Brooks Plumbing Co. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Video Pipe Inspection’

When You Need Drain Cleaning, Trust the Professionals

Monday, March 20th, 2017

drain-cleaningThe drains and pipes of your plumbing system probably aren’t something you think about a whole lot. That is, until something goes wrong with them. And even then, you’re likely tempted to go out and by a chemical drain cleaner, or perhaps even attempt drain snaking on your own to remove a stubborn clog.

First off, store-bought chemical drain cleaners can actually do more harm than good—clogging up your drains even further and even causing corrosion. Attempting drain snaking on your own—without the appropriate training, experience, or knowledge of how to use the tools involved—can end in property damage and personal injury. What you need instead are professional drain snaking services in Dupont, WA.

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Video Pipe Inspection: Discover Plumbing Issues Before They Grow

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The average Olympia home’s plumbing system is pretty complex and usually hidden from view. This is beneficial for many reasons; however, it can also cause a couple of issues, particularly when it comes to diagnosing problems within the plumbing system.

For years, the only way to find a specific plumbing system issue was to tear up your pipes until they could be physically examined. This was hardly a cost effective of energy efficient method. This is why we now use video pipe inspection. This technology allows us to ensure that your plumbing, drain, and sewer system are still in decent working condition.

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How Can I Tell that I Need Video Pipe Inspection for My Plumbing?

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Honestly, this question is best left up to the professional that responds to your home. He or she will be able to judge the situation and whether or not it needs any given solution. That being said, it’s never a bad thing to know more about your plumbing system, and the problems associated with it. Let’s take a look at what video pipe inspection is, and when it is most appropriate.

Video Pipe Inspection

Video pipe inspection is a type of visual inspected conducted by remote. It utilizes a small camera, equipped with lights and motors that allow it to see and rotate. Additional equipment may be attached, depending on the needs of the technician. These cameras are attached to a long cable, which often connects to a power source in the service truck.

During the pipe inspection, the camera is lowered down the pipe. Rollers are often used to improve the camera’s mobility. Once the camera is in place, the camera operator uses a computer to view the feed and remotely control the camera’s movement.

Why Use Video Pipe Inspection?

Video pipe inspection is commonly used to gain more information about blockages in your home’s pipes. Without knowing what exactly is causing the blockage, the technician is operating at a disadvantage when trying to remove it. It could be a tangle of hair, or food waste, or lime scale. It could even be a tree root that’s grown into the pipe. If the technician tries to remove a tree root, believing it to be hair, he or she can damage equipment and waste time. For this reason, video pipe inspections are used to verify what exactly the problem is before a solution is decided.

Video pipe inspections are not limited to blockages. In areas where the pipe is inaccessible any other way, video pipe inspections can find leaks and other damage that would otherwise be difficult to address.

If you need help with your plumbing, call Brooks Plumbing to schedule professional plumbing services in the Olympia area.

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