How CCTV Cameras and Hydro-Jetting Are Revolutionising Drainage Services

Many people don’t realise that advanced, waterproof CCTV cameras are an essential part of a drainage specialist’s  equipment.

Cameras provide visual access to many hard to reach places – especially the insides of drains – meaning experts can now get accurate and precise information about a blockage. In the past, drain unblocking involved a lot of guesswork, trial and error, and digging up yards to find the problem. These days, a CCTV drain inspection allows plumbers, drain layers and other professionals to see the problem directly and use that information to find the best solution.

How Does a CCTV Drain Inspection Work?

The cameras used in drain inspections are specially designed and fit for purpose. They are attached to either a flexible rod, which is manipulated by hand to explore the pipes, or to a crawling robot for deeper dives. The camera transmits a real-time video feed to the operator so they can identify the nature of the blockage. Very different solutions are needed depending on whether the blockage is caused by waste building up or by plant roots penetrating the pipes, so this visual information makes for more efficient solutions. The cameras also feature sensors that record the depth and location of any problems found, taking the guesswork out of locating the issue.

More Accurate Quotes

Along with simpler and more efficient solutions, the in-depth assessment provided by a CCTV drain inspection means a more accurate quote for you. The more guesswork that is involved in determining the problem with your drains, the more guesswork will go into your quote – and that is a recipe for unexpected costs!

Hydro Jetting: a Versatile Solution

One of the most common solutions for blocked drains is hydro-jetting. This method is far more efficient than alternatives such as ‘rodding’ and will take care of problems ranging from scales to grease and debris.

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting is just what it sounds like – a jet of highly pressurised water is blasted through the blocked pipes at incredible speed, tearing material loose as it goes.

The water used in hydro jetting is usually pressurised up to 5,000 psi or higher and as much as 75 litres a minute will travel through the pipes. Before jetting occurs, your plumber will work out which way is down in the pipe and pump water in the opposite direction, against gravity. That way, the dislodged blockage and other materials will flow back down and out of the pipe once pressure is released. The flowing nature of water means that it can provide a far more comprehensive clean than a manual method like rodding.

More Benefits of Hydro Jetting

As well providing a very comprehensive clean for pipes, hydro jetting provides a number of other benefits.

  • Unlike chemical cleaners, hydro jetting only uses water to clean. It leaves behind no residue, meaning the pipes will stay cleaner for longer.
  • Hydro jetting is much faster than other techniques.
  • The ability to control the pressure of the water means hydro jetting is suitable for everything from small domestic jobs to heavy duty industrial projects.
  • Hydro jetting is safer for you, your plumber, and the environment.

For fully scalable drain maintenance, drain unblocking, environmental spill containment, CCTV inspection and more, talk to the team at HydroVac. Our experts have been leading the way in commercial, industrial and domestic solutions for more than 30 years.