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Detect Leak Behind Walls
05
Mar
2020

Do you suspect that your home has a water leak inside its walls? If you do, don’t hesitate to start working on a solution.

Whether you’re considering renovating your older house or you’re considering buying one, you need to familiarise yourself with water damage.

The most challenging factor about water damage is that unlike other typical home repair problems, water damage won’t set off any alarms, and you probably won’t hear or see the problem.

And by the time you catch on, you’re dealing with a nightmare that will not only cost you thousands of dollars but could also be dangerous.

Left undetected, water behind your walls can cause severe damage to your drywall and floor.

Besides, a water leak behind walls creates the perfect environment that rots wood, attracts pests like termites, and breeds mould.

What Causes Water Leaks Behind Walls?

Before you start looking for signs, you need to understand the cause of the water leak.

Typically, water leaks behind the walls are as a result of defective plumbing. However, the leaks could also be due to a leaky foundation or just rainwater dripping down inside the walls.

Other causes include:

  • Hard water can also corrode your pipes creating a leak
  • Frozen pipes could also burst and cause the leak

Often, when you have faulty plumbing behind your walls, it can be quite tough to detect trouble early.

Luckily, you can get ahead of the problem by looking out for the vital signs of a leak inside your walls. These signs include:

1. Musty Odours

When you have an undetected water leak, it means that water is slowly dripping from the leaky pipe behind your wall.

As a result, since the water doesn’t have a chance to dry, the floor as well as the drywall stay damp and start to emit a musty odour – an odour that smells like wet cardboard.

Therefore, pay close attention to musty smells in your home because you might end up sniffing out a hidden leak in your internal walls.

2. Water Puddles Near Your Walls

This is an easy one, just walk around the house and look for any signs of standing water near your walls.

If you haven’t cleaned you home recently, then check for a wet carpet or a standing puddle of water near the walls. This is a sign of a leak behind your walls.

#Tip – You’re most likely to find wet flooring in the bathroom or kitchen near the sink, dishwasher or washing machine.

3. Wall Discolouration

One of the best indicators of a leak behind your walls is when you notice discolouration on your walls. Often, you’ll see wet spots on your wall, followed by discolouration.

Besides, when mould grows due to a leak in the walls, they leave a stain that grows. Look for sections of your walls that have stains or the appearance of sweating.

4. Peeling Paint Or Wallpaper

In addition to stains on your walls, a leak behind the walls can cause paint and wallpaper to start peeling.

Since a majority of residential houses have water-based paints that don’t react well with water, when your walls come into contact with water regularly, the wallpaper and paint start to peel.

You can also check the walls for a change in texture to help you detect a leak behind the walls.

5. Unexplained Increase In Your Water Bill

Have you noticed an unexplained increase in your water bill recently?

If you have, then the chances are that there’s an undetected leak somewhere; It could be either outside your home or inside your walls, that’s causing the increase in your water bill.

Being proactive can help keep small plumbing issues become more manageable, so stay vigilant!

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here.

Drain Patch Relining For Repairs
29
Jan
2020

Do you have consistently unpleasant odours in your backyard for no reason?

Are you hearing constant gurgling noises even when all the taps are turned off? Do you have wet floors for no reason?

Please continue reading to learn more about why these things are happening and how to find a reliable solution for these problems.

If you are experiencing any of the above problems, this usually means that the drain pipes in your house are due for repairs.

Since the drain pipes are usually buried underground, it’s pretty hard to check them out to find the cause of the exact problem.

There are two options available to you when it comes to the repair of damaged drainage pipes.

One of the options is to excavate and replace the damaged drainpipes.

This is not only an extremely difficult process but also expensive, especially when drainpipes are buried deep under retaining walls or driveways.

Thankfully, there is another option which is known as drain relining.

About Drain Relining

Simply put, it’s a method of repairing the lining on drains.

It’s known by many other names including sectional pipe repair, no-dig drain relining, trenchless pipe relining, internal epoxy patching, drain rehabilitation and cured-in-place pipe among others.

This method of repair is widely used all around the world.

In this method, a new pipe which is known as lining is inserted inside the existing damaged pipe which turns it into a completely new pipe.

This repair method can be used for fixing radial cracks, circumferential cracks, leaking joints as well as open joints among other issues.

