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April 13th, 2016

The Drain Brain Offers State of the Art Video Pipe Inspection Services

There is nothing more distressing for homeowners than to have plumbing issues which result in water damage to the interior of your home.  Water damage can result from leaking/broken pipes to a back up of sewage from a clogged or poor functioning septic system.

Tompkins County septic services are provided by the experts at The Drain Brain.  One of their specialties is the repair and maintenance of septic systems.  As we will learn, most septic issues are caused by clogged pipes, and even the invasion of roots into the inlet and outlet pipes.

The Drain Brain uses state-of-the-art video inspection methods that simply introduce a fine wire with an attached micro camera The Drain Brainthat inspects those underground sections of pipes to determine the condition and/or the extent of the impaction.

Pipeline Video Inspection

To learn a little more about the actual video inspection process, let’s look at this explanation.

Pipeline video inspection is a form of telepresence used to visually inspect the interiors of pipelines. A common application is to determine the condition of small diameter sewer lines and household connection pipes.

Older sewer lines of small diameter, typically 6-inch (150 mm), are made by the union of a number of short 3 feet (0.91 m) sections. The pipe segments may be made of cast iron, with 12 feet (3.7 m) to 20 feet (6.1 m) sections, but are more often made of vitrified clay pipe (VCP), a ceramic material, in 3 feet (0.91 m), 4 feet (1.2 m) & 6 feet (1.8 m) sections. Each iron or clay segment will have an enlargement (a “bell”) on one end to receive the end of the adjacent segment. Roots from trees and vegetation may work into the joins between segments and can be forceful enough to break open a larger opening in terra cotta or corroded cast iron. Eventually a root ball will form that will impede the flow and this may cleaned out by a cutter mechanism and subsequently inhibited by use of a chemical foam – a rooticide.

With modern video equipment the interior of the pipe may be inspected – this is a form of non-destructive testing. A small diameter The Drain Braincollector pipe will typically have a cleanout access at the far end and will be several hundred feet long, terminating at a manhole. Additional collector pipes may discharge at this manhole and a pipe (perhaps of larger diameter) will carry the effluent to the next manhole, and so forth to a pump station or treatment plant. (

Septic Services in Ithaca

Ithaca abounds with excellent service providers in all fields, but when it comes to Ithaca septic services, The Drain Brain should be first on your list.  Experienced, professional and efficient technicians are on our team and ready to help assist homeowners with their plumbing and septic system needs.

Proper maintenance and immediate examination of septic systems before major issues develop is recommended.  At the first sign of drainage issues, contact The Drain Brain to evaluate the situation and provide you with a detailed repair estimate.  Remember to ask them about their video pipe inspection methods and how this might be the best option to determine the extent of repairs needed.

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