In Australia, the stormwater drainage system is separate from the sewer system. The former catches stormwater and delivers it to waterways & the sea. The latter takes care of transporting sewage to treatment facilities or for disposal. Compared to sewage, stormwater is usually not treated before being released. In this post, we will focus on the stormwater drainage system & its importance to society. In relation to this, we will also discuss how CCTV pipe inspection plays a key role in maintaining a working drainage system.
How does the stormwater drainage system work?
First, let’s define what stormwater is. It is the water that drains off the land surface from rainfall. Unlike rainwater, it is not stored in a tank for household use. Generally, stormwater carries contaminants such as soil, garden fertilisers, oil residue & other debris. Rain falling on rooftops then directly through gutters or downpipes is classified as stormwater. The same goes for rainfall on roads, driveways & footpaths.
Now, how does the system work? After entering gutters & downpipes, stormwater flows into a network of concrete channels and underground pipes. Built-in pollution traps & trash racks collect most of the contaminants, specifically the big ones like wrappers, leaves & cigarette butts. This helps filter the water before it reaches waterways & the sea.
Why is it important to have a working stormwater drainage system?
A stormwater drainage system reduces the impact of flooding specifically in cities like Newcastle, Gold Coast & Sydney. It helps prevent build-up of stormwater in the ground, particularly in low-lying areas. A poor drainage system can impact the public negatively in terms of health & safety. If stormwater accumulates in an area for a long time, it can encourage mosquitoes to breed. Furthermore, clogged culverts can also cause erosion.
How does CCTV pipe inspection help?
Through CCTV underground inspections, Sydney service locators, among others, provide essential data about a drainage pipe’s condition. How is it done? First, locators identify an entry point. Second, they position the inspection equipment to check the pipeline. This can either be a Push Camera, a camera lens on a rod or a Tractor Camera, a robotic camera on wheels. Once inside, the equipment records the pipeline’s internal image. Through CCTV inspection, Sydney locators can identify blockages & structural issues. Particularly, a CCTV pipe inspection can determine any incorrect installation, root intrusion and partial or complete collapses. Equipped with the necessary information, relevant authorities can address identified issues accordingly to ensure that the entire drainage system is working properly.
Other than checking a pipeline’s condition, there are also other uses for a CCTV inspection. Newcastle locators, for example, also conduct it to assist in tracing an old drain to connect it to a new drain. Moreover, post building reports can also require CCTV inspection. Gold Coast projects teams, for instance, can use it to verify that no damage has been done to pipes during construction.
CCTV pipe inspection by One Search Locators
Here at One Search Locators, we provide CCTV pipe inspection services. We track & record the location & condition of all subsurface structures. We can also capture the shape & layout of pipes & trenches like bends & junctions. Then when it comes to data, we also provide all of our clients with a comprehensive report on drainage networks & systems along with the recorded footage we submit as part of our CCTV inspection. Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney or Newcastle based, we cater to you. To get a quote, just call 1300 350 420 or request a quote here.