Drain clogs can build up over time in either your sewer or drains, causing a build-up of thick sludge and debris. This can go unnoticed for some time, but once it worsens you will have no choice but to something about it. Tackling the issue when it’s too late will be expensive and time-consuming.
If you so much as suspect you may have a blockage in your drain or sewer, we recommend you contact us to use the best in drain inspection infrared thermographic technology to zero in on the cause before its too late.
Drain inspections are done to ensure the sewer pipes in your home are in good condition. Drains, whether in a residential or commercial building are always under a lot of strain. They have to drain sewage into the main line every other minute, if not all the time.
You wouldn’t even want to think much about the outcome of a leaking drain pipe. As such, close attention to these pipes is quite essential. They need to be inspected and cleaned regularly.
Drain inspections have become more efficient thanks to the infrared thermographic imaging technology. Without the technology, pipes would have to be inspected manually which is tedious and ineffective.
Infrared thermographic inspections can detect leaks, cracks, and clogs along the drain pipes quite easily.
Thermal Imaging Cameras
Infrared thermographic inspections are conducted with the help of thermal imaging cameras. These are electronic gadgets that help inspectors see things they would most likely miss with their naked eyes.
The cameras, through infrared, are able to distinguish thermal differences in space and produce images that reflect the differences. The color spectrum is used to show these differences.
During drain inspections, warm water is poured down the drain pipes, and the infrared cameras are used to follow its trails. The temperature changes caused along the way enables the camera to map out its trails. Any leaks or clogs will, therefore, be caught quite easily.
In an alternative method, a high-resolution infrared camera is inserted into the drain pipes and driven through them. The camera will show any cracks or clogs that might be within the pipes.
The camera records footage throughout its trip inside the pipe, which is then carefully examined by inspection experts later. They will be able to call out any abnormalities in the pipe if there are any and recommended appropriate solutions. A copy of the footage will be provided to you after the inspection as well.
This technology means that inspectors do not have to take your walls apart, or dig big trenches in your yard while conducting drain inspection. They only need to access key entry and exit points of the drain pipes.
Take for instance commercial buildings whose surrounding areas are paved with concrete or tarmac. It would be so much work and inconveniencing to try and excavate in such areas. Infrared thermographic inspections have provided an environmentally friendly way of conducting inspections. It makes it easy to conduct repairs if any problems are detected as well.
One of the popular repair methods of the use of an epoxy lining. It is used to repair leaks along drain pipes. The pipe liner is added from one end of the pipe and inflated to line the entire pipe. The epoxy lining seals any leaks that might be on the pipe. It is often a quick and simple process. More complex problems involve more labor and time intensive solutions.
Benefits of Drain Inspections
Regular drain inspections are essential for a residential or commercial building. They reveal the condition of the drain pipes in and around the building, to allow you to make the necessary repairs before the condition gets worse.
Ultimately, the inspections are going to save you the costs of complex repairs, if the problems are caught before they get worse.
Local governments have laws requiring property owners to ensure their drainage systems are in good conditions.
The laws differ from one local government to the other, but they all will require property owners to conduct drain inspections on their buildings after a certain period. The inspections will help you be compliant with the applicable rules and regulations.
Drain inspections are also necessary while purchasing a home. You do not want to purchase a home that has drainage system problems. Drainage is a very sensitive aspect of any property. A faulty drainage system is a health hazard. Ensure you get a drain inspection report before you purchase any property.
It is the responsibility of the seller to hire inspectors, from whom you’ll find out where the drainage systems are in perfect condition.
How Long Does a Drain Inspection Take?
Thanks to the infrared thermographic technology, drain inspections are very quick and seamless. It takes up to an hour to conduct a drain inspection of a single-family residence. It will take a while longer to inspect larger properties and buildings. Most residential buildings will be inspected within a day though.
Drain inspections are not the only kind of home inspection that uses infrared thermographic imaging. We also use technology to detect roof leaks, insulation leaks, and faulty electric components as well.