Home Buyer Surveys
Our Off Mains Drainage Home Buyer Surveys can supply peace of mind for home buyers
For clients looking to buy a property which is off-mains, we attend site and carry out a full off mains drainage survey and inspection of the existing arrangements and then report back our findings in accordance with current Environment Agency and Building Regulations.
In this way, you can determine if you are buying into a problematic site which may not at first glance be evident.
Off-Mains Drainage Surveys
We have extensive experience of carrying out surveys for homes off grid.
WES Limited offer surveys for both home buyer and seller to provide a detailed understanding of the existing off-mains drainage system in place covering its operation, condition and compliance with both current and proposed legislation.
This means that prior to sale or purchase, all parties are in no doubt as to the current position and the potential cost of repair or replacement if required, avoiding delays in the sale and unexpected costs. Just contact us & we’ll be delighted to give you a free, no-obligation quote for this service.
Off Mains Drainage is required when a property is not connected to the main sewage system network. This can apply to all manner of properties and situations: from residential to commercial and agricultural, to home owners or home buyers.
Septic tanks and other related surveys are essential when buying your new home or other type of property. We can find issues that normal home buyer surveyors can’t always detect. These jobs require a specialist off mains drainage surveyor and that’s us. This is one area where you really don’t want to cut corners and face the possibility of a large bill later down the line. So it makes sense to establish your peace of mind, knowing that not only the house, but also the off mains drainage has been fully surveyed and deemed fit for use.
Off grid home sellers surveys
Frequently Asked Question
If you are buying a home off grid, we offer full off mains drainage surveys.
In addition we can arrange for a tanker to be in attendance to empty the septic tank so that we can conduct a structural survey of the inside. However, this is not normally required unless we find issues that warrant it…
If you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface water (stream, ditch etc) you will need to replace or upgrade your treatment system by 1 January 2020. Where properties with septic tanks that discharge directly to surface water are sold before 1 January 2020, responsibility for the replacement or upgrade of the existing treatment system should be addressed between the buyer and seller as a condition of sale. If the Environment Agency finds evidence that your septic tank discharging to a surface water is causing pollution, you will need to replace or upgrade your system earlier than 1 January 2020. You will usually have to do this within 1 year, although this will be agreed on a case-by-case basis.
You can read the more on the Environmental Agency website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water