In the case of video pipe inspection for plumbers, a camera is lowered into the bowels of the sewer or water pipeline labyrinth. Arriving at the point of blockage the camera informs the technician as too the exact status of the pipe or sewer and where the problem lies. Sewers and pipes typically are placed way below the surface of the earth and are surrounded by trees and foliage. With time, tree-roots and creeper plants start to grow either into the pipe or around the pipes. Either way, they slowly but surely start to break the structure of the sewer or water pipe. These plants remain invisible underground while doing their silent damage. A video pipe inspection, when done with care, caution and patience helps detect the problem in its entirety and a complete and comprehensive solution to such problems is found and implemented for lasting results. Besides blockage by trees and plants, there are other issues a sewer or water pipe goes through including rust, mud, sludge, oil-based kitchen waste etc. These are among the issues which either block the sewer or water pipes or cause it to rupture prematurely.
Another aspect is that we might not know the exact location of the blockage and could end-up digging the entire length of the sewer pipe from end to end which would be a waste of time, money and of course, the appearance. With video pipe inspection, the same can be done with minimum invasiveness while knowing where exactly where the problem lies. Sometimes, there may be just no reason to dig, cut or break anything. A simple jet spray at the blockage may do the job. With the video pipe inspection, costs and hassles can be reduced to a minimum!
Way before the video pipe-inspection methodology came about, the only way to inspect and know for sure what the problem was to manually explore down into the pipes, a potentially dangerous situation given that these pipes are full of the worst kinds of toxins and a storehouse of some of the most toxic of gases which besides being flammable, can easily cause harm to you and your family. With regular maintenance including video pipe inspections, the plumbing technician can ascertain what the problem is and can plan to take the right steps. Speaking of inconvenience, most homes in the US which has independent sewer systems have large gardens, pools, outhouses and the like. Imagine having to rip these apart just to locate a problem with the sewer line laid below! And what if the problem turns out to be way less significant than all the destruction it entailed? You would end up having to spend significantly more on something which called for a significantly less.
Upon getting a client’s request to locate a supposed sewer line leak which escapes normal over ground detection, our team reaches the site with our equipment and from the opening provided by a manhole drain cover or other inlet, insert an inspection rod which has a special camera attached to it.
The camera thus attached has high resolution and is attached to a recorder by a fiber optic cable for interruption-free high-resolution images. This camera is best suited for the job in terms of durability which means it is waterproof, shock and scratch resistant. In addition, the camera has a 360-degree swivel head to record pictures in every direction. The camera and cable on their part, are latched on to a motorized tray with small wheels which on its part is attached to a flexible cable which makes movements easy especially in tight spaces, turns and corners.
When turned on, the tray with the camera moves ahead while the camera sends live video footage of the entire sewer pipe from every angle. Our personnel above the pipe get clear video and still images of the conditions existing in the sewer line which include existing problems and potential ones. The footage thus received is stored on the computer to be shown to the home owner and to chart the future course of action. Also, the video pipe-inspection unit transmits its position relative to everything around it. Where it stops moving, and on the basis of the photographs it generates, our personnel can make a decision regarding the future course of action which could alternate between digging a hole and blasting the obstruction with jet spray.
Besides giving the location of obstructions, holes and leaks, a video inspection of sewer pipes helps in the following ways: