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A Drain Survey when cameras cannot be used

Updated: Feb 24

Having provided over 45,000 CCTV drain surveys in London and the surrounding areas, the engineers at Drainsmart have assisted a lot of customers with their drainage issues. This large amount of jobs also means we have visited a vast array of property types.



A standard drain survey will involve CCTV cameras being inserted into the pipes, in order to record footage of the inside, which can then be examined and actioned upon. There may be times that cameras cannot be used/inserted, in which case, Drainsmart are able to offer an alternative.


What is Fluorescein Dye Testing?


Sometimes it is the case that the configuration of the drainage system stops the camera from passing through the pipework and if this happens where we are unsure if a certain part of the drainage connects to the underground system, a small amount of coloured dye is dropped into the system to see if it is connected in an unseen run.


This advanced form of drain testing is not something a local handyman or even other drainage companies in London can offer. If you think cameras cannot be used on your drains, speak to our friendly team and we will be happy to discuss the options available to you.


Other options may include:


  • Hydraulic Water Test

  • Electronic Sonde Tracing


You can find out more about our services, by visiting our CCTV Drain Survey in London page. There you will see more information about what’s involved, what might be found, and how we can help you solve any problems.


If you would like to book a time for a Drainsmart engineer to come to your property and perform a survey on your drains, the quickest way is to call our team on 0800 7 40 80 40.


Alternatively, you can send a message through our contact form at the bottom of the page - our team are still working during the current UK lockdown caused by COVID-19. We will be happy to help you with any drain repairs or issues needed during this time, as we are classed as an essential service.

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