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Drainage Search.



The drainage search checks for the provision and location of drainage around the property.


The Drainage Search.


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The drainage search will show the position of mains drainage for water and sewage in relation to the property being purchased.

The report itself normally includes a map of the property showing any significant drainage structures nearby.

  The drainage search report.

The information provided in drainage search report will normally come form the local water company and can be packaged and presented to the solicitor by a private company specialising in this type of services.

The drainage report normally includes a coded plan of the mains drainage surrounding the property and will indicate the type of foul water drainage associated with the property. For example the drainage search should indicate whether the property has a cesspool or septic tank, and if it’s shared who’s responsible for the maintenance.

If you’re planning to extend the drainage search report should highlight any issues relating to build location and viability of the proposed extension. The drainage search will also indicate whether the property is billed for water and waste water services using a water meter and whether the property has a private water supply.



The drainage search normally takes about a week to turn around.


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