Newton Knows – Your Drain Line Inside and Out

The Case for Video Camera Inspection

The compelling question here is; “why would anyone desire to look inside their pipes? “ It doesn’t seem to be a very delightful prospect for any type of pipe one might envision. We are not speaking of vocal chords here, but the pipes under the ground and the drains that move your waste water, hopefully to the desired location. Video inspection of your drains and sewer provides a “real time” view of your underground sewer lines and other piping to help determine their condition from the inside. At Newton Plumbing, we use a video camera to do just that.  Our video camera is, essentially, a flexible rod that has a specially designed, high-resolution video camera on its tip. The rod is then inserted into the drain or sewer pipe in question to be inspected.  As the rod is pushed through the pipe, the waterproof camera takes a picture of its progress and ultimately produces important findings for you to see with your own eyes. Video images are transmitted to the camera screen and may be saved to videotape for a reviewable record.

The video inspection process is extremely helpful to identify damage and obstructions that limit proper flow that create sewage or drain backups. Later, a drain camera can be used to verify that certain obstructions have been removed and that the lines are now clean. It’s impossible to accurately determine the condition of a line without the use of the in-line camera. For Example: The Video camera inspection will assist in pinpointing the various conditions listed below:

Roots obstructing a pipe – a common occurrence: tree or shrub roots have invaded    the sewer line, preventing normal cleaning and/or have damaged the line.

Foreign Object /Grease – that blocks or restricts the proper flow and/or cleaning of the line.

Broken Pipe – causing cracked or collapsed pipe, requiring repair or replacement.

Corrosion – when a pipe has deteriorated and/or broken, causing the collapse of a  pipeline and/or restricting its flow.

Leaking joints – the seals between pipes have broken, allowing water to escape into the area surrounding the pipe.

Misaligned Pipe – sewer pipes that have become misaligned because of shifting soil and/or settling of the ground

Substandard Pipe – existing pipes are constructed of lesser grade pipe material that may have deteriorated or corroded.

Bellied pipe – a pipe has sunk, usually due to high water table effecting ground or soil conditions. This condition usually creates a bulge that may collect waste and/or paper.

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