Septic System Inspection and Jetting

Septic System Inspection and Jetting
Portable Inspection Camera

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  Portable Inspection Camera

The Vistrac Inspection Camera from Amazing Machinery has a durable 3/8-inch push cable with fiberglass rod inner core, a 20-inch cage reel and attached water-sealed case containing the controls, and a high-resolution 7-inch LCD monitor. It also has a 1-inch powder-coated lay-flat frame with upright carry handle; a 1 3/8-inch outer diameter metal camera housing; nine dimmable high-output 5 millimeter LED lights; high-resolution color camera; scratch-resistant sapphire glass lens; 512 Hz Sonde locator with an average range of 12 to 15 feet; and an integrated digital video recorder with remote control, compatible with most standard SD cards. 800/504-7435;

  Water Tracing Dye

Bright Dyes concentrated water tracing products disintegrate rapidly in water and give vivid, fluorescent color detectable in the murkiest water or sewage. It can be used to identify leaks, infiltration and exfiltration in plumbing connections; validate sanitary and septic hookups and performance; identify sources of contamination in wells; and more. They are safe, non-toxic, biodegradable and are certified by NSF International to ANSI/NSF Standard 60 for use in and around drinking water. They are available in tablet, liquid, powdered and wax forms and come in four colors. 800/394-0678,

  Skid Mount Jetter

The RCJ Series skid mount jetter from Cam Spray is offered in flows and pressures of 12 gpm at 2,700 psi, 8 gpm at 3,500 psi and 7 gpm at 4,000 psi. It has a three-plunger industrial pump with pulse feature powered by a 688 cc Honda engine. It features 200 feet of jetter hose that can supply an optional portable reel cart available with 200 or 300 feet of jet hose. It’s equipped with a 35-gallon buffer water tank with float control, powder-coated heavy tube frame, wash-down gun and a four-nozzle set. It mounts in the side door of a cargo van, on a truck bed or inside a service truck. 800/648-5011;

  Floor/Bottom Cleaner

The Grouper Floor/Bottom Cleaner from Cloverleaf Tool Co. is available in four sizes, all featuring 60 to 120 gpm at 1,800 to 3,000 psi. It features replaceable jets, a rotating swivel joint and flat-bottom construction ideal for the removal of heavy solids at the bottom of pipes and septic tanks. It can be used in pipe from 18- to 72-inch diameter, features 10 or 12 carbide rear jets, and comes with either a 1- or 1 1/4-inch hose connection. 800/365-6583;

  High-Frequency Locating System

The 830R/T (receiver/transmitter) system from Ditch Witch can trace poor conductors, such as ungrounded tracer wire, and locate short lengths of utility infrastructure. Features include gain control, auto depth, and visual and audio feedback to use in identifying and tracing metallic pipe or cable, water, and gas distribution lines. It has an IP65 environmental rating for durability on construction sites and in tough weather conditions. The battery lasts 150 hours on the transmitter and 75 hours on the receiver. Adaptive filtering ensures high responsiveness in all modes of operation, providing left-to-right guidance quickly regardless of mode or operator style. Peak Verify mode gives operators an additional way to verify locations. 800/654-6481;

  Hand-Held Inspection Tool

The Gen-Eye Micro-Scope compact hand-held inspection tool from General Pipe Cleaners gives technicians the versatility to inspect small septic system drainlines and toilet traps, or hard-to-reach places like duct work, furnaces and crawl spaces. The monitor attaches to the reel with an adjustable mount to give the best viewing angle. The reel carries up to 100 feet of micro-pushrod with color camera. It features a 39-inch probe rod, bright 3.5-inch LCD screen, built-in SD card reader with one-touch record, digital zoom, rotatable picture, voice-over recording capability, LED brightness control and USB port. 800/245-6200;

  Grade Blades

Grade Blades from Hall’s Grade Blade come in six sizes to fit any brand of backhoe-loader or mini-excavator, and four sizes for 9-ton excavators and up. The blades cover the teeth of the bucket to give it a smooth edge. The blades install in less than 60 seconds with no tools. Squeegee blades have 30-degree wings to control dirt, etc.; leave no windrows; and increase bucket capacity 25 percent. The blade is guaranteed to reduce backfill time, leave no teeth marks, and eliminate the need to rake, shovel, spread sand or run a compactor. 319/470-3033;

  Belt-Drive Cold Pressure Washer

Belt-drive cold pressure washers from Steam Jenny, a product division of Jenny Products, provide a long pump life due to the pulley system, which turns the pump significantly slower than if it were coupled with the engine crankshaft. Additionally, the belt absorbs engine vibration and allows the pump to be located further away from the engine heat. They are powered by 9- or 13-horsepower Honda GX Series engines, and feature a triplex ceramic plunger pump. They are available with pressure ratings between 3,000 and 4,000 psi, and flow rates vary between 3 and 4 gpm. They include thermal pump protection, an unloader valve and a high-pressure relief valve to prevent damage to the pump. The unit will automatically shut down if low oil levels are detected. 814/445-3400;

  Mid-Size Inspection System

The MS11 mid-size inspection system from MyTana Mfg. Company is suitable for inspecting 3- to 4-inch lines up to 150 feet long. The one-piece design means the monitor, control box, pushrod reel and camera are all contained in a single piece of equipment with a carrying handle. In addition to color self-leveling, the camera head has a built-in 512 Hz transmitter for locating trouble spots. The unit is also equipped with connectors for recording jobs with an optional DVD burner or DVR with S-Card media. 800/328-8170;

