Most professionals make use of technology when diagnosing sewer backups and sewer pipe damage. That being stated, it is a good idea for property owners to know exactly what a video pipe sewer inspection is, and how they work just in case a sewer problem happens to suddenly occur. It also makes a lot of sense to schedule a video inspection of your sewer system on a regular basis as part of your property maintenance plan. So without further ado, the following information will present you with an explanation of how video pipe sewer inspection actually works.

Why Have A Video Pipe Sewer Inspection At Your Property?

The purpose of a sewer camera is to provide technicians with the ability to see exactly what is causing a backup or blockage within your sewer pipes without the need to dig up the yard or simply guessing what the issue is. This can save property owners thousands of dollars in repair costs if the problems are minor. Sewer cameras are also used to perform regularly scheduled visual inspections of the sewer system in order to confirm that the system is working properly, or that there are undiscovered issues that need to be repaired. When issues are discovered by the video inspection, often times they are caught in time to be repaired before a major problem occurs.

How Video Pipe Sewer Inspections Work

The concept is a fairly simple one that utilizes video camera technology.

A tiny, flexible sewer camera is attached to a snake-like cable that a highly trained and experienced technician feeds through the sewer pipe until it reaches the cause of the clog, or break in the line. In the case of a regularly scheduled inspection for maintenance purposes, the same method is used. The difference being that the camera operator feeds the cable through the entire system and hopes not to find any clogs or breaks.

If an problem is discovered, a radio transmitter on the camera records the physical location of the line and depth from the surface, telling the technician exactly where the blockage or break is, and what work needs to be performed in order to fix it.

The Types Of Issues That A Video Pipe Sewer Inspection Uncovers

Tree Root Infiltrations

These are most common with old pipes made out of clay, cast iron, or other porous materials. Tree roots seek out water sources as they grow, and if they find a crack in your sewer pipe, they will grow into it to get to the water inside.

Broken, Cracked, Or Collapsed Pipes

Since the camera feeds along the pipe itself, the technician will be able to tell if the pipe has collapsed, shifted, or become damaged.

Major Blockages

Sometimes your pipes are in perfect condition, but years of sending things down the pipes that should go in the trashcan has caused a buildup of grease, paper, and other gunk.

Bellied Or Sagging Sewer Lines

When a section of the sewer pipe begins to sag, waste gets caught in the bellied section—resulting in repeat blockages.

In conclusion, if the drains in your home, commercial property, or industrial building are backing up, or you notice puddles of sewage collecting on the ground, it is time to have a professional video pipe sewer inspection. In addition, you should seriously consider scheduling an inspection on a regular basis in order to avoid sudden problems. If you have any questions or would like to schedule service we are happy to help. Jolin Paving & Excavating, Inc. is your New England connection for a vast variety of environmentally related services. Our company has been serving Boston Massachusetts, Southern NH, VT & ME as well as Northern CT & RI since 1952. Please Contact us to learn more today.