Once you’ve determined you have a drainage issue, actually locating the main drain can often prove difficult. As they are commonly found in a utility area or hiding somewhere in the basement, they frequently get covered by clutter and forgotten about entirely until you have a problem with your drainage system. Not only will we use our infrared thermal technology to determine the cause of any clogs, we will also utilize the same technology to detect the location of your main drain as well.
Drain location refers to the spot where your drainage pipes meet municipal sewer lines. You are responsible for the condition of the drain pipes from your house up to this point. You might wonder why you need to know about the drain location. It is inevitable that your drain pipes will need some repairs at some point. Your drain pipes are accessed for repair and unclogging from the drain location. If you don not find the problem before it’s too late, you may be in trouble. Excavation is always the last option, it is tedious, messy, and very expensive.
Where is the Drain Location?
Many people do not know where the drain location of their home is until they are faced with clogged pipes. Here are a couple of ways in which you can locate the cleanout spot.
Engineering plans for the property will always have the drainage system clearly drawn. Building professionals who can read the plans will be able to easily identify the drain location. The plans are always labelled. It should not be difficult for you to identify the cleanout location even if you are not a building professional.
If you do not have a plan or map from your you can refer, you have no choice but to get out and search around is some likely spots. The spot is usually in front of your property just next to the street, or on the side of the house just below the bathroom.
You’ll be looking for 4-inch wide pipe that has a screw cap on top. The cap usually has a square knob at the top. It is usually easy to spot as it pops out of the ground.
In some not so common instances, the drain location might be in the basement. At times they are also placed within a drywall. Some of these locations make it difficult to access the drain location. For instance, if it is in the walls, you’ll have to cut through the walls to access it. That can lead to a lot of complications.
Cleaning from The Drain Location
Cleaning or unclogging your drainage from the drain location requires professionals if you want to be certain your drainage is left in perfect condition. We suggest you get in touch with us if you have drainage problems. It takes us minutes to locate the drain location even without plans or maps. We have state of the art technology that we use to detect leaks, clogs, and cracks along the pipes. We can also properly repair them from the drain location.
Infrared Thermographic Imaging
This is one of the most revolutionary technologies that we use in home inspections. This technology enables us to easily and quickly identify clogs and leaks along the drain pipes. A perfect pinpoint of the clogged or leaking spot enables us to work on it from the drain location, or from any other appropriate section.
The infrared thermographic imaging technology involves the use of an infrared camera. The camera captures infrared emissions due to heat changes and displays them as color spectrum images. The differences in temperatures cause different sections of the pipes to register different colors. Our technicians will drive the camera into the pipes from the drain location, and record footage. The footage is then examined to identify any problems that might be present.
The other technique is sending warm water down the drain pipes, and taking external images with the infrared camera. The camera will capture the trail of the water as flows through the pipe as a result of the temperature changes it will cause.
Infrared thermographic inspections are not limited to drainage systems only. They are also used to investigate roofing, insulation, and electric systems. The technology is used across all aspects of a home inspection.
It is important that you get your drainage system inspected regularly. We conduct infrared thermographic inspections, which are currently the highest standard of inspection. We will be able to catch leaks and clogs in your system before they escalate into bigger problems.
We recommend that you schedule an annual inspection and general maintenance. Drainage systems can be damaged by the weight of things above them, and weather conditions. If you have a landscape with mature trees around your home, the roots could damage the pipes. The inspection would be able to note some of these aspects before they cause problems. You also need to get an inspection report before you purchase a home. You wouldn’t want to move into a home whose drainage system is in shambles.
drain location are strategically placed during construction, to make it easy to maintain your drainage system. They make it quite easy to unclog your drainage pipes. The infrared thermographic technology has made the maintenance of drainage systems a lot easier. When we conduct an inspection, we will advise you on what to do to ensure you don’t have to deal with the same problem again. Call us today and we’ll send one of our technicians to your property. Our inspection service might just save you the hassle and expense of getting your whole backyard dug up.