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CCTV Drain Inspections – What are they and when should I get one?

Anyone who has ever experienced a plumbing issue in their home will understand how easily things can escalate and turn into expensive ordeals. Quickly identifying the problem and working out a solution is crucial, and so using the best tools can make all the difference.

One piece of equipment used by plumbing professionals is CCTV. Closed circuit television (CCTV) inspections, like the name suggests, involves using cameras that are inserted into the pipes to see what is causing issues such as blockages or leaks in your plumbing.

Why use CCTV?

CCTV drain inspections are a safe, quick and reliable way to inspect your plumbing and identify issues. Unlike traditional methods that would involve ruling out causes one by one, CCTV gives an instant visual. It will also help to pinpoint the exact location of the flaw, rather than assessing a whole section of pipeline to find where a blockage is sitting. This will save time and money as you can quickly set to work to find a solution.

As a minimally invasive option, it is also great for home owners looking to avoid the need to excavate or dig. What would usually require a whole team to dig up the area to inspect old plumbing, can now be achieved with a camera being easily inserted to inspect toilet drains, storm water drains or sewer pipes.

For clients, a great benefit is being able to see the results for themselves. With CCTV technology, a plumbing professional is able to provide video or images of the inspection to their clients to give them a clearer understanding of what exactly is happening. These images usually come with a detailed report that describes what is depicted in the photos and what this means for the home or commercial space. Armed with the right information, a client can then make an informed decision of how they would like to tackle the issue.

What could be causing the problem?

There are a number of things that could be impacting your plumbing, which is why having a visual can be so essential in developing a quick solution. One of the most common causes of a blockage is residue build-up or foreign objects being flushed by mistake such as wet wipes and other sanitary products. Of course, each job is different and the causes could be just as varied from structural defects and rust from age to tree roots that have obstructed the pipe flow.

If you would like more information on how closed circuit television could help diagnose your plumbing issue, or you would like to receive a quote for your property, please get in touch.

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