What is a video borehole inspection? More importantly, do you need one? When working with pipes and underground systems, it can be hard to tell exactly what’s going on without expensive excavation work and disassembly. This work eats up time and resources and can run the risk of damaging your equipment further. Additionally, it can cause delays in getting everything up and running again. Luckily, advances in modern technology allow us to look inside your well systems without all that expensive labor. In this article, we will discuss what a video borehole inspection is and how it helps your well system.

Downhole Imaging

Also called “downhole imaging,” a video borehole inspection uses a special camera to plunge into a wall and look around. These are sophisticated and robust machines designed to endure the particular challenges with hazards and tight spaces to navigate. They can survive high pressure and operate underwater. These cameras often plunge over 600 feet and perform inspections for various purposes.

If your well has an issue, video borehole inspection helps you find the nature and extent of the problem. They are also valuable for determining what preventative maintenance you might need to perform. Additionally, they allow you to:

  • detect gas and water entry into parts of your system where these things should be absent
  • check for bacterial mats
  • check for corrosion
  • and other important system checks.

Why is it so Important?

Without knowing exactly what’s happening in your well, maintenance can become a series of lengthy tests and expensive repairs that can be unnecessary. We’re here to help you save time and get your well operating at its highest possible level of service. It’s also one of the quickest ways to find out exactly what’s happening when you know your well isn’t operating at its best but are yet unable to identify the cause of the problem.

On top of being a great way to learn more about the condition of your well, video borehole inspections are a proven way to save you money as they can prevent unnecessary replacements of expensive equipment. Suppose only one component of your pressure tanks is damaged, and a video borehole inspection can detect this. In that case, you may only need to repair one part of your system rather than invest in a brand new piece of equipment and pay for installation on top of that.

Some problems are difficult to detect early on without video imaging, such as the early growth of iron bacteria in your water system. While detecting the bacteria early enough to stop them is good enough on its own, detecting the presence of bacteria in specific parts of your system can provide clues to problems with water quality and the presence of chemicals that might not be there – Or ones that might need to be there but aren’t. Cracks in pipes, perforations, and sediment deposits may all be invisible from the outside until it’s too late. Still, viewed from inside your system, these defects can be detected, and expensive damage can be prevented.

In Closing

Having access to downhole imaging technology is a massive advantage when it comes to maintaining your well systems. We take pride in offering this enormously beneficial service to our customers. Our professionals are trained to use this technology to its fullest, knowing what to look for and what to do about the things they may find. If you suspect that your property could benefit from a video borehole inspection, don’t hesitate to give us a call. You’ll be connected to a professional who will know if video borehole imaging is suitable for your situation or if a specific treatment is more obviously needed.