Why are CCTV drain inspections vital?

At some stage, you are likely going to experience a clogged drain that you can’t find the cause of. If you can’t find the cause of the clog inside your house – a clogged kitchen, bathroom, or laundry drain, it is probably due to a problem in the pipes that connect from your house to the street. In addition, these underground drains can become cracked or separated. This can cause the introduction of dirt, silt, tree roots or even insects into your drainpipes. Keep reading to find out more!

How do these pipes get blocked?

Although it may not happen very often, there are several causes for these pipes to become problematic:

  • Pipes can become cracked. This may be due to the age of the pipes or pressure from tree roots or other natural ground shifting.
  • Pipes may become separated. This may be due to incorrect installation.
  • Installation of fencing, cables or other services that require drilling into the earth may accidentally go through the pipe and cause leaking.
  • Corrosion.
  • Pipe bursting (this can be caused by frozen pipes, among other issues).
  • Animal intrusion.

How to tell if you have a drain issue

There are a few ways to tell if you have a problem with one of your drain pipes.

The main signs to look out for are:

  • Leaking in your house you can’t identify.
  • Insects, such as cockroaches coming into your home through drains.
  • Rats getting into your home through drains.

How a CCTV inspection helps you and keeps your drain pipes in working order

CCTV Inspections are done by engineers using state of the art equipment that gives you real-time information on the state of your drain pipes:

  • Waterproof cameras: These tiny cameras must operate under flowing water and in tight spaces. They provide engineers with a clear view into your drains, including areas that are impossible to see from above ground.
  • Access rods: Cameras are attached to these highly flexible rods which are used to push the cameras along your drainage system, helping them to navigate tight turns and corners.
  • Crawlers: Remote-operated crawlers are used to provide access to sewer systems, and obstructed pipes.
  • Sonar units: Sonar surveys are used for blocked pipes where visual access is impeded.
  • Real-time view of your drains. This is fed back to the engineer who can observe the condition of your drains. You will know immediately if there is a problem, what it is, and how to solve it.

Bates Environmental can

  • Clear blockages cheaply and efficiently by using rods or high-pressure water jetting.
  • Provide appropriately trained personnel.
  • Offer quick response times.
  • Clear blockages are far cheaper than our competitors.
  • Provide operatives 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Should a drainage blockage persist then a CCTV drainage survey may be needed to assess the condition of the pipe? This would highlight:

  • Broken pipes
  • Displaced joints
  • Build-up of limescale
  • Installation of pitch fibre pipes
  • Root Infestation

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Bates Environmental Ltd is the leading independent sewage treatment specialist in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and parts of Northamptonshire. We aim to deliver the highest professional service using our expertise in the design, supply, installation, servicing, and repair of all makes of sewage treatment plants, drainage and septic tank systems. If you require any drain unblocking service, then please get in touch with us here at Bates Environmental.