Drain patch relining is a similar process. In this method, a drain patch is used instead of relining the whole pipe with the help of a pre-shaped pipe.

In this case, an epoxy resin is used to fill up the spread out patch.

This patch is inserted into the damaged pipeline with the help of a tool called pipe packer.

The pipe packer is carefully and slowly inserted into the damaged drain.

Once the patch reaches the site of the defect, it is inflated and left there for around an hour before removal.

Around an hour of curing time is enough for the new patch to cover the leakage.

Drain patch relining is extremely effective when a full relining is not required and only a small damaged section of the pipe needs to be repaired.

The Process

The first step is the inspection. With this method, CCTV survey technology is used to determine the extent and location of the damage.

Once the inspection has been completed, cleaning is done in order to get rid of any obstructions.

If there are tree roots, a robotic cutter is used to remove such intrusions. This is followed by a high-pressure water jetter to clear any remaining debris.

Before relining, pipes are inspected again to ensure complete removal of all intrusions.

Once the pipes are clean, the type of pipelining and amount is decided.

Different situations call for different types of liners. In case of curved pipes, flexible liners are used.

As far as the installation process is concerned, there are various options.

In the inversion process, a resin is poured into the liner and it is evenly distributed.

Inflated airbags are then used after insertion of the liner into the damaged pipe in order to shape it to the pipe walls.

In some cases, water pressure is also used. Another method is UV pipelining.

In this method, cables and winches are used to pull the lining into the damaged pipe.

Installation is followed by the curing process. This ensures hardening of the inserted resin to keep the lining in its place.

In the case of the inversion process, the resin cures either by itself or hot water is run through the pipe to speed up the process.

In case of UV pipelining, UV lighting is used for curing.

Once the damage has been fixed, a final inspection is done to make sure that the repair process is complete.

Once again, CCTV survey technology is used along with leak detection equipment.

Conclusion

Drain patch relining offers a number of advantages in terms of lower costs, minimal disruption and high speed of repairs.

As far as the cost savings are concerned, drain patch relining is considerably cheaper when compared to excavation and replacement.

It is also an eco-friendly process as the lining and resin are environmentally friendly materials.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here.

Effective Pipe Inspection Methods
13
Dec
2019

Do you have a pipe leak in your home? Is it difficult to diagnose the exact location from where the leak is coming from?

If so, please continue reading for more information.

The latest technologically advanced pipe inspection methods will let you find the exact location of the pipe leak and immediately fix it.

Keeping your plumbing pipes in good condition isn’t always easy because of the inherent difficulty in diagnosing the location of leaks and cracks.

When there is a leak, it’s difficult to tell the exact location of the leak by just looking at the pipe system.

You may need to dig up the pipes to find the actual leak or crack – which isn’t an easy task for an inexperienced homeowner.

Most homeowners don’t realise the extent of the damage to their pipes until the problem has begun to spread to the surrounding areas.

That’s why you need to schedule a pipeline inspection every year. You should always rely on a water leak detection specialist in your local area for such an inspection.

This article provides information on some of the most popular and trusted pipe inspection methods used today.

  • Pushcam
  • Solo Cam
  • Lateral Launch Cam
  • Sonde Location

Pushcam

A push cam is a camera at the end of a long cord. This cord will be inserted into the pipeline manually by the plumbing specialist.

This is one of the simplest forms of video pipe inspections out there. The camera will record a live feed of the inside of the pipe.

The live feed will be transmitted back to the plumbing specialist who is searching. The push cam will be retrieved manually by the plumbing specialist once the inspection is over.

However, the push cam method can become difficult to manoeuvre in certain parts of the piping system.

Solo Cam

Solo cams are remote-controlled units that are free to move back and forth within the piping system. They are completely independent and not attached to a cord similar to the push cam method.

However, this method cannot be used to detect deep issues in the pipe system because it’s not as far-reaching as the push cam method.

The solo cam method is growing in popularity because plumbers are realising the importance of a more autonomous camera system.

Lateral Launch Cam

The lateral launch cam is used to inspect piping systems besides the mainline. This is a robot with a secondary camera on it. The robot will move down the mainline and reach the brach line of the pipe.

At this point, the unit will send a secondary camera to inspect the problem with the pipe.

