Camera and Locating
Pipe inspection cameras let you see what’s really happening inside your sewer lines. You might be wondering why you would want to see what’s in your sewer lines. The answer is that it will save you money.
If you having trouble with a sewer line, camera inspection by Clearwater Cleanup Company will discover the cause of the problem. Instead of paying to have the line cleared over and over, you will have the problem fixed once and for all. If excavation of the line is needed, we can pinpoint the exact location and depth, which will greatly reduce the extent and the cost of digging.
Clearwater provides pipe inspection using the video cameras with the newest technology and exceptional resolution. Our cameras are great diagnostic tools, essential in our efforts to find long-term solutions for our customers.
For inspection details, please select your sewer line size:
- For pipes 1 to 6 inches in diameter (residential, commercial, industrial, municipal)
- For pipes 6 to 60 inches in diameter (commercial, industrial, municipal)
What can you learn from a sewer camera?
- Determine whether we successfully cleaned a line.
- Inspect the condition of municipal sewer lines.
- Trace the layout of a pipe, so that it can be tapped into, or avoided.
- Discover low spots, off-set joints, or broken pipe.
- Determine cause of frozen line.
- Find foreign debris, ice, roots, rocks or soft clogs.
- Pinpoint location of a problem, for precise excavation.
- Determine the depth of a pipe within a few inches.
- Find a septic tank or sand trap.
- Discover utility lines that cut through the sewer line.
- Determine “fall” or slope of a pipe
- Locate lost manholes and clean-outs.
- Find and view sewer taps.
- Locate and travel up branch lines.
- Find utility “pigs” and “rats”.
- Thread wires through a conduit.
- Discover lost electrical vaults.
- View obstructed culverts and evaluate amount of debris.
- Look inside a sink-hole or void to determine its nature.
- Safely view inside of vessels.
- Inspect dam under-drains.
Preparing your pipes for show business.
Before the cameras can roll, we’ll need to clean your pipes. If there is too much sand or debris in your line, the camera won’t be able to navigate down the pipe. High-pressure jetting first will result in better camera distance.
If your sewer line is backed up, the camera lens will be under water, and won’t be able to “see” anything. Jetting first to clear the line will give us a much better view so we can find the source of the problem.
For pipes 1 to 6 inches in diameter (residential, commercial, industrial and municipal)
For lines 6 inches or less in diameter, we use cameras that are pushed into the line at the end of a cable. The longer the cable, the less flexibility it has to navigate bends in the pipe.
Push camera for 1” pipe: Used for color viewing of 1 to 4” diameter pipe. Can only go 30 feet, but can handle lots of bends in line. Camera can record to USB flash drive or take still shot.
Push camera for 1 ¼” pipe: Used for black & white viewing of 1.25 to 4” diameter pipe. Camera can be pushed up to 160 ft. with 2 bends. Pipe can be viewed on monitor only; does not make recording.
Push camera for 1 ½” pipe: Used for color viewing 1.5 to 6” diameter pipe up to 200 ft. with 2 or 3 bends. Has adjustable focus and can make recording to USB flash drive or take still shot.
Push camera for 2” pipe: Used for color viewing 2 to 6” diameter pipe. Very unusual push distance of 500 feet, but does not go around bends worth a darn. Camera has adjustable focus and can make recording to USB flash drive or take still shot.
Not all pipes can be successfully navigated with a camera. We might not be able to view a line with too many 90 degree bends or other obstructions. In some cases, access can be created by installing a clean-out or taking apart a section of pipe.
What is locating and how is it done?
Locating is tracing the exact path of a sewer line, or determining the location of a septic tank, clean-out, or a problem, such as a break or belly.
Our cameras have measurement readers that tell us how far the camera head has traveled, but not where it traveled. Fortunately, the camera head also has a transponder, which sends out signals that can be picked up by a receiver above ground. We can then determine the exact location and depth of the camera head, within a few inches.
For pipes 6 to 60 inches in diameter (commercial, industrial, municipal)
Tractor Camera: Clearwater is proud to offer this incredible resource for high-resolution inspection of larger pipes and vessels. While most tractor camera systems are mounted in a van, ours is operated from a portable box that reaches your most congested or distant work sites.
- Inspects sewer pipes from 6 to 60” in diameter.
- Inspects tanks and vessels.
- Travels up to 1,000 feet from Outpost box, which in itself is completely mobile.
- Six-wheel tractor steers like a skid-steer loader, so it can travel up side pipes
- Color, digital, high-resolution camera has pan and tilt action to view all aspects of the pipe.
- Lens can zoom-in on objects up to 135 feet away.
- Operator can easily record the location of protruding taps and other features or problems.
- Single operator can inspect up to 8,000 feet per day (if pipe is clean and navigable).
- Measures rate of fall, recorded with footage on an easy-to-read graph.
- Laser can measure distance between 2 points, such as the length of a crack.
- A grid can be imposed over the picture of a hole or other object to plot the exact size and shape.
- Video is recorded on a USB flash drive. We can provide multiple recordings as needed. Paper reports with graphs can be printed from the flash drive. Still shots can be printed or e-mailed.
- Outpost box is a 1,000-pound, 4 foot cube. It can be hauled on our 4-wheel drive pick-up truck, an All-Terrain Vehicle, Snow Cat, helicopter, loader bucket, fork lift, or even disassembled and carried by hand.
- Camera system is entirely self-sufficient. Powered by its own generator or battery pack.