What is a water search when buying a house?

You’ve found your dream home and your offer has been accepted! Naturally, you’re keen to exchange contracts and hold your house keys for the very first time. But, before you get there, your mortgage lender will require you to carry out a few vital searches – one of which is a water search. 

Here’s everything you need to know.

What is a water search?

A water search is a type of investigation that occurs during the montage application process. It establishes:

  • Whether your home is metered for water and wastewater 
  • If your home is connected to a main water supplier and/or public sewer 
  • A map of sewers and water mains 
  • The water pressure and quality in your home 

Do I need to conduct a water search? 

Water searches are a mandatory part of the home purchasing process – and for a good reason! No one wants to move into their dream property only to find they aren’t connected to the local water mains. 

Plus, if your home contains a public water or drainage pipe, your local water authority will have the legal right to access it as necessary. Knowing this ahead of time is crucial to avoid upset and disruption later on. 

Who carries out a water search? 

As part of their duties, your conveyancer will arrange your water search for you, liaising with a local water company to conduct the inspection. They will also review the search results and provide expert advice about any issues identified.

Our expert conveyancing solicitors are here to help with your conveyancing searches. We can support you with the property purchasing process at every stage, right through to completion.  

Contact us today to find out more.