Inspection of your drainage system is as important as any other building inspection, residential, commercial, or otherwise. It ensures safety and helps cut down on damage and costly repairs. Before the inspector arrives, it’s helpful to understand what they look for. Here is the drainage system inspection assessment checklist many inspectors use you can reference.
- Check for clogs on surface drains and the condition of grates
- Look for erosion, water pooling, channels created by water flow, and soil erosion
- Identify insects and other pests, oil, and foul odors
- Ensure there isn’t a buildup of trash or debris
- Check for clogging at system outlets
- Look for evidence of mowing and clearing of grass, weeds, and other plantings
- Inspect the system and components for damage
- Identify any connections that don’t meet code
- Look for sediment accumulation in the basins
Inspectors may also use camera systems to inspect the pipes and underground parts of the drain system. The cameras help give them a view of what they can’t see above ground with a physical inspection. Some of the things they look for are blockages caused by industrial, liquid, food, plant, and sanitary waste. Engineers can evaluate what they see, write up a report, and recommend updates, repairs, or next steps.
Drainage system inspections are critical to ensure you don’t end up with floods, leaks, or property damage. Contact W.P. Law, Inc. today for everything you need to know about drainage systems and how to prep for your inspection.