Today’s technology has changed every industry in our society, and plumbing is no exception. Drain cleaning cameras and inspection technology helps us in three distinct ways:
- Before drain cleaning, it helps us locate and determine the extent of the problem, and define the course of action
- During drain cleaning, it allows us to determine progress
- After drain cleaning, it ensures the job was completed and the root of the problem is gone, creating a free-flowing pipe in return
An inspection camera has several key components: a cable reel, a pushrod, and the camera with a light source to illuminate the problem. Cameras typically have self-leveling functions that allow it to always show the water at the bottom in the correct orientation as it sits in the drain line. Additional accessories, such as DVD or CD recorders and sewer inspection software can help capture and report data even more effectively.
One key component of an effective system is equipment to locate a problem under a floor or below ground from a remote, above ground inspection point. This makes it easier and safer to locate potential problems without having to guess where the source really is. This can eliminate unnecessary digging, evacuating the wrong areas, or allowing a leak to continue for longer than it should, costing even more in repair costs down the road.
In the world of plumbing, one size doesn’t necessarily fit all, and it holds true when it comes to camera technology as well. Reels and camera sizes come in different sizes to be able to effectively get into different sized drain lines.
For example, a toilet or sink line can best be seen using a micro version designed for drain lines from 1 to 3 inches in diameter. The smaller cameras can navigate through smaller lines and toilet traps, and are also easier to adjust with smaller turning radius.
Lighter duty camera units typically weigh 7 to 11 pounds, while industrial technology often weighs in at 24 to 48 pounds and above. Most units today use LED lighting with 18 volt lithium-ion batteries that provide up to 5 hours of continuous inspection. Monitors come both in black and while or in color to make it possible to see and save information for future comparisons.
Statistics show that as many as one in four service calls require a second trip because the original problem wasn’t found and corrected the first time out. Which means more time and energy spent finding the problem and correcting the mess for you.
Traditional methods often don’t get to the root of the problem. With today’s technology, its easier than ever to find the source of the problem the first time, and eliminate it altogether.
If you have a clogged drain, give us a call today.