to the bottom of the issue.

Drain Mapping

Once the inspection is complete, we use drain mapping to outline the specifications of the drainage network using the data collected during the inspection. This allows us to visualise the structure of the drainage system and pinpoint the exact location of the issue so we can begin with drain repairs.

CCTV Drain Survey Report

We will then provide you with a report of our findings presented either on DVD or USB, along with our recommendations on the next steps to deal with the issue. This could include carrying out extensive repairs to the drain, which we can undertake.

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No Dig Drain Repair

Following our CCTV drain surveys, we can carry out no-dig drain repairs to prevent any disruption to your home or business. No dig drain repairs are done via CCTV and resin relining to fix any issues like cracks in the drainage system. It’s the fastest and most efficient way to repair damaged drains that involve no trenches. The whole process can be carried out cleanly and efficiently with minimal disruption.

Are Drain Surveys Necessary?

Drain surveys are necessary for maintaining the health and functionality of drainage systems. By using advanced technologies like CCTV cameras, we can provide a thorough inspection of your drainage system to identify any issues like blockages, leaks, and structural damage. Early detection through drain surveys means you’re less likely to have larger issues later down the line.

Areas We Cover

Based in West Sussex, The Drain Guys work across Surrey, Sussex and South London to bring you a full range of services alongside specialising in CCTV Drain Surveys. We work in Horsham, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Hove, Brighton and many more places. Whether you’ve already got a blocked drain or you’ve just noticed a tell-tale sign like a slow-draining sink, a CCTV survey can give you the best possible information on the blockage.

Why Choose The Drain Guys?

The Drain Guys strive to provide a completely professional service on each job we carry out. Every member of the team is highly trained and experienced, allowing us to carry out the work quickly and efficiently, as well as providing you with impartial, honest advice.


Frequently Asked Questions
about CCTV Drain Surveys

I'm buying a property and the surveyor has recommended a CCTV drainage survey, is it worth it?

Absolutely. We have been to many properties where the new owners have discovered major drainage issues which would have been picked up on a survey and would have potentially saved them a fortune.

What is a ‘look see’ drainage survey?

This is a service for customers who don’t want a full property drainage survey or report.  It inspects one section there’s no recording the customer is normally present to see the condition for themselves and only a verbal report is provided.

What do I get when I have a full survey?

We attend the site and survey all accessible drain runs we then provide a full Wincan report with pipe grading and pictures of any defects that may be found we also provide a general site layout recommendation and a quote for any repairs that may be needed.

Is this survey just for homebuyers?

No, our drainage survey team carry out a site survey for homeowners, commercial and industrial properties, and new build estates on a regular basis.

How long does a CCTV drain survey take?

The duration of a CCTV drain survey depends on factors such as the size and complexity of the drainage system and the nature of any issues encountered. In general, most surveys can be completed within a few hours.

Will a CCTV drain survey cause damage to my property?

No, CCTV drain surveys are non-invasive and typically do not cause any damage to the property. The equipment used is designed to navigate through the drainage system without causing harm to pipes or surrounding structures.

Contact Us

Our team has years of expertise and experience in dealing with all forms of drainage problem – we’ve seen it all. So if you’ve got an issue that needs to be sorted, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. You can call us on 07703 193 746  and speak to a member of the team who will be able to provide you with all the information that you need. Alternatively, you can email us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We work on both residential and industrial sights, everywhere across Surrey, Sussex and South London. So no matter what kind of drainage or plumbing issues you are facing, The Drain Guys can help you.

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