When evaluating a sewer inspection crawler, it’s important to determine how well it adapts to different challenges—both current and anticipated. To make this determination, it helps to look at whether the crawler was designed as a standalone system or a modular platform. A standalone system is one which serves a narrow purpose; it does one kind of inspection (CCTV, SAT, side scanning, laser profiling, etc.) within a limited range of applications (combinations of line size, condition and material). So for instance, if you buy a CCTV inspection crawler to do mainline inspection, and you later want to expand into lateral launch inspections, your only option is to buy a new, separate crawler system: crawler, reel, controls, and truck.
Being in the industry for over a decade teaches you a lot about your business, the community you serve and the equipment you need. Tailoring your capabilities to your clients' needs is crucial to success. When Advanced Underground, a Michigan-based rehabilitation contractor, needed a new lateral launch system to expand their business they knew exactly what capabilities to look for and how they wanted their inspection truck built out. So they set out to investigate at the 2016 Waste & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show.
This city stops gushing infiltration with Quick-Lock rehab sleeve. Find out how anyone with a crawler can install Quick-Lock in minutes to solve infiltration, roots, cracks and separations.
Most municipalities lack the personnel and budget to keep ahead of sewer maintenance needs, meaning no effort can be wasted. Standardization of inspection data is the answer. The Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (PACP) is a standardized protocol for documenting inspection of wastewater pipes using closed-circuit television equipment. Using PACP removes operator subjectivity from inspections and yields data that is more uniform, shareable and conducive to computer analysis.
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Gas line cross bores can pose an immense risk to the people living and working nearby. These can linger underground, undetected until a sewer backup demands attention. Attempting to clean through one of these cross bores can rupture the gas line, leaking gas into homes and businesses, risking a potentially deadly explosion.
A growing number of municipalities and gas utilities are implementing cross bore inspection programs to locate and eliminate risky cross bores before a worst case scenario occurs. With this comes a growing need for contractors capable of inspecting sewer laterals. The few contractors who do perform these services are often inundated with large projects and unable to meet the demand. Sewer inspection contractors have the opportunity to leverage their position and, with the right sewer inspection camera and retrofit, take advantage of these lucrative contracts.
Purchasing a sewer crawler is a big investment but maintaining one can also be just as expensive if you ignore regular cleaning and maintenance. We’ve all been there; after a long day of work, you just don’t have the energy left to give your crawler the full, owner’s manual-approved cleaning. You reel in your cable, wipe down the crawler and stow it away. It’s not a problem the first time you do it, or even the second time. The problem is when it becomes a habit. Then sewer muck starts rotting away seals, and the crawler stops pressurizing. Now you’ve got operators sitting on their hands when they need to be working.
Nicknamed the Star City of the South, Roanoke, Virginia has a population of just under 100,000 and 43 square miles of land. The Roanoke River flows through the City and serves as one of its main water sources; some stretches meander through parks and natural settings, while others flow through industrial areas. In 2014, the Roanoke Stormwater Utility was formed to help protect the River’s water quality by controlling and eliminating stormwater pollution from municipal storm sewer systems, construction sites and industrial activities.
Watch as a ROVVER X crawler pushes a Quick-Lock point repair sleeve into position to solve water infiltration. The Quick-Lock point repair sleeve fixes deteriorating and leaky sewer pipes without messy resin, expensive equipment, short working times or long cures. Designed for unsurpassed service life, Quick-Lock’s stainless steel construction restores structural strength, while its rubber gasket seals out infiltration.
Municipal procurement can be a drawn-out, time-consuming process of researching products, writing specifications, opening bids and then evaluating those bids. All these steps require extra time, money and effort that could be spent on other projects and which complicate a simple task (say, buying a new sewer camera) with red-tape. Using cooperative purchasing contracts can take the hassle out of procuring equipment and provide additional benefits that may not be available through the bidding process.