How does a video inspection work?
A video inspection is typically done through an existing access point called a cleanout. For this reason, it's a non-intrusive process. In order to do this type of inspection, we begin by inserting a cable with a lighted camera attached to the end into the pipe. One of our technicians views the real-time images provided by the camera on a monitor as our crew manipulates the cable along the natural path of the pipe.
What do we look for during inspections?
We look for anything out of the ordinary that may be affecting the pipe being inspected. A common blockage culprit with underground pipes, for instance, is tree roots. With a video inspection, we can determine the location of the roots and the extent of the related damage. Other things we typically look for during an inspection include:
- Pipe cracks or fractures
- Accumulated water where it shouldn't be pooling
- Debris that's causing drains to be slow or regularly clog
- Minerals caked on pipe walls – "pipe scale" – that could be narrowing pipes
Are video inspections accurate?
The video camera used for these inspections is designed to provide clear, high-resolution images even when it encounters water. The camera is also lighted, so it can produce clear images even without a natural light source. For this reason, the results from inspections are often highly accurate. In addition, this affords us the opportunity to inspect the entire line with the flexible cable and attached camera, which further boosts accuracy.
How long does a video inspection take?
On average, a video-based inspection takes about half an hour to complete. The actual amount of time involved will depend on how accessible the pipe is that needs a thorough evaluation and whether or not multiple pipes need an inspection. Typically, however, it's a quick and easy process from start to finish.
When should you have a video inspection done?
We recommend contacting Hall's Plumbing about a video inspection if your drains are clogging, backing up, producing unpleasant odors, making odd noises when used, or going down slow. Additionally, it can be helpful to have an inspection done if you've just moved into an older home or if you're in the process of purchasing a home. You're also welcome to contact us to schedule routine inspections so smaller issues can be detected and addressed early.
Schedule an Inspection Today
Hall's Plumbing is the company to count on when you want clear, accurate answers and cost-effective solutions. Once an inspection of your home or business pipes has been done, we'll show you the results and let you know if we recommend any additional steps based on what was observed. Contact our experienced team today to schedule a video inspection.