This is one of the best methods of getting a complete understanding of the piping system that serves your home or commercial establishment.

No problem will go unnoticed when you use this method correctly to diagnose piping issues in your home.

Sonde Location

This is a battery-powered pod attached to a cord that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

When the sonde is inserted into the problematic piping system, it will give off an electromagnetic field while operating.

There is a separate device above the ground to monitor this electromagnetic field. This will be used to trace the path of the pipe. Clogs and leaks can be easily diagnosed with this type of device.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here.

Detect Leak In Pool Liner
06
Dec
2019

Inground pools naturally lose water due to evaporation, but an excessive drop in the water level may be indicative of a leak.

Unfortunately, every swimming pool will probably start leaking at some time during their useful life and a small hole the size of a pencil tip can result in the loss of hundreds of litres of water per day.

Small leaks in swimming pools develop slowly over time and an unrepaired leak can be more than just an inconvenience.

In addition to the increased cost of replacing the water and increased chemical demands, it may lead to more serious mechanical and structural problems that will cost a fortune to repair.

Loss of more than ½ to 1 inches of water in a day will require investigation as to the cause and swift action will need to be taken to repair the damage.

The following outlines the process for leak detection in your swimming pool.

Confirming there is a Leak

This can easily be done by marking the water level in the pool with a strip of painter’s tape. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and mark the level with the painter’s tape.

After 24 hours, measure the difference in water level between the pool and the bucket. If the water loss in the pool is significantly greater than that in the bucket, the pool has a leak.

Before deciding to repair a leak, however, the location and severity of the leak must first be identified.

When done systematically, the endeavour of finding a leak follows a procedure that progresses from a clear indication of water loss to the exact location of the leak.

While leak detection experts have the professional equipment and expertise to perform this process in a few hours or less, diligent pool owners may be able to detect a leak by following a few simple steps.

Eliminate Other Causes

Check for leaks in the filtration and electrical systems by looking for moisture on the conduit lines that come from the pool’s lights and check the plumbing systems for signs of leakage.

If there is water or moisture present on wires or pipes, call a professional to repair the leak.

Other symptoms of a leak may be actual evidence of escaped water such as wet, mushy spots on the lawn or unusually vigorous growth of vegetation around underground plumbing areas.

Visible cracks or settling on the deck or pool surrounds may also indicate underground leaks.

How to Detect a Leak in the Pool Liner

If there are no signs of a leak in the electrical or filtration systems, it is most likely that there is a hole in the liner of the pool.

There is a simple method to detect the location of a leak in the pool liner by simply using food colouring or dye.

Dye testing will require complete inspection by donning a dive mask and inspecting the liner for leaks.

– Fill the pool to ensure that the leak is not above the water level.

– Investigate the walls around the pool for signs of squishiness that indicates a leak. Wherever there is a suspected leak, place a drop of dye within 5mm of the suspected area.

– Feel around the bottom of the pool for squishy areas and apply more dye.

The coloured dye will allow you to observe the flow of water. As soon as the dye is placed near a leak it will flow out at the exact spot where the leak is.

Once the location of the leak has been detected it will be easy to determine how it should be fixed.

Ideally, the leak should be professionally repaired but in some cases, a very small hole can be fixed with a DIY patch. If the hole is too big you may need a replacement liner.

If a leak in the vinyl liner of a pool is not repaired as quickly as possible it will not only result in increased water bills but will also weaken the subsoil and cause structural damage.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here.

Technology Detect Drain Leaks
12
Nov
2019

Do you know how easy technology has made it to detect leaking drains? What used to take a long time to fix is now fixed a lot more quickly. Please continue reading to learn more.

Leaky plumbing can cause a lot of problems; poor water pressure, rising bills, and potential damp problems and damage to your property are all potential hazards from a water leak.

Leaks are bad for your wallet, and bad for the environment too.

Finding Leaks and Fixing Them

The problem with leaks is figuring out where they are and how to fix them.

If it isn’t obvious where a leak is coming from, you may not even know that you have one until you get a water bill that is much higher than normal.

Leaks in your home are the easiest to detect as you might be able to hear the hiss of water or smell a musty odour that suggests you have a small leak in a pipe between your walls.

