Inspection cameras are an important part of any drain cleaning contractor’s equipment arsenal. These units provide the contractor and their customer a first-hand look at what is going on in the plumbing system.
The camera systems provide a clear picture of problems whether it be roots, grease, the dreaded flushable wipe or other potential clogs. Armed with this information, the contractor can properly combat the issue at hand.
We reached out to the companies that manufacture these important pieces of equipment to share the latest camera offerings with our PROs.
Forbest Products Co.
Forbest Products Co. offers a new designed long-range pipe inspection camera system. The updated cable and reel version have the durable frame that can carry any kind of Forbest control stations including 7 in./10 in. LCD color monitor with USB and SD recording waterproof case and the upgraded case with the added feature of typing and editing and waterproof screen and keyboards. This series comes with 9 mm 200 ft/400 ft cable and reel with footage counter for 3-in. and larger pipe; a 1.5-in. self-leveling color camera head or a 2-in. Pan Tilt 360-degree/180-degree color camera head. The waterproof 360-degree/180-degree Pan-Tilt high resolution color camera head focus can be adjusted with the high brightness LED lights. The compact design is handy for a single person to operate the whole system with the durable and heavy-duty wheels easier to push the whole system forward.
General Pipe Cleaners
The Gen-Eye X-POD pipe inspection camera features a powerful new Command Module with USB port to record video inspections on flash drives. Features include a 7-in. LCD color monitor for crisp, clear pictures, one-touch recording, digital zoom, voice-over recording, date and time stamp and flash drive capacity indicator. Adjustable mount lets you set the monitor for the best viewing angle. The Command Module also includes a 3-ft Probe Rod with color camera for inspecting hard to reach places. Three adapters are included to improve your viewing angle or to retrieve objects. The full-size X-POD features a self-leveling color camera and 200-ft. Gel-Rod for inspecting 3- to 10-in. drain lines. The compact Mini-Reels carry 100 or 200 ft of Gel-Rod with mini self-leveling camera for trouble shooting 2- and 3-in. lines. The rugged steel frames and reels include a drag brake and reel lock. Full size reels sport 10-in. wheels to more easily roll the camera to and from the job.
The MS11-NG2 Mid-Sized Inspection System from MyTana is built to give you everything you need in a small, grab-and-go package. An integrated, daylight-readable monitor delivers high-clarity footage, and all-digital recording lets you save that footage to either the 64 GB internal drive or a removable USB flash drive. Operators can also stream video wirelessly to multiple devices. The lightweight yet rugged, powder-coated all-aluminum frame holds up in harsh operating environments. We include a set of our Ice Balls to guide and protect the 1.5-in. diameter camera head. A built-in 512Hz transmitter helps you locate trouble spots, even in cast iron pipes. The unit is available with 150 or 200 ft of push rod.
Ratech is proud to introduce the newest innovation in our pipe inspection camera systems: the Plumber’s Helper Jr (PH-Jr). Based on a small-scale reel the system comes with a 100-ft mini Gel Rod cable, a removable compact command module with 7.1-in. LCD, built-in battery, and SD recorder for recording digital images and video. This mini pipe inspection system is available with a full spectrum 1.375-in. self-leveling color camera, or a standard color camera, or any one of our three micro camera heads (5/8, ¾ or 1in. diameter). All at an affordable price while still maintaining all the quality of our high-end systems.
The flexiprobe P540c system is a modular system that can be purchased as a full-system package or as individual components. The flexiprobe P540c system is managed by the most powerful and intuitive controller ever designed by CUES. A quick boot-up, an intuitive user interface and a high definition 10.1 in. TFT display, the P540c lets you concentrate on the job in hand. The Pearpoint flexiprobe P540c system simplifies your operations by automatically creating a survey report, allowing you to concentrate on your inspection tasks. Use GraniteNet software to integrate the Pearpoint flexiprobe P540c to your asset inspection, decision support, and work management program. Contact your CUES representative to ensure you are purchasing the appropriate product for your needs.
RIDGID SeeSnake cameras with TruSense technology take the next leap forward in diagnostic imaging, featuring HDR (High Dynamic Range) for the industry’s clearest in-pipe picture and TiltSense for useful data that helps pros work smarter and faster. TruSense establishes a datalink path between the camera head and a connected RIDGID SeeSnake X Series Wi-Fi enabled monitor that conveys valuable in-pipe information. HDR allows for fewer blown-out areas and sections of the pipe that are too dark, offering superior clarity and detail. TiltSense, an on-camera inclinometer, measures the camera’s angle in-pipe, giving a useful indicator of the pitch of the camera. This means less guess work and increased productivity. The range of RIDGID SeeSnake cameras with TruSense just got bigger with the addition of the Compact C40 and M40 reels to their Standard and Mini TruSense reels. All SeeSnake cameras are backed by the RIDGID Full Lifetime Warranty.
The Problem: A manufacturing plant in Kentucky was having a drainage issue. They called Logan Higginson of A1 Septic in Henderson, Kentucky. Higginson used his Spartan camera system to survey the pipes. He discovered that scale build up was causing debris to get caught in a pipe 7 ft underground. The Result: With the CEO and maintenance crew watching, A1 led them directly to the problem. “Hitting your mark is awesome,” says Higginson. “I wish we would have gotten into this a long time ago.” Meet Spartan’s modular camera system, the Explorer. One control box is compatible with five different pushrods up to 400 ft in length, letting you quickly adapt to any environment. The stainless steel camera head provides a crisp color picture to the super-bright, sunlight readable LCD display. Change out reels to create a system that gives you the ability to tackle any size job.
Our all-in-one, fully portable Quick Peek Drainline Inspection System is a compact, lightweight solution for drainline condition assessment. The 7-in., bright LCD monitor, conveniently located on the handle, can easily be positioned to a comfortable viewing angle for the operator and is equipped with an adjustable sun shield/screen protector. Easily accessible monitor controls include power mode, aspect ratio (screen size) and menu, plus set buttons for color, brightness, contrast, tint and volume. The side-mounted AC/DC power source houses controls for all camera functions and provides a camera test terminal, AC/DC input, video/audio output, keyboard input and a condenser microphone with on/off switch.
The vCamMX-2 is a portable all-in-one camera to inspect pipes between 1 and 4 in. The control module’s 8-in. daylight-viewable LCD screen shows the distance of pushrod deployed, as well as the current time and date. Recordings are made in mp4 video and pictures in JPEG format directly to a USB thumb-drive then instantly backed up to an SD card. The internal microphone allows audio commenting over reordered video. The pushrod is traceable with the use of an external locator transmitter and available in 100, 150 or 200 ft. The dual frequency 512Hz /33kHz sonde is standard equipment. Two interchangeable camera heads can changed by the user in the field. The smaller D18-MX camera is fixed position and 0.70 in. in diameter and the D26-MX is self-leveling and 1 in. in diameter.
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