There are a number of standard publications available to drainage contractors who carry out site investigations, CCTV surveys and repair work:
- The Manual of Sewer Condition Classification 5th Edition (available from WRc PLC)
- The Drain Repair Book 3rd Edition (available from WRc PLC)
- An Inspector’s Guide to Sewerage Law 3rd Edition (available from nhbs)
These publications are industry standards and provide excellent reference material for any drainage contractor.
If you are carrying out CCTV surveys then your reports should comply with MSCC5 – if your customer requires your report to conform to a standard. This does not mean you have to use a software application, although you will find that reporting software should conform to the standard and will streamline your workflow. Viewline does just that and was designed by people that actually have experience in the drainage industry.
Extremely useful information on drainage law and correct repair options is available in the Drain Repair Book and the Inspectors Guide. You should also be referring to Part H of the Building Regs.
If you have these publications then you have the information required to complete your work with a degree of knowledge that any professional in this line of work should have. Back this up with certified training (the NADC Certified Drain Surveyors course) and you have the competency that a lot of clients are now looking for.
Quote from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors property magazine:
“A property survey will typically cover the interior, exterior, services (i.e. gas, electrics and water) and the surrounding grounds. Drainage surveys, in the form of CCTV investigation, are also regularly recommended, especially if there are signs of movement or damp. Some surveyors recommend these as a matter of course because drains are difficult to survey without the correct equipment or expertise. This additional work is normally completed by specialist competent drainage contractors.It is important that drainage surveyors are aware of pollution issues and current guidance, such as the 5th edition of the Manual of sewer condition classification. The use of industry standardreporting software should also be encouraged to ensure the CCTV condition report provides adequate images, defect grading and colour coding to comply with water industry specifications.Importantly, this should make it easy for the customer and/or surveyor to understand and use.“