The big problems come when the leaks are in harder to detect places.

How Technology is Used in Leak Detection

If one of your underground pipes is leaking then finding the leak can be much harder.

Firstly, the plumber will have to determine whether there is actually a leak. This is done using a pressure test. The plumber will shut off the supply and measure the pressure at one end of the pipe.

Modern equipment is more sensitive than the pressure measurements that the average meter can give so this will tell you with more certainty whether you actually have a leak or not.

However, it won’t actually tell you where the leak is. For that, there are several options, including:

  • Acoustic leak detection
  • Pipe tracing with RF transmitters
  • Thermal imaging
  • Slab leak detection
  • Video inspections

Most modern leak detection methods work using similar principles. They rely on using sight or sound to detect the leaks.

A skilled plumber may be able to find a large leak just by using their ears alone and tapping the pipes in various places.

Digital leak detection uses similar methods but with much more sensitive computer technology doing the detection work.

RF transmitters can help to detect leaks in metal pipes, while thermal imaging and video inspections can help with plastic pipes or smaller pipes.

One of the latest technologies which is being used by major water boards is a ‘smartball’, which is a bowling ball-shaped device with an acoustic sensor in it.

The bowling ball is pushed through the pipe by the water pressure and records its readings as it goes.

It can take up to 12 hours for the ball to travel through the pipe but this is a good way to get precise readings from hard to reach pipes.

Running a cable through the pipe with a small camera is another option for detecting leaks in difficult to reach areas.

Get Leak Diagnostics For Your Home

If you think that you have a leak in your property it is important that you get it fixed as soon as possible.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We offer high tech leak detection services for both homeowners and commercial properties.

Our services could save you thousands of dollars by helping you to detect a difficult leak before it does damage to your home.

We can locate and fix leaks in a timely manner, preventing damage to your home. We can find faults that other plumbers have missed using our camera inspection services.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here

How Detect Roof Leak
05
Nov
2019

Do you have a leak in your roof but aren’t exactly sure where it is coming from? If so, then please continue reading to learn how to detect the source of the leak.

Roof leaks can be caused by a number of things including gaps in the metal flashing around vent pipes and chimneys, missing shingles, or even small holes in the roof.

The source of a leak is usually not obvious on the actual roof and can be hard to isolate because the water may run down the rafters and roof decking before it drips onto the ceiling below.

Here are the general steps that a professional plumber will follow when it comes to detecting roof leaks:

Step 1: Visual Inspection

The sight and sound of dripping water are usually the first signs of a roof leak. However, there are other signs to also check for, such as:

  • Warped or missing shingles
  • Bulging patches on the interior walls
  • Spots on the exterior walls
  • Water stains on the ceiling
  • Musty odours in some rooms

All these signs could be indicative of a potential leak somewhere in the roof. The first place that you notice the leak might not necessarily indicate the exact location of the leak.

For that, some further investigation will be required. Sometimes a visual inspection isn’t complete without checking the attic.

This means that the technician will need to climb up into the attic to check for the roof leak.

Once in the attic, they will look for water stains, mould, or black marks along the roof sheathing and rafters.

If you don’t have an attic, then they will need to check the roof for any signs of damage as described in step 1 above and move straight to step 2 as described below.

Step 2: Water Test

If the technician is unable to isolate the source of the leak with a visual inspection, they will then perform a water test.

To do this they will need someone else to assist them. Someone will need to stay inside the house close to the spot where you first noticed the leak.

The technician will need to go up the roof with a garden hose and wet the roof one section at a time. The person inside the house will shout out once they see any water dripping.

This can be a lengthy process as they will need to spend several minutes in each area.

However, it is an important step as it helps to narrow down the area where the leak most likely originates from.

If the person inside the house sees the water dripping, but cannot find the exact spot where it is coming from, then the shingles may need to be removed in the suspected area to try and narrow down the source of the leak.

Step 3: Repairs

Depending on the location of the leak, there are several potential fixes that can be used.

This is where you will need to call in the experts as they will have all the necessary tools and knowledge to fix the problem.

Some of these repairs may include the following:

Replacing Damaged Shingles: If damaged shingles are the source of the leak, they may need to be removed and replaced with new shingles.

