We’ve come a long way since the days of physically digging up plumbing pipes in order to locate a problem. Today, inspections are done with a video line camera which provides a visual inspection of sewer lines or other underground pipes located in cement or under the foundation.
This specialized camera sits at the end of a flexible rod. The rod travels through pipes, providing real-time video image transmission. The camera records the physical location and depth of any blockage, corrosion, grease buildup, leaks, and broken or collapsed pipes.
If you notice you have repeated drain line backups, slow drains or frequent clogs, an inspection is a good idea. Pinpointing the problem area saves you from having to unnecessarily replace pipes. Inspections can also be helpful in finding valuables that may have slipped down the drain.
Once the problem has been identified, there are generally two solutions. For cleaning out sludge and debris buildup, a process called Hydro Jetting uses high speed / high pressure water to clear blockages in pipe systems.
For broken or collapsed lines that need to be replaced, the camera makes locating the pipe much easier, resulting in a faster repair process. Once the service has been performed, repeat the camera line inspection to be sure the problem is fixed.
Recorded images can be saved for permanent records. It’s also a good idea to have an inspection done before buying a home to ensure there are no major problems.
If you suspect a problem, or need an inspection for other reasons, give us a call. All Pro Plumbing Services are available in Osceola County, Seminole County and Orange County, Florida.
- Published in Tips of the Trade