  Trailer Power Washer

Trailer power washers/water blasters from Power Line Industries feature 18 to 35 hp engines with outputs up to 10 gpm and pressures from 3,000 to 5,000 psi with hot or cold water. They are engineered for continuous-duty service, with triple V-belt-driven General Emperor Series pumps, a separate 115-volt generator to power the electrical system, and a pump saver system. Capacities start at 200 gallons on single-axle trailers, and up to 1,050 gallons on larger trailers. They are available in open trailers, skid power units and enclosed trailers. 800/624-8186;

  Septic Inspection Tool

Prototek’s Mirror-on-a-Stick is a useful tool for inspecting septic tank interiors, filters, screens, baffles and fixtures. The anodized aluminum pole telescopes from 5 to 10 feet with one-hand operation. The mirror is 8- by 10-inch acrylic, is easily set to the desired angle, and can be cut to a custom size. The flashlight has a 10,000 candlepower beam and can be detached. The unit floats and resists harsh environments. All parts are replaceable. 800/541-9123;

  Pipe Inspection Camera

The Fast Peek all-in-one inspection camera from Ratech Electronics features a push cable, camera, 7-inch LCD monitor and all electronic controls incorporated into an ergonomically designed cable reel with rubber wheels for easy maneuverability and transportation. Technicians can record pipe inspections using the built-in SD card recorder to store jpeg photos and mpeg videos to an SD card or USB thumb drive. A waterproof keyboard and on-screen display overlay system provide an electronic distance counter, time, date and eight pages of memory. High-intensity LED lights, condenser microphone, variable light intensity control, 200 feet of gel-rod cable, and a 1.375-inch self-leveling color camera with scratch-resistant sapphire lens complete the system. 800/461-9200;

  Heavy-Duty Sludge Sampler

The CORETAKER MAX heavy-duty sludge sampler from Raven Environmental Products features a Link Release Mega Valve allowing the operator to open the valve before entering the tank, then slam it shut for a drip-free visual inspection of the tank’s layers. The valve is CNC-machined for tight tolerances, with a durable internal O-ring for a watertight seal. A hook at the top of the link release rod allows the operator to keep the valve open while entering the tank. It can be cleaned from the top because the hook keeps the valve open, letting the contents flow out the bottom. The clear tubes are polycarbonate and come pre-marked with numbered labels. The unit is available in lengths of 5 and 8 feet. 800/545-6953;

  Camera System

The RIDGID SeeSnake Max rM200 camera inspection system is for plumbing professionals working on lines up to 200 feet long and 1.5 to 6 inches in diameter. Features include improved reel mechanics for passage through tight turns, an ultra-compact camera capable of providing optimal lighting, and an upgraded 200-foot cable to provide greater abrasion-resistance to push further with less effort. It is compatible with the full line of RIDGID SeeSnake Monitors, and comes equipped with an integrated transport system including a shoulder strap and wheels. 800/769-7743;

  Large-Diameter Sludge Sampler

The TruCore sludge sampler from Sim/Tech Filter is a large-diameter, accurate, user-friendly sampler designed for use in thick sludge common to septic tanks. A straight-through design allows samples to be taken quickly without creating excessive turbulence and then returned quickly to the tank. With an inside diameter of 1 3/8 inches, the capacity per foot is almost 10 ounces. The unit is made of a polycarbonate sampling tube and PVC fittings, and comes as a single piece 8-foot unit, or as two 4-foot units that slip together. Custom sizes and configurations are available. A customizable extension kit is available for deeply buried tanks. 888/999-3290;

  Hydroexcavating Tool

The Soil Surgeon hydroexcavating tool from The Soil Surgeon Inc. is designed to fit any sewer combination truck equipped with a telescopic 6- or 8-inch boom. The tool has a 1-inch water connection. The operator controls water pressure and power with truck controls. Features include a 6-foot Tuff Tube with handles fabricated to the tube to guide the unit for potholing or side to side for trenching. Six jets boring inward cut the soil, while six jets boring outward bring the tube down. Bumpers on the bottom protect the jets and lines the tool might contact. 949/363-1401;

  All Materials Locator

The All Materials Locator from SubSurface Instruments utilizes high-frequency radio waves to penetrate the ground and detect buried PVC pipes, septic lines, water mains, cables, wires and any other conductive or non-conductive material. It has three sensitivity settings for varying conditions, LED target indicators and a laser target indicator to pinpoint subsurface objects. It will function in clay, wet soil, snow and standing water without the need for a separate transmitter and receiver, wires or clamps. 855/422-6346;

  Smoke Tester

The 5E Electric Smoker from Superior Signal Company enables technicians to perform a smoke test in minutes by connecting to any clean-out, roof vent, or directly to the septic tank. Just plug it in, turn it on, light the appropriate smoke candle and look for leaks. The blower forces smoke through cracks and leaks, and hard-to-find plumbing faults become easy to identify. It comes with heavy-duty, industrial-grade flexible hose, and is available in both 110 VAC or 12 VDC. 800/945-8378;

  Inspection System

The vCam-5 inspection system from Vivax-Metrotech Corp. includes a lightweight, compact control module with an 8-inch color LCD, dual-frequency transmitting sonde, digital recording to the internal 300 GB hard drive, USB thumb drive or SD card in AVI format, full-function keyboard, internal microphone, AC/DC power, rechargeable batteries, RCA jacks for both video and audio, distance counter and camera LED brightness control. The modular reel design makes them field-serviceable. The system is designed to inspect pipe in a diameter range of 3 to 12 inches at distances from 100 to 400 feet. 800/446-3392;


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