For small towns, businesses with vital waste water management plans, and even rural areas with septic tanks, maintenance can be a challenge. It’s hard to see the inside of drainage pipes and underground storage. Without regular maintenance and an easy way to check for blockage before a problem starts, repairs can be a messy and expensive way to waste an afternoon. Here are a few maintenance and monitoring concepts to keep your municipal, business, and personal waste water systems in great condition without constant last-minute guesswork.
Water System Monitoring Can Be A Challenge
With any type of water management system, searching for blockage and unplanned contamination is key. Contamination is less important when dealing with waste water systems unless environmental leakage is involved, but there are still certain indications that can help you manage the system.
Do you know what your water system looks like under normal operating conditions? There is usually a specific water level or a regular water range, a certain quality to the inner walls of the pipes and other containers, and even a water quality range depending on the type of liquid. A cooling system requiring sediment-free liquid will have a series of filters, but it’s hard to know there is a clog until the water slows significantly or stops unexpectedly.
Food-grade potable water has even more strict conditions that filters and pressure systems can’t easily catch. Even sewage systems with non-drinkable liquid can run into issues when large objects enter the waterways, which may lead to extreme blockage. If you plan on only checking the water system for monthly, quarterly, or annual maintenance, inspections can still be a lot of trouble. Taking apart pipe systems or getting a look into deeper sewage areas requires skin and breathing protection in many cases, and could cause problems if the water system isn’t closed properly afterwards.
Recording, Enhancement, And Storage
For most water systems, a camera will be more than enough. Simple waterways with a series of sewage camera installations can capture not only major blockage, but gradual changes that could indicate a series of slower problems. Buildup is a major, albeit slow problem that can be harder to manage than removing a few lodged objects. Pipes need to be flooded with hot liquids, cleaning solutions, or even dismantled for manual cleaning if the problem goes on for too long. With a sewer camera in your system, you can watch for symptoms of buildup and corrosion. You can even monitor water levels to detect leaks, incorrect water supply, or changes in water speed.
With color cameras and lighting systems, you can monitor color changes as well. With systems that need consistency and water content monitoring, a camera should be paired with water pressure gauges and filters that can deliver a signal with helpful water quality warnings. A camera can be the beginning of a high-tech monitoring system or a quick tool for a peek inside your water system. Contact a water system management professional to discuss camera quality and other tools available.