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Sewer Grate Outdoor resized 600One of the first steps in identifying and repairing a broken underground sewer pipe is determining how severe the damage is, and where along your sewer line repairs are needed most. If your home’s subterranean sewer pipes have been compromised by intrusion, poor installation or the elements, contacting a trained plumbing specialist to inspect your pipes is a critical first step.

To assess underground damage to your home sewer line, pipe repair experts will typically use professional-grade video inspection equipment. Inserted nondestructively through existing sewer pipe entry points, these video tools give homeowners confidence during repairs because they can actually see the extent of pipe damage.

Innovative Technologies to Evaluate Your Sewer Pipe

At Express Sewer & Drain, we use equipment vans manufactured by industry-leader CUES, who have set the standard for closed circuit television video (CCTV) pipe inspection. Our robotic, remotely controlled CCTV cameras can be inserted through existing sewer entry points, in pipes anywhere from 1-1/2” to 72” in diameter.

These cameras, supported by high-grade CUES software, paint a full, precise picture of your sewer pipe, it’s condition and any severe damages within. During the actual inspection process, self-propelled CUES cameras can even inspect adjacent sewer laterals up to 80’. They’re the most thorough, detailed sewer pipe inspection tools in the industry.

When paired with trenchless pipe repair methods, such as pipe bursting, sewer lining and curing, fiber-optic video inspection provides the most affordable means of assessing and resolving sewer damage.

CUES video inspection vans are equipped with state-of-the-art camera systems, which allows users to freely zoom, pan and tilt within your sewer pipes, and focus on specific elements such as puncturing or sewer cracking. The video inspection equipment manufactured by CUES can be fine-tuned in the field to provide homeowners crisp, clear visuals of their sewer pipe damage.
CUES inspection cameras can be configured for any of the following when used to examine damaged sewer lines:

  • Automatic and remote (manual) focus
  • Manual zoom up to 40x (optical and digital)
  • Iris control
  • Directional lighting capabilities for pipes anywhere from 6” to 48” in diameter

As these inspection technologies can be inserted into your damaged sewer pipe through existing entry points, there’s no reason to bore through your yard or physically excavate the pipe in question. CCTV video inspection is the most thorough and least invasive means of examining underground sewer pipes available.

What does this add up to, however? How can homeowners dealing with damaged sewer pipes benefit from the innovations of CUES, and the high-end video inspection equipment they manufacture?

The Value of CCTV Video Inspection

Using video equipment during preliminary inspections, pipe repair experts can help homeowners dealing with damaged sewer lines identify the most affordable repair solution possible. In many cases, repairing the entire length of an underground sewer pipe is unnecessary. Repairs can then be focused on the damaged section only, reducing the cost and the time it takes to fix the pipe.

Damage caused by root intrusion, isolated cracking or faulty joint sections don’t require full pipe replacement; rather, pipe lining to a specific area (a technique known as sectional point repair), in this case, is a much more affordable solution that still resolves the issue outright.

The only way to know what the best solution is for your damaged sewer pipe is by contacting a professional plumbing service in your community, who can use CCTV video inspection equipment to determine the exact extent of the problem. CCTV video cameras can help homeowners find the exact cause of sewer damage, including:

  • Root intrusion
  • Earthquake damage
  • Pipe cracking
  • Offset joint pipes
  • Corrosion
  • Deterioration over time
  • Poor installation or previous repair efforts
  • Accidental puncturing
  • Severe blockage

As Sacramento’s trenchless pipe repair specialists, we use CCTV every day to evaluate pipe damage, and provide members of our community the most affordable, long-lasting repairs possible.

If you’re dealing with a damaged underground sewer pipe, and want to find the best restoration solution available, don’t wait to contact the experts. Sewer TV inspection can end up saving you thousands on your overall pipe repair costs, and even expose at-risk pipe segments before failure occurs.

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Topics: Sewer Repairs, Cleaning, Video Inspection, Sacramento Plumbers and Pipe Repairs