WHAT IS VIDEO CAMERA INSPECTION?
Video camera inspection equipment allows for a visual inspection of underground sewer lines and other piping, determining the condition inside the pipe. It allows a unique underground view of the pipes without excavating.
Video cameras may be used to identify obstructions and damage that inhibit proper flow or create occasional or repeated backups. The camera also verifies that obstructions have been removed and that the lines are clean following service. The condition of a drain line typically cannot be determined without a visual inspection using an in-line camera.
HOW DO YOU CONDUCT A VIDEO CAMERA INSPECTION?
- A flexible rod with a specially designed, waterproof video camera on its tip is inserted into the pipe for inspection. As the rod is pushed through the pipe, the high-resolution video camera records its progress and findings. Video images are transmitted to the camera operator via a closed-circuit TV screen. Images can be saved onto videotape or DVD for a permanent record and can also be audio documented.
VIDEO CAMERA INSPECTIONS IDENTIFY THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS:
- Cracked, broken, or collapsed pipe – damaged pipes requiring repair or replacement.
- Offset pipe – misaligned sewer pipes due to shifting soil, frozen ground, settling, etc.
- Blockage – grease buildup, roots, or a foreign object prohibiting or restricting proper flow
- Corrosion – deteriorated or broken pipes, causing collapses in the line and restricting flow.
- Bellied pipe – a sunken section of pipe due to ground or soil conditions, creating a valley that collects paper and waste
- Leaking joints – seals between pipes break, allowing water to escape into the area surrounding the pipe.
- Root infiltration – tree or shrub roots have infested the sewer line, preventing normal cleaning and/or have damaged the line.
- Off-grade pipe — existing pipes are constructed of substandard material that may have deteriorated or corroded through time
HOW CAN I SAVE MONEY?
The ability to perform a video camera inspection pinpoints the exact diagnoses of pipeline problems. This eliminates guesswork, which can save you valuable time, money, and unnecessary digging expenses.