Why the Pipe Camera Is So Useful for Inspecting Sewer Pipes

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If there is a blockage or damage in one of your plumbing pipes, you can either dig out the pipes or inspect them with a pipe camera. Read on to learn more about this simple form of pipe damage diagnosis:

The Gadget

The pipe camera is small enough to fit within the narrow diameters of residential sewer pipes. The camera is equipped with a bright light to illuminate the darkened interiors of these lights so that the inspector can see the cause of the blockage. Some of the cameras are also equipped with radio transmitters that record and transmit signals that can be used to determine the depth of the camera at any particular time. That way you can pinpoint the exact depth of the blockage before digging.

The Inspection

To use the pipe camera, you first attach it to a flexible rod so that you can maneuver the camera through bends and into different nooks and crannies. After that, you thread the camera through the pipe being inspected and observe the images on a screen in real time. 

The Problems It Can Detect

Since the camera gives a real-time video of the pipe being inspected, it can reveal the condition of the pipe plus any damage that can be captured on video. This means you can use it to detect damages such as corrosion, punctured sections of the pipe, blockages within the pipe, and even bent or cracked sections of the pipe.

The Benefits

The benefits of this type of inspection are numerous. Here are just a few of them:

  • No messy digging – This method eliminates the need for traditional pipe inspection which involved digging up pipes to find the cause of a blockage or leakage.
  • Safety – Using the pipe camera is safe because you just thread the camera (attached to a flexible rod) through the pipe; this eliminates the risk of damaging an underground utility line or even getting shocked by a buried power line.
  • Fast – Compare the time needed to dig up and replace pipes with the time needed for pipe camera inspection; the latter is obviously faster.
  • Cost effective –Due to the reduced inspection time and other benefits, sewer line camera inspection is usually cheaper than traditional forms of pipe inspection.

Therefore, the next time you are having problems with your sewer pipes, consider using a camera to inspect the lines. The good news is that you don't even have to buy the camera; there are rental agencies like USA Borescopes that can loan them to you at a small fee.

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