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Repairing Sewers with a Camera Inspection

camera inspection for sewer repair

Posted on April 30, 2017 by admin in Plumbing

The technology we use today, especially when conducting a camera inspection, can save us all so much time and money. Before we were able to use such devices, plumbers and technicians had to do a full sewer line excavation in order to fix a sewage line. It’s now easier than ever, though, to isolate the real reason for a backup, a clog, or damaged sewer or drain, without having to tear down an entire area of land. Before, we would experience a land area that would get destroyed and a longer more delayed process to fix a sewer since we did not have any cameras to use in order to look inside of a pipe and diagnose the problem. Thanks to new advancements, however, we can take care of in-line plumbing, and at Lake Cook Plumbing and Heating, we have just the right solution. How the cameras are used, is another entirely different process based on its parts and handling.

Conducting a Camera Inspection with Lake Cook

There are so many benefits to a camera inspection. With these devices, the plumbers and technicians here at Lake Cook can determine the nature of a line blockage and whether or not it is caused by roots, line separations, artificial material blockages, or material flow problems. Whatever the problem is, we have the proper equipment to figure out what exactly is going on with your sewer. We can also determine the extent of the damage, which helps us go a long way. The cameras we use help our technicians prepare with just the right equipment, like high-pressure jet cleaning tools. If the wrong tool is used for a damaged pipe, then a lot can go wrong, which is why all our plumbers are well-trained and experienced within the field. The camera inspection that we’ll conduct helps us confirm the conditions and the proper pressure to use for sewers each time. That is why you can trust the experts here at Lake Cook Plumbing and Heating to get the job done right.

What You’re Missing Without a Camera Inspection

When a plumber or technician doesn’t use a camera inspection to solve an issue a lot can go wrong with your sewer line. A misjudgment of a line problem could end up in costly repairs far beyond what you originally asked for. One consequence is an excavation since an estimation of where the problem lies was not determined. Accuracy is more than just a word when it comes to conducting sewer repair. Without a camera inspection, a sewer repair can turn into a much larger problem. Main features of an in-line sewer camera are based on the apparatus itself. The data feed cable, which you can see in the form of an insulated and sealed fiber optic cable for heavy duty services, uses a LED lighting tool at the end of the camera to light up the region in which you’re looking into. The video monitor above ground allows plumbers or technicians to see what’s happening on the line in real time. After, all the recordings from the camera inspection can be reviews and analyzed.

Main Features of the Camera

Camera: The most important part of a camera inspection is the camera head of course. It’s technically the most expensive part of the setup and is also the tool that captures the most important information for either a sewer or drain repair. Unfortunately, is also the most sensitive part and easy to damage. An untrained technician who uses the camera and has very little experience with it can harm your line and potentially cause an additional blockage if the camera if forced through the line. Not only will it defeat the purpose of fixing the line, but it will also ruin all the information that was previously captured for repair. That’s why some of the most experienced plumbers use a very light approach and work slowly and methodically when conducting a camera inspection.

Cabling: Attached to that delicate camera is the fiber optic cabling. It is shielded in an industrial sheath wrapping so that materials and moisture do not damage or stick to the cable. It is also designed for an easy to clean process so that the equipment can be quickly sanitized after using it. The cabling has a large wheel assembly for protected storage in case it isn’t being used, and when the inspection is over the fiber optics allow significant data transfer from the camera up to the monitor.

LED Lighting: The LED lighting unit provides focused illumination and is sealed and attached to the top of the camera apparatus. The LED light provides enough lighting for the camera to pick up any details and provides clarity. It even has a color to show a better angle of what’s in front of it, and for experienced plumbers, the lighting can give just enough of an image for technicians to see what’s going on with the sewer line. After that, they can navigate around the issues and conduct a sewer repair.

Monitor: The last but equally important piece is the monitor that provides a display for the technician to watch and record. The monitor is directly connected to the cabling and will show in great detail and in real time what is going on in front of the unit. Some newer components will even display various sensor data such as temperature and humidity.

Sewer repair does not have to become such a disaster with a camera inspection – reap the benefits and call Lake Cook Plumbing today for plumbing service!

 
 
 
 
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