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The Various Methods Used in Pipe Inspection

When was the last time you physically examined your drain or sewer pipes? Probably not any time recently, right? Most people don’t make a habit of digging up their sewer system to make sure that it’s in good condition. That’s why pipe inspection is used. Pipe inspection is a vital part of keeping your drain and sewer system in good condition, because it allows you to identify problems with your pipes. Without it, your only feasible option for repairing issues would be to wait for them to manifest obvious symptoms before taking action. That would give the problems much more time to develop, which would mean more repair costs.

There are a wide range of different pipe inspection methods used across the country today, each of which is useful in a different set of circumstances. Which method is used is up to the plumber handling your system, of course, but it’s still a good idea to know a bit about how they work.

Pushcam Inspections

A pushcam inspection is the simplest, and most popular method for conducting a pipe inspection. The system consists of a camera attached to a long cord. The camera is pushed through the pipe that requires inspection, sending a live video feed back down the cord to the plumber operating it. This is a quick and easy way to get a good look at what’s going on in the pipe, though it’s not the best for every situation. Pushcams have no real way to maneuver in the pipe, so if there is a branch line that needs examination this method would not work.

Lateral Launch Cameras

A lateral launch camera is used when a problem is suspected in a branch line, or when the system needs to be more thoroughly inspected than by just viewing the mainline. A lateral launch camera is pushed through the main line, just like a pushcam, until it reaches the branch that needs inspecting. The system can then launch a second camera into the branch line in order to continue the inspection. This is a popular method for getting a clearer picture of the overall health of the pipe.

Solo Robot Cameras

The most recent method for conducting pipe inspections is solo robots. These machines are not physically manipulated by the operator during the inspection procedure. Instead, they are programmed with the desired parameters for the pipe they’re going to be used in, and then deployed to act out their orders on their own. Solo robots continually send video and other information back to the plumber, but the plumber doesn’t need to actively give it instructions for the duration of the inspection. Once the pipe inspection is complete, the robot wheels itself to the nearest location where it can be retrieved.

Pipeworks, Inc. offers a full range of video pipe inspection services in Bloomington, IL. If you need pipe inspection services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure that your pipes are in good shape.

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