Diagnostic Methods for Drain Issues: Drain Tracing Guide (Part 2)


Welcome to part 2 of our ultimate guide to drain tracing. Our focus in part 1 was to explain what exactly drain tracing is and why it is important. And what drain issues may require this service. Now that you understand drain tracing is a diagnostic technique, we want to discuss the various diagnostic methods for drain issues that we utilise. Additionally, we detail our step-by-step drain tracing process. Keep reading to learn more!

What are the various diagnostic methods for drain issues that we use in Total Drain Cleaning?

To carry out efficient drain tracing, you will need a range of specialised tools and equipment. Firstly, the most essential tool is a good quality CCTV drain survey camera. This allows you to visually inspect the inside of your drains. Thus identify any issues. These cameras can withstand harsh conditions and provide high-quality images, enabling accurate assessments. Another useful tool is smoke testing equipment. Smoke testing involves introducing non-toxic smoke into the drain system. In order to locate where it escapes. This method helps in locating hidden leaks or cracks. In some cases, dye tracing may be necessary. Introducing a coloured dye into the drain system will allow us to track the flow. This makes it easier to identify any blockages or leaks.

Step-by-Step Guide to Drain Tracing

  1. Assess the situation: We start by gathering information about the drain system and any reported issues. This includes understanding the layout, age, and previous repairs or maintenance carried out. It’s also crucial to identify any access points or manholes. As we would need to use these during the tracing process.
  2. Prepare the tools: We ensure that you have all the necessary tools and equipment ready. Including our state-of-the-art CCTV cameras, smoke testing equipment, and dye tracers. Additionally, we always bring protective gear such as gloves and goggles.
  3. Inspect the drain system: Begin by using a CCTV camera to visually inspect the inside of the drains. This will help in identifying blockages, leaks, or collapsed pipes. Make note of any abnormalities or areas that require further investigation.
  4. Perform smoke testing: If required, we introduce non-toxic smoke into the drain system. Consequently, onserving where it escapes. This will help in identifying hidden leaks, cracks, or faulty connections.
  5. Use dye tracing: In cases where blockages or leaks are not easily visible, we introduce a coloured dye into the drain system and track its flow. This will help in locating the exact source of the problem.
  6. Analyze the findings: Following inspection, we review all of the information. In order to identify the exact location and nature of the drain issue. Following this, we provide a detailed report and offer the client our recommendations for a solution.
  7. Resolve the problem: Based on the analysis, we implement the necessary repairs or maintenance. This may involve clearing blockages, fixing leaks, or replacing damaged pipes. Total Drain Cleaning provides expert repair services that adhere to industry standards.

Check back next week for part three where we discuss DIY vs. professional drain tracing!

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