Reapplying Caulk Along Window Edges, Vents, and Chimneys: If there is a leak around any of these areas, the caulk will need to be replaced around the flashing.

Fixing the Roof Penetration Flashing: Damaged roof vent flashing can let water in where it shouldn’t be.

If the existing flashing is in good shape, it might just be a matter of simply replace the screws with better ones. If not, new flashing will need to be installed.

Final Thoughts

Identifying the source of a roof leak can be very difficult to do on your own. If you suspect that you have a leak in your roof, then it really is best to call in the professionals.

They will identify the extent of the leak and recommend a suitable solution in the form of roof repair or replacement.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here

Drain Relining Fast Process For Repairing Drain Pipes
19
Oct
2019

What is CCTV Drain Inspection and what is it used for? Most people think CCTV is only used for video surveillance but don’t know it can also be used for plumbing. Please read below for more details.

When most people hear the word ‘CCTV’, the first thing that comes to mind is video surveillance which takes place in most commercial buildings, city streets and other public places.

Well, they are not wrong to think this as CCTV stands for Closed Circuit Television or in other words; video surveillance.

Now, you may be wondering, how does video surveillance relate to drain inspection?

Well, video surveillance is a technology that has a wide range of applications besides enhancing public safety and security.

Video surveillance is also used by plumbers to detect leaks and faults in drains and pipes.

What Is CCTV Drain Inspection?

If you have ever been the victim of a blocked drain or pipe, you definitely know how stressful and frustrating it can be to fix this problem.

Sometimes, your drain may keep getting blocked every now and then despite you taking the necessary measures to unblock it.

Blocked drains make the process of expelling wastewater from your home or business very tedious and sometimes impossible.

If you are not quite sure why your drain keeps blocking every few weeks or months, a CCTV drain inspection may be the fix.

A CCTV drain inspection is a plumbing diagnosis technique that makes use of closed-circuit television systems to find blockages, leaks and other faults inside pipes, sewer lines and drains.

Why CCTV Drain Inspection?

There are many ways to diagnose a blocked or leaking drain. Drain diagnosis involves getting to know the root cause of the problem so that it can be properly addressed.

Traditional methods of drain diagnosis such as using wires and other materials require a lot of time and effort.

They are also not very effective meaning you may never get to know why your drains keep leaking or get blocked.

However, with CCTV drain inspection, things get a little bit different and more sophisticated.

Drain diagnosis is done using state of the art video surveillance equipment. The tools and equipment used are tailor-made for this kind of job.

For instance, the cameras used to capture images and video are so tiny that they can fit in very narrow pipes and drains.

CCTV drain inspection enables plumbers to see the innermost parts of your drains and pipes, which would otherwise be impossible.

Recurring Leaks and Blockages

Recurring leaks and blockages are probably the most common issues that professional plumbers have to deal with.

When a pipe in your building doesn’t stop leaking or getting clogged no matter what you do, you are left with very few options.

You can choose to carry out a CCTV drain inspection or survey to get to the root cause of the problem. Alternatively, you can choose to get rid of the affected drain and replace it with a new one.

The latter option is definitely more expensive and time-consuming than the former. It’s worth noting that recurring cases of drain leaks and blockages should not be taken for granted.

Such problems are known to cause serious structural damage to buildings and other infrastructures if left unaddressed.

Benefits of CCTV Drain Inspection and Reporting

If you have a leaking or blocked drain or pipe in your home or business, it’s highly recommended that you get a CCTV drain inspection done so that you can rest assured that the problem is solved.

A successful drain inspection that gets to the root cause of your drain problems can give you enormous peace of mind.

CCTV drain inspections can detect a wide range of problems ranging from broken/cracked pipes, blockage/clog build-ups, root damage and even animal infestations.

Take some time today to schedule a CCTV drain inspection with your plumber.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here

How Camera Inspection Can Help You
12
Oct
2019

Do you have a leaking pipe? Do you know the best way to detect the source of the leak? If not, then you need to keep reading.

One of the reasons why home or business owners avoid addressing drainage problems is based on the complexities.

For starters, it can be near impossible to find the source of the problem inside a drain pipe.

And simply sending a bunch of expensive and dangerous chemicals through the pipe system is not a guaranteed solution.

