When your air conditioner or heater breaks down, you probably notice it pretty quickly. Even minor malfunctions can give off noises and other warning signs to alert you that something needs repair. With pipe systems, though, it’s often quite a bit more difficult. Aside from a full-blown pipe rupture, there are not many piping issues that announce themselves soon after developing. By the time you notice that you have an issue with your system, it likely will have already suffered quite a bit of damage. The best way to take care of problems before they have a chance to develop that far is to catch them before they start to show symptoms. Scheduling video pipe inspection services is the first step to doing that.
Video Pipe Inspection
Video pipe inspection is a method of checking the pipe system in your home for issues as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is done by inserting a camera into the pipes. The camera travels down the pipes, all the while sending a live feed back to the technician controlling it. This enables your pipe technician to identify any problem areas that need to be repaired, without having to dig up the entire system and examine each pipe individually. Oftentimes, this will highlight issues that you didn’t even know your system had. Once the camera’s inspection is complete, it can be pulled back out of the system and repairs can begin.
Types of Pipe Inspection Vehicles
The most common kind of video pipe inspection camera is the pushcam. This is a simple camera on a long cord, which is manually pushed through the pipe. While these are quite common, though, they are not well-suited to all kinds of pipe configurations. They’re especially poorly suited if there are branch lines that need to be examined. For cases like those, you’ll need a lateral launch camera.
Lateral launch cameras use a larger vehicle than a pushcam, which operates in much the same way. Once the vehicle reaches a branch line, though, it can launch a secondary camera down it to continue the inspection. This ensures that no pipe problems are able to escape identification by hiding in a smaller offshoot from the mainline.
When to Schedule Video Pipe Inspection
Regardless of the kind of camera used, you won’t be able to benefit from pipe inspection if you don’t schedule it often enough. Even if you have no indications that there is a problem with your pipe system, it’s still a pretty good idea to schedule video pipe inspection at least once a year. This helps to keep your pipes in good condition, and prevent problems from sneaking up on you. You can dramatically reduce the cost of repairs, and extend the effective lifespan of your system by a number of years, by doing this on a consistent basis.