Drain Inspection Camera Dos and Don’ts


Drain cameras are used extensively these days to find out what is causing backup or pipe blockage without any guesswork or having to dig up the yard. However, while using a drain inspection camera or manoeuvring it through a damaged pipe, accidental damage to the plumbing camera can be a serious concern. It is possible to avoid damaging this equipment by following certain tips and tricks. 

To ensure a long working life for your plumbing camera, please take the following points into account.

  • At the very beginning, carry out a simple check of the camera system. All recommended maintenance measures specific to the system must be followed. Some general maintenance tasks to be followed on a regular basis include checking for missing ground prongs, damaged switches, pulled out strain reliefs, and damaged power cords. Also, don’t forget to clean and lubricate all moving parts, bearings, and bushings at least twice a year.      
  • The most expensive, vulnerable, and important part of a drain camera system is its camera head. If you are serious about its health, a drain camera should never be used to bust through clogs. Though this may sound like a no brainer, many users end up making this expensive mistake. Once a clog appears on the monitor, it is important to stop immediately and decide on the appropriate course of action. If you are looking to bust clogs, there are many better tools for this purpose compared to drainage cameras. If you still want to take a chance, be prepared for a cracked cover or lens, or other damage to the camera. 
  • While using this equipment, be extremely attentive to any damages or blockages because they can also cause serious harm to your inspection camera. If you notice something unusual in your monitor, take your time to decide your next steps. Don’t move the camera too fast through the pipeline unless a twist is encountered in the line. 
  • Never be rough with your drain inspection camera systems. Please remember that any equipment tends to last longer when it is handled with care. The most serious damage you can cause to your drain camera is by running the pushrod in a harsh manner. It is highly recommended that your hands remain as low and close as possible to the drain. When you reach a bend within the pipeline, use short and quick movements. This will significantly reduce the risk of damage to your equipment.
  • There is no denying the fact that accidents will happen, even if your exercise extreme caution while using your inspection camera. If the damage caused to your equipment is irreversible, you may have to invest in a new inspection camera system. While purchasing a new drain camera system, it is important for you to allocate sufficient budget for its repairs and maintenance in the future. If you are able to maintain and repair your equipment in a timely manner, it will certainly last for a long time. 
  • The longevity of your equipment can also be increased simply by keeping the reeling and camera clean. Don’t forget to clean the lens after each use. Also, never use an oil cleanser for this purpose because it may lead to impairment of the camera lens. Instead, remove any dirt or debris from the camera head by wiping gently using a dry cloth. 

If you are looking for a sewer inspection camera, Austeck can provide you the best available options. Operating since 1992, we have established ourselves as the Australia’s most trusted name in the field of pipeline inspection and rehabilitation.