Leaks can be a real pain. When your pipes leak, it can cause mold inside your home. This can not only damage your property, but it could also cause you to get ill.
Leaks can also cause weaknesses in your floors and walls. In extreme cases, the pipes might even break, causing your home to be flooded.
Plumbing technicians are always finding new ways to utilize modern technology to their advantage. The video leak detection system is an exciting piece of technology that allows plumbing technicians to quickly and accurately diagnose leaks.
Here’s exactly what you should expect from this advanced new detection equipment.
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A good plumbing system should be well hidden. When your plumbing is working well, you shouldn’t even know it is there. In most homes, the pipes are placed underground, under a thick slab of concrete.
This is great until you start having issues with your plumbing.
Sometimes, you’ll find that leaks can go undetected for a very long time. Since the pipes are so well hidden, it can take a while before you even notice anything has happened.
You might notice that your water bill has suddenly increased or you might see a significant drop in water pressure. If you have a home that’s a few decades old, it’s quite likely that you have some issues with your underground pipes.
Thankfully, modern technology makes it easy to diagnose these issues. There’s no reason to rip up the floors unnecessarily. Many companies now use video leak detection technology.
Video detection is quite simple. A plumber uses a special waterproof camera to inspect your pipe for leaks. The camera is flexible enough that it can easily navigate the pipes under your home.
The camera is operated by a plumbing expert who has the necessary training to interpret what the camera shows. The technician will have a screen or monitor where he can watch a live feed from the camera.
This allows the technician to establish whether or not there’s a leak very quickly. The video footage will also be recorded so it can be referred to later on if necessary.
There are many clear advantages to using this kind of detection equipment. For a start, you won’t need to rip up any of your floors. It goes without saying that this is more desirable.
Using video leak detection also allows you to establish what is wrong very quickly. Whether a leak was caused by frozen pipes or a buildup of debris, the video system will find it.
If there’s a leak, the technician can probably find it in less than an hour. Compare this to more traditional methods of detection, which might take several days.
Not only is this more convenient, but it also means you won’t need to pay as much to have the leak detected.
Another advantage is the high level of precision offered by video leak detection technology. The majority of the time, it’s incredibly easy to pinpoint exactly where the leak is coming from.
This means it’s a lot easier to fix the leak right the first time around.
It also means the technician will be able to give you a quick and accurate estimate as to how much you will need to spend to correct the problem. In the past, you might’ve had to rip up the floors before you could get an estimate.
The high level of precision means the repairs will be a lot less disruptive. Instead of having to book the whole day off work, you might be able to get away with just an afternoon.
It also means the damage to your property will be minimal. If flooring has to be damaged to access pipes, the technician knows exactly where the problem is.
They can access just the area of the pipe that has the leak, without doing any unnecessary damage.
Find the Cause
Not only can the video leak detection system track down leaks, but it can also find out the exact cause.
For example, leaks are often caused by debris buildup inside the pipes. The buildup causes the water to be forced into the wrong places. This can easily lead to a leak.
In some cases, you might fix the leak, but not the cause of the leak. With this detection system, this is not an issue.
The vast majority of the time, you’ll not only find the leak, but you’ll also find the exact cause of the leak.
There’s more to the video camera than just finding and fixing leaks.
For example, it is a great tool for finding jewelry that’s been lost in your pipes. Before this technology, finding a lost wedding ring inside the pipes would be all but impossible.
Thanks to the video leak detection technology, you could easily find it in half an hour.
There is also another application for this technology. If you’re buying a new home, you can use the video camera to check the integrity of the pipes.
Damaged or blocked pipes could be extremely costly. You wouldn’t want to buy a house that has significant problems with the pipes.
Do you have problems with your plumbing? Video leak detection can accurately and quickly diagnose the majority of plumbing problems.
Most good plumbing and drain services are now utilizing this exciting new technology.
Even if you don’t have any problems with your plumbing (that you’re aware of), it might still be a good idea to get your pipes checked out using this technology. If your house is a few decades old, it’s quite likely that your pipes and drains have developed some issues.
Alternatively, you can also troubleshoot and try to find the problem yourself before you call a plumber with video leak detection tools. Watch this video below:
When you do preventive maintenance on your plumbing, it’s almost always less expensive than getting it fixed when something goes wrong. The video camera can easily detect debris buildup, which can quickly become a big problem.
Do you currently have plumbing issues? Then get in touch with us for an estimate!