You will be happy to know those drain problems do not have to be intimidating anymore. And you do not need to dig up the garden to find the source of the trouble.

By using camera inspections by professional plumbers, sorting out drainage problems has never been easier. Therefore, in this article we will cover the following:

  • How Camera Inspection Works
  • The Most Common Benefits
  • Finding The Right Expert For The Job

Using Camera Inspection For Drainage Problem

Cameras that are used to inspect pipe systems have a specific design. Not only are they long and thin like a snake, but they are flexible as well.

This makes them perfect to send into any type of system without too much trouble. Of course, it helps if a professional is in control of the camera.

Once the camera gets into the system, it provides an image to the professional at the other end.

And it does not matter if there are tricky corners or if the problem is deep inside the system, a camera inspection can most likely help to locate the source.

The Most Common Benefits Of Camera Inspection

– It does not require extreme measures

The great thing about going with the camera inspection option for a drainage problem is that it will not involve extreme measures.

In other words, there will not be any digging necessary, unless the solution calls for it. However, even then, you will know exactly where to start digging.

– Finding the problem is quick

Locating the problem has never been quicker thanks to camera inspections. They bend, twist, and turn wherever the user needs it to.

More importantly, it will give you a clear picture of what you are dealing with. So, you can save yourself a lot of effort, frustration, and money.

– The problem can easily be assessed

In addition to finding the drainage problem quickly, it won’t be nearly as complicated as conventional methods of assessment. Not when there is a camera giving you the inside scoop, literally.

This means you do not have to play guessing games in terms of how to get everything flowing freely again.

– It can be used in many situations

It does not really matter what type of pipe system you have trouble with. These cameras are designed to be versatile, as well as durable.

Whether it is a drain that requires unblocking or a leak in the ventilation system, camera inspection will be your best friend.

Tips To Find The Best People For The Job

Now that you know more about how camera inspections work, it is important to focus on the professionals you call. Not every business will offer competitive prices and accurate services.

Even though cameras make it easier, a level of experience and knowledge is still required. So, in light of using the best people for the job, keep the following in mind:

  • How long has the business been offering pipe system solutions?
  • Are they helpful and clear about what they offer?
  • What are the costs?
  • How soon can they be there?

Whatever you do, avoid the potential damage to your garden or pipes with professional camera inspections.

There are a number of objects or items that can get stuck in a drain, so the issue could be much smaller than you think.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here

CCTV drain inspections
21
Sep
2019

What are CCTV drainpipe inspections and how do they help? Let’s take a look in a bit more detail in the article below.

Drainage pipes help direct wastewater away from your home or commercial building.

As an essential component in any building’s plumbing system, drains experience constant use, day in day out.

Leakages or blockages along drain pipes usually lead to the production of foul odours and/or unnecessary flooding of wastewater within the building or compound.

Closed-circuit television drain inspections can be used to assess the condition of drain pipes and with it, help property owners identify and resolve any hidden issues.

Read on below to find out:

  • What CCTV Drain Inspections Are
  • Why They Are Necessary
  • How They Are Conducted

What Are CCTV Drain Inspections?

Simply put, CCTV drain inspections employ the use of highly advanced cameras and other equipment to assess the condition of a property’s drainage system.

The plumbing technician handling the drain inspection assesses the condition of the drainage system by watching a live feed from the cameras inserted into the drain pipes.

Why Would You Need A CCTV Drain Inspection?

Most property owners/managers will not see the need to have a CCTV drain inspection until they encounter serious drainage issues.

While it is true that CCTV drain inspections can help uncover all sorts of drainage issues, it is important to note that this service is also useful as a preventative measure.

This simply means that CCTV drain inspections can be conducted periodically to assess the condition of your drainage system.

This makes it possible for property owners to identify and resolve any issues in their infancy before they develop into serious problems.

Homebuyers can also use CCTV drain inspections to assess the condition of a property’s drainage system.

This means they can get a good idea of whether any repairs are needed before they commit to buying a property.

CCTV Drain Inspection Gear

To conduct these inspections, plumbing technicians have to employ the use of a variety of specialised equipment, as described below.

Cameras that can survive use in low visibility underwater applications.

All areas of the drainage system, including those that are hard to see, can be assessed visually using these high-performance waterproof cameras.

