Video Camera
Line Inspection
A video camera allows for a visual inspection of underground sewer lines and
other piping to determine the condition inside the pipe. A flexible rod with a
specially designed, high-resolution video camera on its tip is inserted into the
pipe for inspection. As the rod is pushed through the pipe, the waterproof
camera records its progress and findings. Video images are transmitted to the
camera operator and can be saved onto a videotape for a permanent record.   

Video cameras may be used to identify damage and obstructions that inhibit
proper flow or create occasional or repeated backups. The cameras also verify
that obstructions have been removed and that the lines are clean following
service. The condition of a line typically cannot be determined without a visual
inspection using an in-line camera.

Video camera inspections pinpoint problems:

•  Broken, cracked or collapsed pipe - damaged pipes requiring repair or
replacement.

•  Offset pipe - sewer pipes have become misaligned due to shifting soil, frozen
ground, settling, etc.

•  Blockage - grease buildup or a foreign object is restricting or prohibiting proper
flow and/or cleaning of the line.

•  Corrosion - the pipe has deteriorated and/or broken, causing collapses in the
line and restricting flow.

•  Bellied pipe - a section of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions,
creating a valley that collects paper and waste.

•  Leaking joints - the seals between pipes have broken, allowing water to
escape into the area surrounding the pipe.

•  Root infiltration - tree or shrub roots have invaded the sewer line, preventing
normal cleaning and/or have damaged the line.

•  Off-grade pipe — existing pipes are constructed of substandard material that
may have deteriorated or corroded.

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