A French drain is installed to re-divert water away from your property. It helps with flooding and possible water damage to your yard and the foundation. Once the drain is installed, it may not enter your mind very often. The truth is over time debris is pushed through your drains and over time can cause a clog. Annual inspections are the best way to ensure that your drains remain in working condition at all times.
How often should your drain pipes be inspected?
Your drainage system may not always be the first thing you as a property owner thinks of. Just because you cannot see them does not mean they do not need attention. A clogged drain can wreak havoc on your life. Water that is left to pool around the foundation of your home, can cause severe damage. In general, we recommend property owners with a French drain should get an inspection once per year. An annual inspection is sufficient to keep on top of maintenance. If any issues are present, a professional should be called for an inspection straight away.
Inspection by camera
Camera inspections are the most common to test the functions of your French drainage system. A camera can test the condition and function of your drain. The camera is inserted to determine if there are any issues as well as the effectiveness of the drain or water infiltration. Once this is done, we can determine if a repair, cleaning, or replacement is needed. As one of the fastest and easiest ways to determine the function of a drain, camera inspections have grown in popularity.
How does inspection by camera work
When our specialists arrive for an inspection, a general check of the surrounding ground and basement is the first step. This is done to ensure that no water is pooling or flooding the grounds. Two pits are then dug, and chimneys are installed on them and connected to your drainage system. With the process of digging, we can determine the depth, layout and the thickness, and quality of the material that is used on installation. One of our skilled technicians then inserts the camera into the drain and records the progress to detect any issues. The camera is live and, the recording is reviewed at a later stage. A final report is provided to you. This includes the outcome and recommendations for corrections, if there are any, once the footage is reviewed.
Drain inspections are vital for the health and proper function of your drainage system. The inspection is not always an easy and quick task. The grounds will need to be dug up for inspections to insert the camera for a more convenient and thorough check. A chimney viewer can be installed and inserted into your drainage system, for convenience now and future inspections. The chimney viewer will stop the need to dig up the grounds with every inspection. The installation of a chimney viewer will save you time and money for years to come.