Video inspections for pipe systems of various kinds have been around in the plumbing industry for years. As a property manager or owner in San Diego or San Francisco, you may be thinking, why are pipe inspections important? Is this another way a plumbing company can add a few extra dollars to their bottom line? You might be surprised! The value of having a camera inspection done on your property’s pipe systems can save you from costly, inconvenient, and often uncomfortable plumbing problems. Video inspections are pivotal in determining your leaking pipe problem, sewer odor dilemma or backup toilet.
##1. VISUAL IDENTIFICATION
They say the first step in solving a problem is to identify it – that’s certainly the case with your pipes. Since pipe systems are hidden under concrete floors or buried behind drywall it can be difficult to know if you have a pipe problem until it’s too late. You will not know 100% the condition of your pipes until an internal camera inspection takes place. Whether you have a root intrusion problem or there’s a misaligned joint causing a leak, a camera will be able to identify a pipe system problem.
##2. IDENTIFY FUTURE PROBLEMS
During the pipe inspection process, the condition of your pipe system can tell if you have a leak or blockage. Inspections can also uncover future problems that your system may have down the road. For example, external corrosion can be identified as the pipe walls recede and become thinner. With thinning walls, in sewer and potable water systems, leaks and cracks can develop. In a pressurized water system identifying thinning areas can help you avoid future leak disasters that are very disruptive and costly to fix.
3. COST EFFECTIVE
Lastly, pipe inspections offer owners and property managers a custom roadmap for planning the cost to maintain and repair their pipe systems years from now. In a condominium, complex property managers and board of directors will be able to set aside the funds they need for future maintenance programs or repairs to keep systems working properly.
Pinch yourself before the plumbing nightmares begin by planning ahead. Plan for your pipes. Having a pipe inspection done will help you avoid those sudden pipe problems while also saving you money in the long-run.