A CCTV drainage survey is a way of assessing drainage systems using high tech remote camera technology which then records video footage and other useful data which can be used to diagnose drainage issues. It involves putting a camera down your drainage system to move along the drain and identify damage to it (as well as possible causes of it). By using a CCTV camera system we can diagnose these issues faster and any drain repairs can be done more efficiently and are also more likely to be the correct drainage solution for you.
There are two main types of camera which can be used for your CCTV drain survey, a robotic crawler and a push CCTV drainage camera.
A robotic crawler CCTV camera is available in diameters ranging from 150mm to 2000mm. These cameras come fitted with LED lights that allow an operator to record HD-quality footage. The camera is controlled through a console which is stored in a specialist van. The camera is fitted on a rugged body, with an electric motor to turn the wheels and drive it through the pipe. The wheels can also be interchanged to take into account the various conditions within pipes. Robotic crawler CCTV systems can also come with other additional features, such as articulating arms and camera heads which can swivel and rotate, with lenses that can zoom, in order to film the inside of the pipe from a variety of distances and angles to ensure the problem is identified.
A push CCTV drainage camera is more often used when the pipe has a smaller diameter, is vertical, or the pipe could have bends in it which make it harder for a robotic crawler to be used. These cameras are fitted to a flexible rod at the end, which is stored on a small reel so the camera can be guided along the pipe by the operator, with a monitor installed above the reel to track its progress. These cameras are also fitted with LED lights in order to illuminate the inside of the pipe and pick up the causes of defects.
A CCTV survey is a quick, non-invasive and cost effective way to detect drainage problems – whether it be an easy to solve case of blocked drains or a serious drain or pipe collapse.
Our CCTV drainage service will identify the following issues which you can then repair and put into a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) program which will keep your drains functioning for years to come:
Note: It can sometimes be necessary to clean the drains with jetter washing prior to a CCTV survey in order to clean the pipe which helps to identify if the pipes are cracked when they are scaled up.
If you are planning an extension on your property then it is important to look at how the proposed project could affect your drainage. For instance, if your extension goes over or close to a public sewer you may need permission from your sewerage undertaker. Furthermore, if the build is over an existing drain or sewer than pipes could be damaged, causing leaks, blockages, odour and potentially leading to health concerns and environmental damage. Our technology can help give an accurate view of the current drainage system and whether it will need changes prior to the extension build.
Another time you may want to consider a CCTV survey is if you are moving into a new house. This will help you to identify any issues with the drainage before purchasing the property which can be very beneficial as you can negotiate with the seller to resolve these issues before purchasing. This could be much better than buying the house outright and waiting for the problems to surface where because you now own the property the issues will become yours to fix, so contact us today to allow us to undertake a drain inspection and check if there are any issues.
If you would like to book a CCTV drain survey, whether it be domestic or commercial premises, then simply call 0121 663 6683 24/7 to speak to one of our friendly staff today. Argo Drains provide emergency drain unblocking and repair services, including CCTV Drain Surveys, across Birmingham, West Bromwich, Walsall, Dudley, Telford and the West Midlands from our base in Lichfield.