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Question DetailsAsked on 5/27/2011

camera scope around exterior drain to find leak

In Wisconsin, does anyone know of a company that will just put a camera scope around the exterior drain tile of the basement to see what is blocked and where before making any decisions? i have had the inside of the basement dug up and cleaned and it is no different. It was a lot to discover that the problem is elsewhere.

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Hi Aussie,

We reached out to highly rated plumbers and basement waterproofing companies in Milwaukee with your question.

The general consensus is that you can’t put a camera scope in the exterior drain tile without first excavating the four corners for access.

Generally speaking, people that have problems with water infiltration are in older homes with concrete drain tiles, and there would be no way for a camera to make the turns around the foundation because the radius of those turns are too short. Some newer homes with plastic corrugated drain tile may have success with a camera, but in order to access that exterior tile, you would still need to excavate outside the foundation.

According to one of those companies, the exterior drain tile is never cleaned, but replaced.

Some companies do put cameras in sewer and storm pipes. In your case, drain tile itself could be relatively open but the holes that allow water in cold be clogged and the camera will not tell you this.

Sewer cameras have a difficult time in drain tile because it has to short of a radius bend at the corners for the camera head to get through. They can only go into the straight length of drain tile. Sewer lines are different because they have longer radius fittings which the camera can get by.

I hope this helps some. Please let us know if you have any more questions. You can speak to one of our live representatives by calling us toll free at 888-944-5478.


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