How to Check if the Property You’re Buying has a Good Drainage System

When buying a house, the last thing on your mind is to check the sewage system of your potential new home. Isn’t every drainage system up to standard? -you may ask. Depending on when your house was built and the area, your new purchase can come with additional hefty bills down the line, which is why it’s essential to do these inspections. Whether you hire a drainage professional or are ready to take on this quest by yourself, let’s dive into how you can check the drain system, and how to find out if it’s good enough.

Why is it Important to Check the Drainage System of a Property?

Drainage systems are the under-the-surface solutions that offer the most convenience to your household. Thanks to these solutions, we managed to say goodbye to the potty days, buckets, and other ways of collecting & disposing of home sewage. A healthy system contributes to a healthy environment and will ensure that every shower you take, washing-up you do, and every use of the toilet will be stress-free and smoothly flowing. If the system of your new home is outdated, damaged, or just simply not fit for the home, you could be facing some major issues down the line, and you could be endangering the environment around you, including your family’s health.

What Happens if the Drains are not Working Properly in a House?

Although this is probably the last thing you want to do on your home maintenance bucket list, if the drains are not functioning correctly, they will soon become clogged, smelly, damaged or even burst! This can result in damaging your home’s foundations, the building material can deteriorate, and it could even cause rodent infestation down the line. Not the most ideal guests for your housewarming. Once the damage is done, you will likely have to replace parts of your drainage system and even make adjustments and repairs to the structure of your home. To avoid all of the headaches, it’s time to find out how you can ensure that the wastewater system of your potential home is up to scratch.

Top 5 signs to look out for when checking the drains system of your home :

Back-flowing water: this is a very easy-to-spot issue, and it usually is accompanied by a foul smell. This is a sign of a failing system, and to find out exactly where the underlying problem is, contact a professional drains company that will be able to assist you in finding the problem.

Smelly Kitchen Sink: this is a classic problem, and most of the time it’s a case that can be resolved very easily. Due to the food build-up in your sink, this unpleasant odor will eventually release, and to solve this problem, your kitchen sink’s drains will need to be cleaned. If you find that other drains allow a bad smell, it might be time to get in touch with a professional as this will likely be a bigger problem.

Slow-moving water: It may feel like it, but blocked drains do not happen over time. An early sign showcasing that a problem is arising is slow-moving water.  If you find that this is the case at any of your drains, then it’s time to take preventative action.

The above points are handy tips on what you can look out for without calling a professional to inspect the wastewater system of your potential new house. If you are looking for a more detailed inspection, our team is more than happy to help you ensure that your new home is truly a great investment by carrying out drainage CCTV surveys, and other high-level services such as septic tank maintenance.

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