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Best CCTV Drain Inspections Sydney

CCTV drain inspections are the single most useful way to diagnose any kind of plumbing problem. Whether it’s identifying the cause of a blockage, looking for sections in need of repair, or identifying narrowing pipework, the specialised equipment used by Milbur Plumbing and other professional plumbers takes guesswork completely out of the equation.

Milbur Plumbing provides CCTV drain inspections, Sydney wide and uses some of the latest equipment to ensure your drainage problem, water backflow, bad smell, or other issue is diagnosed and resolved quickly and easily.

The Benefits of Using a CCTV Drain Inspection Camera

A CCTV inspection involves inserting a flexible, robotically controlled camera into a drain, sewer, or other pipework to deliver a live feed to a remote viewing station. Drain inspection cameras are suitable for pipes as narrow as 1.5” and as wide as 72” providing a clear view of the interior. These can also reach deep into drainage systems, covering as much as 80 feet of pipework.

This footage provides instant feedback to a plumber as well as several other benefits:

Eliminate unnecessary digging and guesswork: Being able to see exactly what is causing drainage or other issues means plumbers no longer need to dig up pipes to find out what is amiss.

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Recorded videos available: Using the built-in software of the remote viewing station, CCTV footage can be recorded and saved to storage devices for later viewing and playback. This is useful when plumbers need to strategise with team members and if a drainage inspection has been conducted in the case of property sales.

Determine pipe condition: CCTV inspection is also a great form of preventative maintenance allowing plumbers to see weakening sections of pipe and partial blockages that may become bigger issues down the line.

Environmentally friendly: Inspecting the inside of the drain without excavation means there’s no need to disrupt groundworks and use fuel-hungry equipment simply to diagnose a problem.

What Equipment is Involved

Milbur Plumbing makes use of several different pieces of equipment in its drain inspections, these include

Waterproof cameras

All drain inspection cameras need to be waterproof due to the constant flow of water they will be subjected to inside the drainage system. These cameras will not only be submerged in shallow water but will experience high pressures meaning they need to be as watertight as possible.

Access rods

These long, flexible pieces of carbon fibre or metal are used to push the camera reel into the drainage system or pipework. Being flexible allows them to curve and bend with pipework, navigating inter-connections with ease.


These small robotic devices are used to inspect larger, commercial or community sewer pipework and storm drainage systems. They use 4 rubber wheels to navigate the inner surface of the pipe and provide a live feed thanks to an attached cable.

Sonar units

In the case of collapsed or broken pipes that are now full of debris, soil, or blockages, sonar units are used to get an idea of their condition. Using acoustic profiling, experts can determine exactly how compacted the inner material is and the state of the pipework walls.

What Can the CCTV Drain Inspection Camera Detect?

Drain inspection allows plumbers to quickly and easily identify a host of different plumbing problems, including:

Damaged or corroded pipes

Over time, pipework naturally becomes damaged due to the constant flow of water and debris such as rocks wearing away the inner walls. Plastic pipework can also become brittle and fracture, causing fragments to fall away. CCTV inspection can help spot these sections of damaged pipe early.

Collapsed pipes

In severe cases, sections of pipe may collapse entirely. While the symptoms of this are fairly obvious, with water backflowing throughout the system, it can be difficult to find which particular pipework has collapsed. CCTV allows an exact location to be determined and a swift replacement to be carried out.

Blocked pipes

One of the most common issues with a lot of different causes, a blocked pipe poses a considerable problem to your drainage system as well as a risk to your property and occupant wellbeing. Using CCTV inspection devices allows plumbers to pinpoint the number of blockages and what the substance blocking a pipe is. This means the correct solution is applied and less time is wasted.
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Tree root infestation

Tree roots find their way through tiny cracks, seams, and intersections of pipework looking for ready water supplies. With a constant flow of water in a drain or sewer line, tree roots grow quickly and cause further damage to the pipework. Finding tree roots early through regular CCTV inspections can prevent this from happening.

Poor installation

Oftentimes, a lot of plumbing problems can be attributed to poor installation or outdated pipework. Identifying these weaknesses in your drainage system is only possible with a CCTV drain inspection.

Milbur Plumbings CCTV Drain Inspection Process

As CCTV drain inspection specialists, Milbur Plumbing has created a streamlined process to carry out this work whether it be an emergency repair, part of routine maintenance and servicing, or an exploratory inspection.


Contact Milbur Plumbing on 1300 645 287 or email us at [email protected] and one of our expert team members will be ready and waiting to discuss your plumbing issue and schedule a call-out appointment.


Upon arrival, our CCTV drain inspection specialist plumbers will talk you through the process, gather information and then thoroughly inspect your drainage system using the CCTV equipment.


As the inspection is conducted, real-time feedback is available via the remote viewing monitor. This portable device will let the plumber identify blockages, damage, and potential issues. Customers are, of course, more than welcome to view footage and ask questions at this time.


Upon completion of the survey, our expert plumber will recommend a proposed fix and should you be happy to proceed, schedule the repair work to be completed.

Milbur Plumbings Approach to Blocked or Damaged Drains

Milbur Plumbing has a solution to any plumbing problem with the most common being:

In the event of a blockage, Milbur Plumbing will deploy one of three solutions.

