How Video Pipe Inspection Works using a Pipe Cam

Video pipe inspection using a Pipe Cam can alert you to potentially serious problems located within your sewer pipes. By using state-of-the-art equipment you can get video and still pictures taken of the inner workings of your pipes. This can provide technicians important maintenance information, as well as pinpoint specific problems or issues within a pipe. However, these services are not just for troubleshooting pipes. It is also a useful tool for:

  • Determining if a pipe project was completed correctly
  • See the innards of a pipe at each stage of a maintenance project
  • To create a plan for fixing or cleaning a sewer line or pipe
  • Used during the actual cleaning process

Video Pipe InspectionThe equipment that is used is a specialty video camera or pipe cam that can travel thousands of feet of pipe in a short amount of time. This gives both the technicians and the property owner a complete visual of the entire pipe, which can later be used for troubleshooting or maintenance reasons.

This service is also helpful in cases when a pipe must be cleaned. Ensuring the job is done correctly can lead to more efficient service and reduce the chances of the problem reoccurring. This service is quickly gaining popularity for large cities, utility departments and municipalities that must complete jobs in short periods of time. Ensuring pipes are maintained and can provide quality service is essential for the smooth running of any area.

This service is also beneficial for residential homeowners who want to ensure there are no issues or problems with their sewer lines, which run from their home. This can prevent extremely messy backups into the home or flooded septic fields. The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is definitely relevant when it comes to your sewer pipes. Take advantage of the video pipe inspection using a Pipe Cam today and ensure your pipes are up to snuff.

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What is Sewer Infiltration?

Sewer infiltration, if not properly cared for, can end up leading to serious problems in the home. What exactly does this refer to and what can be done? Your home has an inflow and infiltration system that helps to move waste water from your home. There is a dedicated waste water pipe as well as pipes for groundwater. The water will be transported out of your home and moved to the proper drainage system. When a sanitary sewer system becomes overloaded, it can easily lead to flooding in the home. Flooding of sanitary sewers can cause a smell or worse, it could cause sewer water to flow out of the toilet and leak on the carpet in your home. This can be a messy process to fix.sewer infiltration

With improper connections or cracked pipes in the home or in a business, it will end up lead to problems. Some homes may require sump pumps to help in removing the secondary water that is released where others do not have pumps. The infiltration problem that happens with the sanitary pipes allows groundwater to get into the pipes. Usually age is the biggest problem so if you have an older home it is a good idea to contact a pipe specialist company to come out and test your pipes and repair any of the issues. Simple cleaning of the pipes can remove tree stumps that get into the older pipes and can cause blockages in the proper removal of waste.

A sewer pipe is made to last about 50-80 years. If you have a home that is nearing 50 years, getting your pipes checked out is a good idea to prevent issues. Plus is it important to know the type of materials that were used in the construction of your pipes. With inspection and repair, the water coming into your home will be clean and the water leaving your home will now be called “clear water” as it is normal sewage waste that is headed to the right drainage area and no longer to the groundwater pipes.

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Trenchless Sewer Repairs or No Dig Sewer Repair

Until recently, Sewer pipe damage underneath the house, sidewalks, driveways and roads required a tremendously expensive process of often breaking through concrete and digging down to the affected pipes. The magnitude of labor and construction involved in such a repair can overwhelm almost any homeowner’s budget. But today, there is an option for pipe repair involving no drastic measures and no digging.

It all starts with a camera sent down the pipe to find the damage and inspect it. Root damage, collapsed pipe, missing pieces, and cracks can all be identified and resolved through pipe lining. Cast iron pipes with no bottoms can be made into solid piping. Breaks and holes are completely sealed off. It is all done with a special pipe lining made of a flexible vinyl-type material that is shaped into a long tube and cut to the appropriate length to cover the affected area of the pipe.

The lining is coated on-site with an epoxy resin, by pouring it into the tube. Then, the launching unit uses air pressure to force the tube foot by foot into the pipe, turning inside-out as it goes, causing the resin side to make contact with the interior of the pipe. A balloon-like structure is then pushed down through the pipe liner and blown up to press it tightly against the inside of the pipe. This causes the resin to seal to the metal or clay sewer pipe, or at least round itself against the exposed ground.

The resin will cure in just 3 hours. If a small dig site has been opened up to access the pipe, it can be refilled now. If it has been done straight from the interior plumbing of the house, the process is done. And the pipe liner has become solid like a PVC pipe, because of the resin. The pipe lining lasts for at least 50 years.

Homeowners are grateful to save money on the standard labor-intensive pipe repair service as well as time and hassle. Pipe lining is a quick process that can be used for several purposes including lining roof drain vertical pipes, wet/dry stacks on apartment and condo buildings, sewer piping under driveways and other immovable structures, and electrical conduct line. Pipe lining is the most efficient and affordable way to repair pipe damage below ground.

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How Tree Roots Can Disrupt Sewer Lines and Sewer Pipes

How Tree Roots Can Dsirupt Sewer Lines and Sewer Pipes

Tree Roots and sewer pipes– they just don’t mix. But most people cannot comprehend how tree roots can damage hard metal sewer pipes. The truth is that, soft as they are to begin with, tree roots have incredible strength and can push, weave, and wrap their way around any obstacle, even sewer pipes. And yes, they can break through the pipes laid underground and potentially cause tremendous cost to the owner.

Sewer pipes are something that most people hope they never have to repair as a break in the sewer line means more than just expense- it means stench! But these are some of the primary targets of underground tree roots. Mature trees are the pride of many homeowners. Tall, graceful, and impressive they offer shade and beauty. But with that height comes length, as the roots must grip the underground firmly enough to hold the massively heavy tree up.

Both private and community sewer lines suffer damage from tree roots. Tree roots can break through lines and then begin growing inside them, blocking them partially or wholly. They are responsible for most of the sanitary sewer service backups that occur in communities. But these problems develop slowly and without making homeowners and community members aware until the problem is severe enough to make itself known in a rather unpleasant way.

The reason why this happens so often is simple. Tree roots gravitate towards moisture. Warm water, and yes other warm things, traveling through pipes causes the sewer pipes to release condensation, a warm vapor that is bait for tree roots. Slowly but surely the roots grow towards the source of the warm vapor, until they find a crack, loose joint, or other weakness in the line that they can break through with a tiny sprouted end.
Then these tiny sprouted ends of the roots grow larger and longer as they work their way into the pipe deeper, and open the crack or weak spot to the point of breakage. Household FOGG is a major cause of sewer blockage namely fats, oils, grease, and grit. And when there is a root growing inside a sewer pipe, FOGG can easily collect in a mass that blocks the line.

Whether it is a blockage or a total break, tree root damage usually requires serious work. The area around the tree root and sewer pipe must be dug out, often requiring floors to be opened up to access the area. The affected pipe must be completely replaced and the tree root cut back and preferably redirected. This must all be done without compromising the integrity of the standing tree, or a collapsing tree could create even more costly damage. So, for those homeowners considering planting a tree, it is recommended that trees be planted relatively far away from the side of the house and away from the sewer line to the extent of the property.

Another alternitive to replacing a sewer line that has been damaged by tree roots is using a "No Dig" trenchless sewer repair process known as CIPP Pipelining (Cured-In-Place Point Trenchless Sewer Repair). This is a process where a liner is inserted into a pipe impregnated with a thermosetting resin, which is expanded and cured to form a tight-fitting liner within the sewer pipe, basically, a pipe within a pipe. So if you have one or two areas in sewer line that has been damaged by tree roots, it is only a fraction fo the cost as opposed to digging up your entire sewer line and replasing it.

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