Using Video Inspections for Sewer Repair

sewer repair made easier with video pipe inspection technology.

Modern technology has changed the sewer repair process for the better. Back in the day, a full sewer line excavation was always necessary in order to fix a sewage line. However, it’s now possible to isolate the problem or to repair it from the inside instead of tearing down an entire area of land in order to fix a sewer. Previously, the land would get destroyed and the process would take a lot longer than expected since we did not have a camera to utilize that would look inside the pipe to diagnose the problem. Thankfully, new advancements have come for in-line plumbing technology, and Riley Plumbing and Heating occupies just that. How are these camera’s used, however? Find out more and understand what goes into a camera inspection for sewer repair.

Modern Sewer Repair Services with Riley Plumbing and Heating

In-line sewer video cameras offer so many benefits for our plumbers. We are able to determine the nature of a line blockage, and whether it is caused by roots, line separations, artificial material blockages, or material flow problems, we have the proper equipment now to figure out what’s going on with the sewer line and the extent of the damage. The cameras we use also help our plumbers prepare with the right equipment when dealing with sewer repair, such as high-pressure jet cleaning tools. The wrong tool has the potential to damage a pipe, but cameras allow us to confirm the conditions and the proper pressure to use each time. That is why you can trust us to assess the situation with our well-trained technicians.

What Happens When Cameras Aren’t Used

Not utilizing the benefits of a camera inspection can become costly for homeowners. A misjudgment of a line problem could end up in charges far beyond the line repair. This includes excavation, as well as problems with estimating the exact location of the issue. Accuracy is vital for all parties involved, and without camera inspections, a sewer repair can turn into a worse and bigger problem. That is why the main features of an in-line sewer camera are based on the apparatus itself. The data feed cable which comes in the form of an insulated and sealed fiber optic cable for heavy duty applications utilizes a LED lighting mechanism at the end of the camera to light up the details. The video monitor above ground which allows plumbers to see things in real time will also record for review and analysis.

Critical Parts of the Camera

Camera: The most important part of the entire in-line sewer camera system is the camera head. It’s the most expensive component in the setup and the part that captures the most critical information for a sewer repair. It is also sensitive and very easy to damage. An untrained plumber or technician who uses the camera with fairly little experience can do a lot of damage to it and potentially cause an additional major blockage if the camera is forced through the line. Not only will that ruin the entire purpose of the effort, but it will also damage all the information captured for the sewer repair. That’s why the best technicians use a very light approach, working slowly and methodically. Similar to how the technicians here at Riley Plumbing and Heating work when utilizing cameras.

Cabling: Attached to the camera is the fiber optic cabling, which is shielded in an industrial sheath wrapping so materials or moisture found in the sewer line don’t damage the fiber itself. It’s also designed for an easy clean so that equipment can be quickly sanitized before packing it away. The cabling uses a large wheel assembly for protected storage when it’s not being used and the fiber optics allow significant data transfer from camera to the monitor.

LED Lighting: Attached to the top of the camera apparatus is a sealed LED lighting unit which provides focused illumination. The LED light provides enough light for the camera to pick up detail and show clarity. It will even color what is in front of it, and with good practice, the lighting and image give technicians enough to see what’s happening with the sewer line. They are then able to navigate the issues for the sewer repair.

Monitor: The monitor is the display that the technician watches and records during the camera inspection. Directly connected to the cabling, the monitor will show in detail and in real time what is happening in front of the unit. Some advances units will also display various sensor data such as temperature and humidity. This type of technology is used by archaeologists and law enforcement – pretty impressive considering we’re using the same technology to benefit you and your home!

Camera inspections are vital when conducting a sewer repair – find out what’s causing sewage problems and contact Riley Plumbing and Heating today!