When and How Did Sewer Camera Inspection Start?

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Trenchless sewer repair in Seattle, WA has revolutionized underground plumbing repair. This is thanks in part to the innovation of sewer camera inspection technology. Being able to see the whole inside of sewer pipes is crucial for repairs and analysis. When and how did this game-changing method of pipeline assessment begin?

Origins of Sewer Camera Inspection

Sewer camera inspection traces its origins back to the early 1960s. Penetryn Systems. known best for restoring concrete on railroad bridges during World War II patented a device that can access a sewer or pipeline open joint. They later developed sewer inspection services in 1963. They created a sewer inspection devices company called Community Utility Equipment Supply or CUES. The company developed and created the prototype device that they sold to municipalities by 1974.

Development of Modern Sewer Camera Technology

The development of modern sewer camera technology accelerated in the 1970s and 1980s. There were advancements in miniature camera design, optics, and lighting systems. Early sewer cameras used small, waterproof cameras attached to flexible cables. This allowed them to navigate through pipes and transmit real-time video footage to operators above ground. These cameras were initially used for visual inspection purposes to identify blockages, leaks, and structural defects within sewer lines.

Integration with Trenchless Repair Techniques

The true breakthrough for sewer camera inspection came with its integration into trenchless repair techniques, such as trenchless pipe repair, pipe lining, and replacement. Technicians can now pinpoint the exact location and issues without extensive excavation or disruption to the surrounding area. This reduced costs, construction timelines, environmental impact, and inconvenience to property owners.

Modern Applications and Advancements

Today, sewer camera inspection has become a standard practice in the plumbing industry. Advancements in camera technology, including high-definition imaging, pan-and-tilt capabilities, and integrated GPS tracking, have further enhanced the precision and efficiency of inspections and trenchless pipe lining.

Take advantage of this technology for inspection and trenchless methods. Call Price Busters Plumbing and Sewer today. We are the local experts for sewer inspections, repair, and trenchless sewer replacement. This advanced, holistic approach and our mastery of it make us the most trusted experts you can rely on.

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