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Going Above and Beyond, with Sewer Video Inspections!

In our fast paced environment, people tend to misplace things all the time. We lose our car keys, cell phones and wallets and breathe a sigh of relief when we finally find them. Yet, when you lose something of personal and financial value, an annoying inconvenience turns into a frantic search that must be resolved. Such was the case for a Northern Virginia woman who lost her diamond wedding ring down the drain last week.

“A Woman’s Worst Nightmare!” Going Above and Beyond, with Drain and Sewer Video Inspections!

Fearing she’d lost one of her most valued possessions, she called F.H. Furr in hopes that they could recover it! Our technician made the call and told the customer that there was a chance that it couldn’t be recovered, but would try every option to retrieve it. A lot of time and energy later, the ring was safely back in the woman’s possession! “How did he recover it?” one might ask. It was all thanks to a little F.H. Furr perseverance and a trick we call Sewer Video Inspection!

A plumbing video inspection targets the problems that you can’t see or get to. It’s essentially X-Ray vision for your plumbing! The technology allows us to pinpoint exactly where a problem lies, and visually inspect underground pipes and sewer lines that we wouldn’t normally be able to access. These flexible, fiberoptic cameras are designed for small spaces so that they can fit through pipes with ease and keep from compromising the infrastructure. The video is taken through the small high-resolution video camera that is attached to a cable which is fed through the pipe. The video is played out on a monitor in real time, so the technician can see what’s going on as the camera goes through the pipes. Once they spot the problem, they can then determine the best way to fix it! With the video inspection, we can view and pinpoint problems such as:

  • Pipe blockage: Buildup or a foreign object prohibiting proper flow or cleaning of the line.
  • Root penetration: Roots have grown into the sewer line, preventing normal cleaning or damaging the pipe.
  • Damaged pipes: Shifting soil, frozen ground and foundation settling can cause pipes to break or crack.
  • Misaligned piping-Pipes that have become offset due to shifting soil, frozen ground or settling.
  • Bellied (sunken) pipe lines-Section of the pipe has sunken, due to ground or soil conditions, creating a valley that collects paper and waste.
  • Corroded pipes- Pipes that have deteriorated or broken, causing sections to collapse and restrict the water flow.
  • Leaking joints- Broken pipe seals allow water to escape into the area surrounding the pipe.

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Once the problem is detected and identified, F.H Furr’s team is able to properly fix the issue once and for all. Sewer and drain inspections are essential when it comes to keeping your home safe and your plumbing running smoothly. And when it comes to the retrieval of personal items that have been lost, F.H Furr’s technicians will strive to do what we can to get them back. With video inspection, your chances of holding that lost ring in your hand again will double! You can trust our technicians to treat you like family and get the job done right!

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