Drain Camera Inspections

What Is A Drain Camera?

When our plumbers are called to a job, they will visually inspect the drainage system to look for any obvious signs of problems. This might include checking for blockages, leaks, or other issues. If our plumbers can’t identify the problem through a visual inspection, they may use a drain camera to look closer at the inside of the drain or pipe. The camera allows us to see what is causing the problem and determine the best action to fix it. This can be especially useful for deep blockages inside the drainage system.

A drain camera is typically a small, waterproof camera that’s attached to the end of a flexible rod or cable. Sometimes people refer to drain inspection cameras as “drain snakes”; however, they are not the same. The “drain snake” is a long, flexible cable inserted into pipes and drains with a device on the end that can break up, grab onto or remove the blockages. They are called “drain snakes” due to their snake-like flexibility, function and appearance.

What Other Names Do People Call Drain Cameras?

Some other names for drain cameras include sewer cameras, pipeline cameras, and drain inspection cameras. These cameras are sometimes called CCTV cameras, which stand for closed-circuit television cameras. Plumbers use these cameras to inspect the inside of drains and pipes.

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When is a Drain Inspection Camera Useful in Residential and Commercial Plumbing?

Drain cameras can be useful in residential settings for inspecting and diagnosing problems with your home's drainage system. For example, suppose you are experiencing frequent blockages or backups in your drains. Our plumbers can use a drain inspection camera to quickly and easily identify the cause of the problem and plan the best course of action for fixing it.

Drain inspection cameras can be useful in commercial settings for large buildings with complex plumbing systems. For example, suppose a restaurant experiences a blockage in its grease trap. In that case, our plumbers can use a drain inspection camera to quickly locate the blockage and determine the best way to resolve it. This can minimise downtime and ensure that the plumbing system is running smoothly.

Sonar Drain Locators

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We often use sonar technology to locate and identify blockages or other problems in pipes. By sending sound waves through the pipes and measuring the time it takes to bounce back, we can create a map of the inside and pinpoint exactly where an issue is located. This can save time and effort when it comes to repairing or replacing pipes, as it allows us to focus our efforts on the specific area that needs attention. In addition, sonar technology can be used to locate underground pipes and other utilities, which can be especially helpful when planning renovations or new construction projects.

When would we use CCTV technology in conjunction with sonar technology?

While sonar technology can provide a general idea of the location and size of an issue within a pipe, CCTV technology allows plumbers to get a closer, more detailed look at the inside of the pipes. This can be especially useful for identifying the specific type of blockage or damage present in the pipes and assessing the pipes' overall condition.

In general, a residential plumber would use sonar technology to locate and identify potential problems within pipes and use CCTV technology to get a closer look and assess the nature and extent of the problem. Both technologies can be useful tools in identifying and repairing issues with pipes.

Do Drain Inspection Cameras Save You Money?

How do drain inspections save money for our customers?

CCTV drain cameras can save money for our customers in several ways. One of the main ways these cameras can save money is by allowing our plumbers to quickly and accurately diagnose the cause of a problem with a drainage system. This can save time and effort compared to older, more labour-intensive inspection methods, which can reduce the overall cost of the repair work.

Another way that drain cameras can also save money for our customers is by reducing downtime. Plumbing problems can cause significant disruptions to a home or business, resulting in lost productivity and revenue. Using a drain camera, we can more quickly diagnose and fix problems with your drainage system.

How long does the average call-out for a blocked drain usually take?

The average call-out time for a plumber to clear a blocked drain will vary depending on several factors, such as location and the severity of the blockage. Expert Plumbing can respond to a call-out for a blocked drain within a few hours and arrive at your location generally on the same day. We always have drain cameras with CCTV and drain snake cables in our trucks.

When Is The Best Time For A Drain Camera Inspection?

What are the early signs of a blocked drain you should act on?

There are several signs that you may have a blocked drain. Some of the most common signs include:

  • Frequent blockages or backups in your drains
  • Slow-draining sinks, showers, or bathtubs
  • Gurgling or bubbling noises coming from your pipes
  • Water or sewage that is backing up into your sinks, tubs, or showers
  • Strange smells coming from your drains
  • Overflowing toilets or sewage backup in your home or yard

If you notice any of these signs, you should call to arrange an inspection of your drains. We can use specialised tools, such as a drain camera, to diagnose the problem and recommend the best action to fix it. This can help prevent further damage to your plumbing system and ensure that your drains are functioning properly.

Drain Inspection Cameras

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Are there different types of drain cameras suited to different types of jobs?

Yes, different types of drain cameras are suited to different types of jobs. The type of drain camera best suited for a particular job will depend on several factors, such as the size and type of drain or pipe being inspected, the location of the blockage, and the type of equipment available.

Some of the different types of drain cameras that are available include push-rod cameras, lateral launch cameras, and self-levelling cameras. Push-rod cameras are typically the most basic and affordable type of drain camera and are well-suited for inspecting small- to medium-sized drains and pipes. Lateral launch cameras are more versatile and can navigate bends and turns in the drainage system, making them well-suited for inspecting larger and more complex plumbing systems.

Self-levelling cameras are designed to automatically adjust their orientation to maintain a clear view of the inside of the drain or pipe, which can help inspect horizontal or vertical pipes. Different drain cameras are generally suited to different jobs, and choosing the right type of camera for your specific needs is essential.

Most CCTV drain cameras are battery-operated, allowing easy and convenient use in confined spaces. Some cameras may also be equipped with a rechargeable battery and a built-in light source, which can be helpful for specific applications.

How long is the cable feed for the CCTV drain camera?

The cable length for a CCTV drain camera can vary depending on the specific model and brand of the camera. Most CCTV drain cameras are generally equipped with a 30-60 metre cable. This is typically long enough to reach most areas of a typical residential or commercial plumbing system and allows the plumber to easily inspect the inside of drains and pipes.

Things That Show Up on CCTV Drain Cameras

What are some of the most unusual things that have shown up on drain inspection cameras?

Our plumbers often encounter a wide range of objects and debris that can become lodged in plumbing systems, and some of these objects may be unusual or unexpected.

Some of the most unusual things that have shown up on drain inspection cameras include:

Animal Remains
In some cases, animals, such as rats, snakes, or birds, may become trapped in the plumbing system and be found by a drain inspection camera. This can be a disturbing sight and pose a health risk if not properly removed and disposed of.

Foreign Objects
Our plumbers encounter many foreign objects in drains and pipes, such as jewellery, toys, tools, or even clothing. Some objects may have been accidentally dropped into the plumbing system, while others may have been intentionally flushed down the toilet or drain.

Tree Roots
In some cases, the roots of trees or other plants may grow into the plumbing system and cause blockages or damage to the pipes. A drain inspection camera can identify these root locations and determine the best way to remove them.

Sewage Blockages
Sometimes, a drain inspection camera may be used to inspect a plumbing system that has experienced a sewage backup. This can be messy and unpleasant and pose a health risk if not handled properly.

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