In most cases, introducing a high-powered water jet blaster into the offending pipework will help dislodge a clog or cut through tree roots. This cleans pipework too leaving the pipework flowing better than before.

Electric eels are also a tool available to our plumbers, with a mechanical rotating head that cuts, slices, and dislodges blockages. This method is suitable for stronger pipework and in the event of blockages that are not as well treated with water blasting.

Chemical cleaners can help in the event of grease, grime, and hair-clogging pipework. These powerful caustic chemicals are only available to professional plumbers and are left in pipework overnight to dissolve blockages.

If a small hole or corroded section of pipework is detected in the drainage system, Milbur Plumbing may recommend a drain patch repair. This sees a fibreglass mesh mixed with silicate resin wrapped around an inflatable device that is then positioned within the damaged pipework. Once inflated, this path hardens to form a watertight seal and leaves the pipe functioning correctly.

For more significantly damaged pipework, we recommend pipe relining whenever possible. This no-dig method does not involve disruption to your garden or property and can typically be completed within a day.

Once damaged pipes are identified, a jet blasting deep clean is conducted to ensure the inner walls are free from debris and residue. We then apply a resin solution to a liner that is then inserted into the pipework using an inflatable bladder.

The bladder is then inflated, forcing the resin against the inner walls of the remaining pipework. Once cured, this resin creates a hollow tube, lining the inside of the old pipe.

This method saves time, money, and disruption to your property and thanks to modern material use creates a more free-flowing drainage system.

In the case of drain collapses and considerable accidental damage to pipework, a full drain repair may be required. This involves excavation and exposing the offending pipe section and replacing it with a new one.

CCTV is used to identify exactly which sections need replacing making sure as little groundwork is excavated as possible. Full drain repairs are only conducted in the event of seriously damaged pipes as it is more costly, takes more time, and involves more team members.

Nevertheless, Milbur Plumbing can make the process as painless as possible, replacing pipework with little disturbance to gardens and structures.

No matter how careful we are, sometimes things can enter our drainage system and cause major headaches. A common problem is young children’s fascination with flushing toys and other items down the toilet into the drainage system. While these can be forced through the immediate toilet system, these often become stuck elsewhere in our drains.

It’s not always children’s fault though, with mobile phones and even false teeth accidentally being flushed away.

Semi-liquid foodstuffs such as melted butter and used cooking oil may be portable but they don’t belong in your drainage system.

Pouring these down your sink or toilet can cause a thick build-up of residue on the inside of your drainage pipework. This sticky mass can form together to create significant blockages and catch other debris too.

Semi-liquid foodstuffs such as melted butter and used cooking oil may be portable but they don’t belong in your drainage system.

Pouring these down your sink or toilet can cause a thick build-up of residue on the inside of your drainage pipework. This sticky mass can form together to create significant blockages and catch other debris too.

While wet wipes may resemble toilet paper, they are not flushable and should be disposed of in a rubbish bin. Nevertheless, these can often find their way into our drains and cause a particularly nasty blockage as a result. Other hygiene products such as tampons, sanitary towels, and cotton wool balls are also sometimes mistakenly flushed down the toilet causing obstructions.

During heavy downpours mud and soil can find its way through a storm drain into the system. Within the pipework, this causes tricky to fix blockages that can biome compacted over time. Even dusty soil can cause a blockage or pressure within a system, and should instead be swept away from storm drain openings.

Areas Milbur Plumbing Provides Drain Inspection Services

Milbur Plumbing is proud to offer its drain inspection service to the people and businesses of Sydney, including the surrounding areas. With trained drain inspection experts throughout the city, we can be with you quickly and fix any problem you may have.

As well as our drain inspection service, we also conduct repairs, routine maintenance, hot water system installation, and offer an emergency plumbing service that is available 24/7.

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For a 5-star rated CCTV drain inspection in Sydney, contact Milbur Plumbing now on 1300 645 287. With our 24/7 emergency plumbing service, one of our expert team can be with you soon.


Frequently Asked Questions

CCTV drain inspection cameras are robotically controlled devices that come spooled on reels. These flexible cables are fed into drainage systems with rods and allow a remote, live feed of the inner walls of pipework to be viewed.

The key benefits of getting your drains inspected with CCTV equipment are:

  1. Effective and accurate: CCTV cameras allow plumbers to pinpoint exactly which sections of pipework are damaged or broken. This means effective action is only taken where necessary and unnecessary work is avoided.
  2. Non-destructive: While in the past drains would need to be excavated to see the inside of them, CCTV allows a non-destruction approach to viewing blockages and inspecting the damage.
  3. Cost-efficient: Not having to excavate and by only treating affected pipework, customers can save money. This makes CCTV inspection especially cost-effective, especially when used as a preventative measure.

Amongst other things, CCTV inspections can detect:

  • Full and partial blockages
  • Damaged sections of pipework
  • Corrosion
  • Cracks
  • Earthquake damage
  • Punctures
  • Tree roots
  • Improper installation and offset joints

The cost of a drain inspection will depend on the extent of your system you wish to be surveyed. The cost of a drain inspection ranges from the low hundreds of dollars making it a highly affordable plumbing solution.