21st Century Plumbing: How We’re Using Video and Electronic Leak Detection

Plumbing has been a trade for decades and decades, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t changed with the times. Plumbers today use sophisticated technology to improve the way we clear clogs, find leaks, and repair pipes.

It was less than 20 years ago that the first sensor flush toilets were created, and now the EPA estimates that there are over 27 million installed across the country. We’ve seen the same innovation on the plumbing side of things as well. Here are a few of the high-tech tools that we use.

Video Camera Drain Inspection

The most crucial first step in a plumbing job is to conduct diagnostic tests until we understand the problem. This step is where we employ video inspections. A small camera is inserted down the pipe and sends video to a handheld screen. Using this tool, we can see clogs, cracks, and mineral buildup; from there, we know which tool is best suited to tackle the job.

Electronic Leak Detection

This technology is used, along with our video inspection, to map out the water lines and sewer lines carrying water to and from your house. There are two main methods used—low and high voltage.

Low Voltage

The low voltage technique uses electronic pulses conducted through a wire while there is still water present in the pipes. It’s a complicated process, but in short, our plumbing techs can test how the pulse passes through the pipe to detect where there are leaks.

High Voltage

The high voltage technique can be done on dry pipes and isn’t as limited in scope as low voltage., but otherwise functions similarly.


In addition to leak detection, these methods are used before excavation work and remodeling to pinpoint pipe locations, so that no damage is done to water or sewer lines by accident. Both of these methods set Rooter Guard apart from the competition and ensure that we can provide the best possible service to our customers.

If you have any plumbing problems, give our helpful team at Rooter Guard a call at (818) 572-9743 or fill out an online contact form.

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