locatorPipeline inspection is a vital part of keeping your drain and sewer system in good condition. Most of the issues that occur in those pipes are pretty subtle to begin with, and it’s not like you frequently examine them closely. If you want to make sure that you aren’t surprised with a clog or massive leak, it’s a good idea to have the system checked at least once a year. Let’s take a look at some of the different camera techniques used in video pipeline inspection.


The simplest of video inspection techniques, pushcam inspections involve manually inserting a camera into the sewer line. The camera is fed into the system by a long cord, and sends a life feed back to the plumber operating it. Once the inspection is complete, the pushcam is removed. Puschcams may be the simplest devices used for pipeline inspections, but they’re still quite effective at diagnosing and pinpointing problems. That is, as long as you’re limiting your inspection to just the main line.

Lateral Launch Cameras

A lateral launch cam is similar to a pushcam in function, but not in practice. Lateral launch cameras are typically powered, for one, and are not usually pushed down the pipe manually. Secondly, and this is most important, lateral launch cameras can deploy a second camera. This is especially useful for inspecting a branch line off the main sewer line. When the camera reaches the branch line, it launches a second camera into the pipe to continue the inspection. This allows you to get a much more complete picture of your piping system, which is good when missing a problem could compound repair costs later.

Solo Robot Cameras

Going fully into the realm of autonomous inspections, solo robot cams are driven down the pipes by remote. Well, sort of. What actually happens is the dimensions of the pipe are programmed into the application before the robot is deployed. Once that’s done, the system is deployed and drives itself down the pipe. While the system is moving, it records data of all areas of the pipe in 360-degrees. The feed is sent back to the operator using the app, who can review the entire thing at leisure.

Solo robot cameras are great for a number of reasons. They allow omnidirectional panning, so branch lines can be readily inspected as well as the main line. They offer both front and back views, to ensure that nothing is missed. The technician can work on something else while the robot is completing its survey. It is very likely that solo robot camera inspections will become the norm over the next couple of decades. Even now, though, you can still benefit from using one on your sewer pipe to check for problems.

The Trusted Plumber provides comprehensive video pipeline inspection services throughout Sun City, AZ. If you need video pipeline inspection services of any kind, we can help you out. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.

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