The Benefits of CCTV Drain SurveysDecember 12, 2018
Like all industries, technology has revolutionised how we operate within the drainage industry. For example, high-pressure water jets have not always been available, and metal pipes used to be the norm, rather than PVC.
However, the invention which has changed how we operate the most is CCTV survey equipment. This allows us to get all of the information we need in the least disruptive way possible. In this blog, we will look at what it is, what we do with it, and why it matters.
If you require a drain survey or any other form of maintenance, give us a call now on 0808 164 0776.
What is CCTV Drain Survey Equipment?
When you are dealing with any reputable drainage maintenance survey, you will likely hear a lot about CCTV drain survey equipment. However, this is an industry term, and the reality of the device is a lot simpler than it sounds.
In essence, the apparatus is a high-definition camera on the end of a sturdy but flexible wire. We utilise this by feeding it into drains and guiding it through the pipes, allowing us to get a detailed look at an area of your home which is very difficult to access.
All we need is access to your drain which is typically found outside. The entire process takes an hour, and we very rarely need access to your property at all.
Why Do We Use CCTV Cameras?
Using our vast experience and knowledge of drainage systems, we can often diagnose problems after a small investigation. There are a lot of tell-tale signs which might inform us that there is a particular problem in a certain place.
For example, damp in a specific location might tell us that there is a clog nearby, or sunken ground tends to show a collapsed pipe. This can give us a good indication of the situation and will allow us to get to work.
However, it is not always possible to work out the situation exactly. Sometimes the problem might be a bit less obvious, and we might have to carry out a more in-depth inspection. In the past, this might have required a full-scale excavation, but not anymore.
Today, we are able to use CCTV cameras to investigate the pipes without the need to venture inside. By guiding them through your drainage system, starting in the area we suspect there might be a problem, we can quickly discover any clogs or blockages.
Can I See the Results?
Surveying the entire property usually takes around an hour, depending mainly on the size of the property. The camera does not just show our technicians what is happening live, but it also records the entire journey.
When we finish, we can send you a recording of everything that we found for the sake of transparency. The HD footage will show you the inside of your drains so that you can see any faults for yourself.
Scheduled CCTV Survey
CCTV surveys should not just be employed when a problem has already occurred. They can also be employed in order to get a general idea of the state of your drains, highlighting any potential issues which may develop in the future.
For example, we will be able to spot any cracks that are occurring before they become a burst. We will also be able to locate any problematic substances which are building up so that you know what to be vigilant about in the future.
These surveys are a fantastic choice for anyone buying a home. Purchasing a property is typically the most substantial investment you are ever likely to make, and as a result, it is vital that you have all of the information required to make an informed decision before buying.
This is especially true for older homes which might have older metal pipes that can be as old as the building itself. These can be a ticking time bomb, and we would recommend that you do not make any decisions before having them inspected.
Get in Touch
Clark Drainage has decades of experience in keeping the drains of Scotland clear. We provide fantastic and reliable results at a fair cost using our highly trained technicians and the very best equipment on the market.
To speak to one of our operators today about a CCTV drain survey, or indeed any other service that we provide, give us a call now on 0808 164 0776.
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