Video Pipe Inspection Reporting: How Inspections Are Documented

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Evan Mowbray

Video Pipe Inspection Reporting: How Inspections Are Documented

CCTV Video pipe inspections are a valuable tool for understanding the inside of a pipe with proper documentation. By documenting the inside of the pipe, we can locate any issues, including any defects, blockages, surface features and cross bores. Our team is able to help determine the current state of your pipes and make decisions to correct these issues with both pre-construction and post-construction inspections. The tools we use at Trinity help you get the best information possible and you can be assured that you have the understanding needed to make adjustments and fixes to your pipes.

We start by determining the scope of your project. What length of pipe is being serviced and does it need to be cleaned out through jetting or other means before inspection? What surface features exist that we can enter a camera through? Do the lateral pipes need to be inspected? Once we determine this information, we can find the best tools possible to suit your pipe inspection needs. Smaller pipes can be inspected with a push camera, feeding a camera into a pipe. A pipe inspection crawler can enter through the pipe, remotely controlled by a technician from a separate display. These crawlers have rotating camera heads that allow the technician to get a full look into any issues along a stretch of pipe. Lateral launch crawlers are similar to the standard pipe inspection crawler with increased lateral inspection abilities built in, allowing us to inspect areas where water comes into the main pipeline.

No matter which tool is used to examine the pipe, all of this information is fed into the display. This is typically achieved by connecting the crawler to our video pipe inspection van, where our technicians can control the crawler and update any details for the inspection report. This connection allows the technician to take notes during the inspection process, adding notations on details such as sediment buildup, the overall water level, visible watermarks, and any surface features. All of these notes are included along with a recording feed that adds these notes over the inspection footage. This recording allows us to reexamine the footage for an additional look, allowing us to check for anything that may have been overlooked during the initial inspection process. Once we have the footage from the field inspection, we take the footage and process it in the office. This footage allows us to generate a final report.

The final video pipe inspection report is documented through both the videos of the inspection and notes taken both in the field and in the office. This information details the length, size, and material of the pipe, along with water direction, the reason for the inspection, and even the weather on the day of the recording. The video pipe inspection report includes all the notes notated in the field or added post-inspection, including screenshots of features or issues that are detailed in the notes. This final report allows the client and other construction professionals to get a visual clarification of the inside of the pipe.

Video pipe inspections are an important part of understanding what needs to be fixed from inside of a sanitary or sewer line. Trinity Subsurface offers video pipe inspections along with suggestions on how to improve your pipes and keep the water flowing. Call us today to find out more about our video pipe inspection capabilities and our other pipe services, including hydro jetting and pipe repairs.

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