Drain Inspection: The Different Methods Explained

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Have you had your drain pipes examined in the past year or so? If it’s been years since the sewers in your municipality or city have been inspected, then a sewer scoping is long overdue. This is so that issues such as corrosion or sagging can be detected before they get worse, thus keeping the pipes in optimal condition.

Federal AC utilizes various methods when we carry out a sewer pipe inspection in Charlotte, NC. Some of the ways that we inspect pipes are as follows.


As the name suggests, this pipe camera inspection method involves attaching a specially designed camera to a long, flexible ”cord”. The camera is then manually pushed into the pipe while it transmits the live feedback to the plumber’s monitor. The only challenge with this method is that you cannot use it around bends and drain junctions, and it’s only suitable for inspecting the main pipe line.

Robot Cam

This is a more advanced sewer camera inspection method. The robot camera does not require a remote to operate. Instead, the parameters of the sewer system need to be programmed into the device. After that, you only need to launch the robotic camera and it will follow the programmed parameters.

Lateral Launching Pipe Camera Inspection

Lateral launch cameras are mounted on crawlers that allow them to reverse if needed. A lateral launch inspection is when a sewer line that branches from the main line is inspected simultaneously with the main line itself. This is accomplished due to the fact that a lateral launch camera deploys a secondary camera that goes in the direction of the sewer line that branches out from the main line, but it can only reach up to 150 ft from the main line. The main line, on the other hand, can be inspected, but not beyond 1, 000 ft.

Other methods of pipe and drain inspection include dye testing, water air pressure testing, and water analysis.

If your city or municipality’s pipes and drains need to be inspected, call Federal EC for quality inspection services.


When you need top-quality pipe inspection and repair services in the greater Atlanta area and Charlotte, North Carolina, don’t think twice about getting in touch with us here at Federal EC. Our pipe specialists would be more than happy to assist you with all of your project requirements. Contact our team today by calling us or filling out the online form. Federal EC serves Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC. We look forward to working with you.

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