What Homeowners need to know about Video Pipe Inspection   Share

by Greg Smith, Roto-Rooter of Mobile

As a homeowner, it’s important for you to be aware of the technological advances that make it easier and more affordable for you to take care of the various maintenance tasks necessary to keep all of the systems in your home functioning as effectively as possible.

That’s why it’s important for you to educate yourself about video plumbing pipe inspection. Being aware of this increasingly popular technology can help you deal with any residential plumbing problems you experience as fast and inexpensively as possible.

Pinpoint Problems with Video Technology
While, of course, it’s natural to hope that you never find yourself having to deal with a blocked, damaged or broken plumbing pipe, it’s a fact that these situations are ones that homeowners do often find themselves having to face. It’s also true that plumbing problems don’t always occur in locations that are easily accessible and that it can take a bit of detective work to even find out exactly where these types of problems are located.

Fortunately, thanks to advances in video pipe inspection technology, you can utilize the services of a professional plumber to help diagnose the nature and precise location of just about any home plumbing problem you may experience with minimal disruption. If you choose a plumber who has the right type of video pipe inspection equipment, this can be done fairly quickly and affordably – and without having to dig up your yard to diagnose the problem.

Instead of looking for plumbing problems using a search and destroy approach that can, quite literally, destroy your landscaping, video pipe inspection is a much less disruptive option. Plumbers who use video technology insert a specially made camera into the affected pipe and simply pushes it along until the problem is found.

The plumber can be certain of the exact spot of the blockage or broken pipe because a device called a sonde that emits an electronic signal is attached to the camera. The plumber uses a locator device that picks up the signal and is therefore able to pinpoint the precise location of the problem, which is where the signal is at its strongest.

Carry Out Repairs with Minimal Disruptions
When the problem area is identified, the area is marked/painted with in X on the ground, so any digging necessary to perform the plumbing pipe repair can be carried out with minimal disruption to the surrounding area. This is much faster – and less expensive – that other methods of plumbing problem identification – both key benefits to busy, budget-conscious homeowners who want to keep their homes running as smoothly as possible at all times.

About the Author
Greg Smith is President of Roto-Rooter of Mobile, Alabama http://rotorootermobile.com/. The company provides industrial, commercial and residential plumbing repair services, including video pipe inspection, throughout Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties in Alabama.