A pipe inspection system is often a significant investment for small businesses. They can also be used to generate or save money by providing unique marketing and diagnostic opportunities. To avoid costly mistakes, it is important to pay attention to every detail when selecting the best system for you. Here are some things to consider before you spend your hard-earned cash. RIDGID tools is renowned for making the highest quality tools to work on pipe in a variety of materials. City Supply listened to its customers and now stocks SeeSnake equipment at our warehouse. We are ready to ship. It is essential to inspect pipes before any plumbing work is done. This is why it is so important to be confident in the tools you choose. RIDGID SeeSnake Inspection is the best option.
Which size pipes/drains/sewers will you be inspecting?
There is a big difference between push rod and tractor pull styles of pipe inspection systems. What style do you require?
The push rod-style system is designed for inside pipes or laterals. These systems are manually pulled down the line by contractors, as the name suggests. These units have a maximum range of 200 feet.
Tractor pull systems are generally used for large drain pipes in municipal areas. They pull themselves down the track. A tractor pull system is usually controlled by a computer and joystick from a driver sitting in a van or truck. Additional lighting and swivel heads are available to allow them to see up, down, left and right. These are usually purchased by larger businesses and municipalities.
Are you looking for a recording device with built-in capabilities?
Are you required to provide proof of performance? A built-in recording device is a great way to save both time and money.
The pipe inspection camera system can be used as a diagnostic tool and a marketing tool. Are you primarily interested in drain cleaning or are you looking to expand your scope to include pipe replacement or relining? If you are only looking for a quick look, you don’t necessarily need a recording device. However, if you do need to record, you can purchase add-on recording devices from most electronic retailers. These will work with all video devices and would be cheaper.
You have three options for a built in recording device: SD card, USB stick, or DVD. Wi-Fi units also now exist. Contractors can use their smartphone, Android tablet, or iPad to view the video output from their camera systems wirelessly. Contactors can use these devices to upload and save videos to YouTube, social media, and other networks in order to streamline and simplify data sharing with customers.
Would you like to be able record the camera’s head?
Most of the mini-sized and standardized units have a built-in locator beacon which allows you to locate the camera head and its depth while it is inside the pipe. It is important to remember the importance of location during inspection. If you are unsure, get the locator. While many locators can be precise, not all are as easy to use. You can try them all and find out.
What is the availability of after-sales service?
You will use a camera to inspect a sewer line. What could go wrong? Well, plenty. Unfortunately, repairs to your camera can be costly and time-consuming.
Good news is that proper training can significantly reduce your repair costs. Our research has shown a positive correlation between camera unit damage and user technique. This correlation is true for all sizes and makes of inspection systems. It is a good idea to get training on how to use this high-tech product from a factory representative. Initial training is crucial for camera systems. It can mean the difference between profit or loss.
Another aspect of after-sales service is the availability of repair centres. If your unit requires repair, it is a good idea to have a factory-trained center within your local time zone. It is time to reconsider your buying strategy if your unit needs to be shipped to another country to be repaired.
These four questions will help you to frame the search for your new pipe inspection device. You will need to feel comfortable and familiar with the dealers and brands you are considering. A camera system purchase is a significant investment that will have a lasting impact on the business of your company for many years. Take your time to make the right decision.