If you own or work in a commercial building such as an office,
warehouse or retail store, then you’ll know how important it is to
keep things running smoothly for everyone who lives or works in the
issues with your plumbing or drains can be extremely invconvenient,
especially if you work in a large property which makes it difficult
to identify the source of the problem. Luckily, professional drainage
consultants can make things much easier by performing a drain survey;
using camera or CCTV technology, drain camera services can identify
the cause before it escalates. If you want to know more about drain
camera services, the type of situations they’re used in and how
they can help your business, see our guide below.
What is a drain
camera services can refer to several different things; from a CCTV
survey to damage assessment or drain mapping. We will discuss these
in more detail later on, but all of the above use specialised cameras
to send a live video feed of the pipes back to workers above ground.
cameras is a quick and efficient way to look at a building’s
plumbing system, without the need to pull up floorboards or interfere
too much with the building’s structure.
How are they used?
stated, a drain camera can be used for several different things,
although it is usually to identify and diagnose any problems if you
think there may be a blockage or damage somewhere in the plumbing
system. We will discuss the uses of drain cameras in more detail
CCTV drain survey provides a professional, thorough inspection of
your plumbing system and pipes, both above and below ground. They can
be requested at any time, although usually if there is a suspected
blockage or when a property is changing hands.
flexible cameras are inserted into the drain, which are able to bend
round corners and thoroughly examine pipes of all widths, from 50mm
to 900mm in diameter. A live feed is fed via video link to the drain
contractors, who then provide a detailed report (and sometimes
accompanying DVD) showing the condition of your drains.
report is able to provide information about the pipework’s
condition, any defects, leaks or blockages, the location of drainage
runs and in depth details of all manhole covers and their pipe
To identify blockages
of the main reasons businesses request drain camera services is to
identify any drain blockages which have the potential to cause a lot
of damage if left unchecked. If sinks or lavatories have been
draining slowly, not flushing correctly or backing up with water then
it’s very likely that you have a blockage that needs addressing.
Poorly functioning plumbing can be highly inconvenient for any
building, but especially if you work in a large building with a lot
cameras can quickly and effectively find the source of the clog,
without having to use invasive methods. A drainage company can then
advise you on the best course of action, depending on the location
and size of the blockage.
drain mapping survey is used to identify the pipework system, and
it’s an essential step to carry out before any building project can
go ahead. Many older buildings do not have existing or up to date
blueprints of their pipe and drainage system, but it’s essential to
know the position of all sewer pipes to make sure they aren’t
damaged during construction work.
mapping uses CCTV cameras to provide a detailed and comprehensive map
of the drainage system, plus information such as pipe sizes, depth
levels, manhole locations and wastewater flow directions. The drain
mapping cost is more than worth it compared to the cost of repairing
any damage to pipes or the drainage infrastructure, so it’s vital
to update the information before carrying out any construction on
your commercial building.
To find a lost item
a wedding ring or any other expensive or sentimental item down a
drain can be devastating, but there are ways to retrieve the item
before it’s too late. A drain camera can help plumbers to locate
the item and decide how to get it back while causing the least
not practical to begin excavating walls or checking whole lengths of
pipes, especially in a commercial building, but a drain camera can
pinpoint where the item is quickly and easy. Many drain companies
also provide 24 hour emergency callouts, invaluable when you might
need to hold off from flushing or running water to prevent the item
being washed away.
Identifying a leak
aren’t immediately obvious in a large building, but if you’ve
noticed higher water bills, a musty smell or damp patches, then it’s
best to investigate as soon as possible. In an office block or multi
storey building, it could be virtually impossible to identify the
source of the leak yourself, but a drain camera will be able to
locate it easily.
can cause extensive structural damage if not repaired quickly, as
well as attracting the growth of mould or damaging electrical
equipment, so it’s vital to call out a plumber or drain contractor
as soon as possible.
Buying a new building
thorough inspection of any building is a good idea before you buy,
and especially if it’s going to be used for commercial purposes.
It’s a good idea to carry out a general structural survey before
buying a building, but some aren’t detailed enough to include the
drainage system. Drain camera services can inspect the interior
pipes and find out exactly what condition they’re in before you
make a purchase; some mortgage companies and banks even insist on one
being carried out before buying a large or expensive property.
drain survey prior to purchase can save thousands of pounds in the
long run, and help you identify any issues before you spend money on
costly repairs and maintenance.
mentioned above, drain mapping is essential if you’re thinking of
carrying out building or construction work on an existing building.
Having a blueprint of where all pipes are located can help enormously
when remodelling a building, especially if you’re building straight
onto the building’s foundation. Again, this can save a lot of money
in the long run as you won’t run the risk of bursting or damaging
any existing pipes.
Sonar drain tracing
can be used in conjunction with CCTV drain cameras, and involves
transmitting electrical pulses via specialist equipment to
investigate underground. It gives an even more accurate picture of
underground drain networks, including concealed manholes and
collapsed pipes. Sonar drain tracing is often used alongside drain
cameras if the job is particularly delicate or if one wrong move with
a camera could cause further damage.
you’re in need of professional drain camera services for your
commercial building, get in touch with Drainage Consultants Limited.
We can provide a full range of services, including CCTV drain
surveys, drain mapping and sonar drain tracing, as well as drain
cleaning and repairs. Whether you need an accurate survey before
buying a new property or emergency drain clearance, we have over 20
years of experience in all aspects of drainage. For more information
about our services or to discuss your needs, give us a call or visit