To push the cameras into place, through narrow drainpipes and tight bends, flexible access rods are used.

For added mobility even in the most restricted parts of your drainage system, remotely operated crawlers are also used in addition to the access rods described above.

CCTV Drain Inspection Process

The use of the advanced equipment mentioned above may seem to make the CCTV drain inspection process more complicated than it actually is; however, as you will discover in a bit, it is nothing but.

Once the drain inspection technician arrives at your property, they will ask you a few questions about the issue at hand to ensure that they have a clear mental picture of what they are dealing with.

They will then set up their equipment and access the drainage system from the most convenient location.

After pushing the cameras into the drainpipe, using the most suitable method, they will then proceed with the inspection of the entire drainage system by observing the live camera feed.

After the CCTV drainage inspection is complete, the technician will recommend an appropriate course of action depending on their findings.

As the client, you will choose when to act and schedule any repair work as soon as possible, or schedule another follow up at a later date if no pressing issues were discovered.

Closed Circuit Television drain inspections rely on the use of highly advanced technology to assess the condition of your drainage system.

This ensures that you get an accurate idea of whether immediate repairs are necessary to keep the drainage system ticking, and how urgently the work needs to be carried out.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here

Video pipe inspection
13
Sep
2019

Did you know there is now an easy way to find where leaks are coming from in your pipes? What’s more, it doesn’t require excavation and is much cheaper. Read on to learn more.

Most home or business owners dread the thought of blocked drains and pipe leaks. However, it’s the damage and cost associated with these problems that cause real headaches.

For example, when a pipe is leaking underneath the building, consider what it typically requires to detect and fix this leak.

Some excessive measures might be necessary, unless, the right equipment is used by the right people.

Video pipe inspection is a modern solution to several big problems. And in light of helping home and business owners to make the most cost-effective decisions, this article looks at:

  • Defining video pipe inspection
  • The benefits
  • Types of testing

How Does Video Pipe Inspection Work?

In straightforward terms, video pipe inspection makes use of special cameras.

These can be guided through many different pipe systems, move around bends, and go through water/waste without being damaged.

By working with video pipe inspection professionals, it opens up a world of cost-effective options.

How Video Pipe Inspection Makes A Big Difference

Why should it matter to home or business owners that there are specialists using such advanced tools? Here are several reasons:

The Inspection Is Very Quick

Do not expect the operating professional to take long in finding the problem.

Whether something is blocking the pipe, or whether it is damaged and needs replacement, the video inspection reveals everything the operator needs to know.

It Does Not Require Excessive Measures

When excessive measures are mentioned, we are talking about excavation which typically takes place when conventional strategies are used.

In other words, there is a good chance the plumbing professionals have to dig to find the problem. However, with a more sophisticated system, no digging is required.

The Problem Can Be Assessed With Accuracy

Without digging, assessing the problem cannot be done with 100% accuracy. Every solution is ultimately a guess, and there is no telling how effective guess-work can be.

However, a video pipe inspection provides accuracy on top of all the other elements which is why it is such a viable solution.

Test An Extensive Range Of Pipes

It does not really matter what type of piping system you are struggling with. Given the cameras are flexible, small, and durable, they are able to slide into just about any system you need them to.

Video Pipe Inspection Is More Cost-Effective

When combining the cost of the excavation and possible repairs, as well as the cost of hiring professionals, it is not surprising that video inspection is much more affordable.

Home and business owners do not have to dig up pieces of their property just to find the problem. And the inspection can be incredibly quick if professionals are in charge.

Pipe Maintenance

Finally, spending a little more right now to assess the health of the piping system at home can help to prevent bigger problems down the line.

Types Of Testing

It is important to note that modern pipe inspection can be used for a variety of things. However, to give everyone a good idea of the most common reasons, video inspections are utilised for:

  • Blocked drains
  • Water pipe and sprinkler leaks
  • Backflow testing
  • Damaged pipes

In Conclusion

Gone are the days when fixing something as basic as a leak would have cost you a small fortune. Especially if the leak is detected in a location that cannot be spotted without excavating.

To make things worse, by the time the leak becomes visible, the water damage might already be done.

However, all your pipe problems can be assessed and solved much quicker than you thought. And it will not cost nearly as much as you think.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here