How Does Sewer Camera Inspection Work?

With modern technology, professional plumbers can now use sewer camera inspection to check for sewer problems. Let's face it: sewer problems are a nightmare for every homeowner. It is not just one of the most intrusive repair jobs out there, but you also have no control over it. You cannot exactly protect an underground pipe from damage. In this article, you will learn about how sewer camera inspection works and how it has helped to replace “trenching” sewer repair.

How the sewer camera inspection works

The inspection cameras are built specifically to be inserted right into the sewer. The fiberoptic camera is almost as big as a smartphone camera and connects to a long, bendable metal cable. The cable is inserted into the sewer, with the camera head first, as it is with the plumber’s snake or rooting machine. The camera will be controlled remotely with small motors inside the cable. The cable unwinds from a long coil as the camera descends further into the sewer.

As the camera progresses into the sewer, the professional technician will watch the images in real-time. Aside from the motors that control movement and power supply, the cable has electrical wiring that connects it to a mini closed-circuit display. The cable device has powerful lights on its end to light up the sewer and make the contents of the pipe visible on the screen. The plumber moves the camera slowly through the sewer, detecting possible issues using the display.

The application of sewer inspection cameras

The sewer inspection camera has several applications. If the camera inspection will help the plumber avoid breaking up your flooring or tearing apart your lawn, then it will be used. The major point is to have a pipe or sewer opening wide enough to accommodate the camera device. An opening can be created if there is none.

The equipment can reveal most fractures, root damage, corrosion or breaks. The fix following this identification is based on the kind of problem. If the technician finds a clog caused by corrosion, tree roots or other materials, rooting machines or hydro-jetting cleaners will be used to blast it out. A resin-based Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) substance will be used to reseal the breakages or leaks. Bigger pipes may need pipe bursting technology. Regardless of the problem, the sewer camera inspection will help detect the problem so that the plumber can devise a solution.

What makes it effective?

Without the camera inspection, the only way to detect problems with the sewer pipes would be to dig down directly to the pipes. This process is slow, destructive, costly and demands a significant amount of guesswork. Since it will be hard to tell where the problem is, a trench will have to be dug until the issue is located.

In conclusion

Regardless of the kind of sewer or pipe issue you have, hiring a professional plumber is the most effective way to solve the problem. They will choose the most effective approach, including a sewer camera inspection to detect the cause of the problem, and devise a solution.

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