Dealing with any problem in the sewer area of your plumbing system usually spells disaster. These pipes run a pretty considerable distance underground, leading to significant challenges when the pipes need servicing.
Taking care of these systems isn’t quite as easy as running a snake or pressure plunger down a drain and blasting the problem out. Accessing these pipes requires removing large amounts of the earth via bulldozer – and this just gets you to the access point.
One technology can prevent a lot of the hassle associated with diagnosing issues with sewer lines. It sounds like something out of a video game, but the process is very real.
The process consists of using equipment that performs a job described by the name – a video line inserted into sewer pipes to monitor any challenges in these larger, longer, underground pipe systems. This allows workers to get a sneak peek at exactly what’s going on inside of these critical sections of pipe.
Fiber-optic cameras are attached to flexible rods that are bendable enough to snake their way through these long series of pipes. As these rods work their way through these long, intricate systems of underground pipes, they capture a high-resolution video of everything that’s going on inside of the pipes.
The video is transmitted back to the camera operator, who can save the footage to a hard drive for later viewing and additional inspection. This video feed allows for a more efficient diagnosis of things that might be obstructing these pipes, as well as an accurate reading of depth and specific location, so workers know exactly where they need to begin repairs.
Besides efficient diagnostic work, these high-quality pipe cameras are used for another reason that keeps workers and residents much safer in the areas that are impacted.
Whenever there are gas lines or other hazardous conditions that exist, these cameras present a much safer work environment and pose a lower risk to residents in the area. Cameras allow for an up-close view of exactly what’s going on before putting actual humans into harm’s way.
This also ensures the area isn’t disturbed until workers know exactly what they’re dealing with.
Could this technology be a preview of what’s to come in the future for the world of plumbing? There are several more industries that could become safer and more efficient by taking advantage of this technology.
Only time will tell what the future holds. Until then, it’s certainly making an otherwise dirty job much easier and cleaner for all parties involved! Contact the specialist here at Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing for all your sewer needs. We have specials on video line inspections and can be at your home in a timely fashion