Inspection Services

Definition - What does Inspection Services mean?

Inspection services are activities contracted for the purpose of assessing the structural integrity of underground infrastructure during trenchless rehabilitation and maintenance.

Using remote video and other means, trenchless operators inspect underground pipes to identify defects needing repair. These inspections are key to successful trenchless rehabilitation efforts.

Trenchlesspedia explains Inspection Services

Underground pipes degrade over time, and without regular inspection and repair, small defects can lead to major disasters. Reports from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warn that much of America’s water infrastructure is in bad shape, and wholesale replacement would be very expensive.

As a proactive measure, trenchless operators offer underground pipe inspection services. Real estate agents recommend that buyers request the inspection of sewer pipes in houses over 20-years-old. Municipal sewer systems schedule regular inspections to prevent major leaks.

Various inspection methods are available. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) video cameras allow remote visual inspection. Other methods include ultrasound, light detection and ranging (LiDAR), and pipe penetrating radar (PPR). Trenchless rehabilitation takes place once defects are identified.

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