The thought of dealing with a clogged drain is something that most businesses and homeowners dread. Clogged drains were something that, in the past, was very expensive to deal with.
The introduction of CCTV drain cameras has enabled plumbers to find blocked drains without digging. The tiny cameras pinpoint the exact location of the clog, so plumbers can remove it quickly.
Interested in learning more about how these amazing pieces of equipment work? Let's get started!
Drain And Sewer CCTV Cameras To Help Locate Pipe Blockages And Damage
While they may seem quite complicated at first, the CCTV cameras used for inspecting the sewers are pretty simple to use. The cameras for inspecting the pipes are typically attached at one end of a long push cable. Subsequently, the length of this cable determines how much of the sewer system you can access.
The camera head contains a CMOS or CCD sensor that captures a high-quality video feed. This feed subsequently allows the plumber to identify the problem. It can also include an infrared sensor for more thorough surveillance.
In addition, there is a high-intensity light attached alongside the camera head so that the dark pipes are sufficiently illuminated. This light source is typically an LED bulb, which provides relatively bright illumination.
The video feed captured by the camera is sent back via the cable to a display or storage device. Your plumber or other qualified technicians will then inspect it to identify faults or blockages.
Now, let’s talk about how to go about the overall process.
1. Identification Of The Problem
If you suspect that your sewer is blocked or damaged, you should first attempt to identify where the problem is. Check if any of the fixtures in your house have water backing up. That will help you to narrow down the problem. However, if you notice water backing up in all fixtures, you probably have a blockage in the main drainage pipe.
You should check for any plants growing near water pipes or supply lines since the roots of these plants can also cause damage to pipes. Once you have confirmed the presence of a problem, it’s time to move to the next step.
2. Accessing The Pipes
The sewer systems in most buildings have at least one access point above the ground. These access points are typically located in the yard or the basement, which you or your plumber can access to begin the video surveillance. You should insert the CCTV camera through the access point once you find it.
3. Monitoring And Evaluation
Once the CCTV camera has been inserted, the monitoring can begin. The cables used for these cameras are pretty long and flexible so that you can conveniently look around bends and junctions. Use these cables to push the camera deeper into the drainage pipes.
The video feed recorded by the camera can be viewed in real-time on a display screen, or your plumber can record it for further analysis. Regardless, once the blockage or damage has been detected, you can proceed with a possible remedy to resolve the issue.
Advantages Of Using Drain And Sewer CCTV Cameras
Using CCTV cameras to detect damages and clogs in pipes has obvious advantages over conventional detection methods. We have listed some of the most significant benefits of this method below.
CCTV cameras are faster and way more efficient than conventional methods of detecting damages or clogs in pipes. In addition, they are pretty accurate in detecting problems within the pipe network, which is typically not possible if conventional methods are used.
2. Less Invasive
Traditionally, you would be required to dig up the ground so that the pipes can be manually inspected. That can create quite a mess, and the excavation itself can cause damage to the pipes if not adequately supervised.
Therefore, using a CCTV camera is way less invasive for detecting sewer pipes issues than such methods. There is no need to dig up the ground when using CCTV cameras, making monitoring the pipes easier and more convenient.
Since there is no need to excavate the ground (which can be a costly affair), CCTV cameras are incredibly cost-effective than traditional inspection methods. The only cost you need to bear is buying the camera setup.
While it may seem a pretty expensive investment at first, it is better for the long run.
CCTV Camera Inspections For Your Blocked Drains
And that is all we have to say about using drain and sewer cameras to inspect your pipes. A clogged or damaged pipe is a serious safety issue, so it is in your best interest to resolve it quickly.
But first, a thorough inspection of your sewer system is necessary to determine any possible remedies. CCTV cameras come in handy, as they can accurately detect any issue that may be present within your drainage system more conveniently and efficiently.
That being said, it is time for us to sign off. Here’s a bit of advice: when choosing between a high-end and low-cost camera, weigh the pros and cons of each. And consider factors such as the type of application, frequency of use, specifications, and availability of spare parts.
Please reach out to us if you need an experienced plumber in Sydney to conduct a CCTV camera inspection of your drains. The professionals at FTD Pipe Relining specialise in removing and repairing blockages to ensure your plumbing runs smoothly all year long!
Until we meet again, take care!