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.

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