Video Inspection and Underground Leak and Line Detection
A video inspection of the pipe allows for a real-time visual inspection of underground sewer lines and other piping. This method uses a camera to determine the state inside the pipe. For instance, in order to inspect the pipe a fiber optic cable is first inserted. It records the findings as the cable is pushed through. After which, the camera transmits video images to the operator. If any problems are found, the operator then diagnoses the issue. Finally, the operator will save the video inspection as a permanent record.
Video cameras help to spot any pipe damage or clogs. These clogs can stop proper flow or create few, at times recurrent backups. The cameras serve a vital role in verifying that the lines are clean and the clog removed. Usually, a certified plumber must perform an inspection in order to check the condition of the pipe.
Video camera inspections can spot problems like:
- Broken, cracked or collapsed pipe – damaged pipes needing repair or replacement.
- Offset pipe – sewer pipes have become misaligned due to shifting soil, frozen ground, settling, etc.
- Blockage – grease buildup or a foreign object is slowing down or blocking proper flow and/or cleaning of the line.
- Corrosion – the pipe has decayed and/or broken down, causing sections to fall apart and restrict water flow.
- Bellied pipe – a section of the pipe has sunk due to the current state of the ground or soil, thus creating a valley that collects paper and waste.
- Leaking joints – the seals between pipes have broken, allowing water to escape into the area around the pipe.
- Root infiltration – tree or shrub roots have invaded the sewer line, blocking normal clean up and/or roots have caused pipe damage.
- Off-grade pipe – existing pipes may have corroded over time, due to the use of old or cheap supply.