How Much Does a CCTV Drain Survey Cost?

Drain Survey Cost Summary
Price Range = £45 to £162
Average Cost = £93
Cheapest Price = £45

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Have you recently moved into a new home and want they place looked over before you settle in? Or are you experiencing regular drain blockages and don’t know what to do about it? Well, if you’ve tried fixing the problem yourself, or even if you are simply tired and fed-up with the recurring problem affecting your day-to-day activity, then why not look into hiring someone to carry out a CCTV drain survey on your property for you?

A CCTV drain survey will determine whether your drains and pipes need unblocking or repairing. Many people have a drain survey carried out before they move into a new property or if they have persistent problems with blocked pipes and drains. Professional camera engineers can usually get a drain survey done in a single day; arriving early to check for any external defects, and then using advanced technological equipment to inspect the pipes and carry out any repairs to prevent further blockages.

Advantages of a CCTV Drain Survey

Various builders, plumbers and other home-maintenance contractors offer the relatively new CCTV drain survey as part of an overall service package. It might sound like an extravagant, high-tech solution to a simple problem, but these surveys actually save home-owners a lot of time and money in the long-run; they identify the source of the problem almost immediately, allowing the contractor to get to work straight away and from an angle which they know won’t damage any other part of your pipe-work or plumbing system. Plus they prevent excessive water waste, and you might even find lost valuables or sentimental items at the root of the problem! But exactly how much does a CCTV drain survey cost?

Drain Survey Costs & Prices

The final cost of the survey will all depend on whether you choose to pay a fixed, upfront fee or work out the payment through an hourly rate; either way, various companies have suggested the following prices as your average starting-points:

  • Ansaltd£162 fixed fee
  • Blockbusters£45 fixed fee +VAT
  • Southwestdrainsltd£70 per hour +VAT

Additional Drain Survey Cost Information

Prices will vary according to the size of your pipe-work and how much you want inspected, but the following table can help give a sense of just how much this service might set you back:




 First Hour




 Per 15mins afterwards





Plus an additional £18


Plus £28

 Bank Holidays

Plus £38

 Xmas and New Year

Plus £68

Of course, these prices are just guidelines based on standardised quotes; when looking for a plumber or contractor to conduct your CCTV drain survey you should shop around for a number of different quotes and offers to get the best deal available. Ask friends and relatives if they know of anyone reliable and trustworthy who has worked on their property before; don’t forget to request and check references as well. This way you are guaranteed to find someone eager and willing to carry out the survey at the highest standard – helping to solve your drain blockage as soon as possible and get things fixed and back up and running right away!

Remember, these surveys aren’t usually covered in an ordinary house survey, and getting things looked into as early as possible can save you time and money in the long run. Just make sure you check your chosen plumber has insurance and satisfies the standards set out by Water Council Research Standards before getting them to start work.

Steven Almeida says:

I wanted my drains survey,to find out the location of the manhole in the property, to add a additional toilet facility, could you please provide a qoute or advise any tips

mjackson says:

Hi Steven,

Thanks for your post.

Unfortunately, our contractors will not be able to quote on surveys therefore we recommend searching online where you should be able to find a local company that can assist.

Thanks again

mark @ Servicemagic

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