How Does A Crawler Camera System Work?
For business owners, a few key things are important: the bottom line, client relations, and a healthy pipe system. That’s right. Complications with sewer lines can cause serious problems, such as Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), which can disrupt the flow of operations at your workplace. In one U.S. city, 43% of SSOs were estimated to have been caused by pipe blockages. The tricky thing about pipes, however, is that you can’t see inside of them. At least, not without the help of specialty plumbing cameras. More specifically, large-scale commercial sewer lines require advanced crawler camera systems to locate potential blockages and prevent future problems.
What is a crawler camera?
Most homeowners are probably familiar with the classic pushrod cameras. Using a high-resolution camera attached to a long, flexible rod, a professional technician will direct the rod through drain lines up to 36 inches in diameter. However, most industrial sewer lines go well over this limit. In these cases, a crawler camera system is needed.
An industrial grade crawler camera is capable of inspecting sewer and storm drain systems up to 60 inches in diameter. These cameras are remotely-controlled, self-propelling, and able to record high-quality videos and images of sewers and pipelines. An experienced technician will control the camera from above ground while receiving a live feed of the footage.
What are the benefits of using a crawler camera?
Being able to extract geographical data in a large and complex sewer line allows the system to be accurately managed through the years. A crawler camera’s transmitter sends signals above ground that provide information about the direction of the pipeline, as well as the exact location of a potential problem area. This technology gives technicians the necessary information to map out the specific topography of a pipeline with ease and precision. Blockages or other problems can be easily pinpointed, which significantly reduces the amount of digging that has to be done. Furthermore, regular inspection protects you from potential health department violations.
What happens if a blockage is found?
If a blockage is located through a crawler camera, high-powered jetting systems are your best bet. Water-jetting can break up stubborn grease, soap, cooking waste, food oil, tree roots, or any other debris in your pipes. By controlling the pressure of the water jet, pipe walls can be completely scoured to remove obstructions that have caused clogs or blockages.
I’m interested in using a crawler camera. How can I get started?
Catching potential risks before they snowball into larger problems is key when it comes to managing a pipeline system. Today, many commercial projects use advanced video camera inspections for preventative maintenance. To have a commercial sewer system inspected using a crawler camera, contact a team of experienced professionals like All County Sewer and Drain, whose top-of-the-line crawler camera system can pinpoint details perfectly. When it comes to sewer lines, never wait until the last minute. Keep an eye on what’s happening.