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‘Seeing is Believing’ – Drain Camera Benefits and What Should I Buy?

There are many tools that are useful to the plumber but none more so than the drain camera. The drain camera allows for tangible evidence that creates many benefits and removes guesswork. With the right diagnostic equipment you will be able to go almost anywhere with your plumbing inspection, whilst providing concrete evidence to your client. Read on for further benefits to using a drain camera and information regarding the type of drain camera and equipment to buy. And remember ‘You can’t sell what you can’t see!”.

Drain BlockageBenefits to using a Drain Camera for your investigative plumbing work:

1. Drain Cameras are very profitable and can be charged out on each job so they pay for themselves very quickly.
2. Time-effective – it is fast to identify any problems and maintenance issues with a drain camera. Drain Blockage
3. Cost-effective to both contractor and client – problems are resolved with accuracy and speed which equals savings in labour and repair costs. You pay once for the correct diagnosis.
4. Accurate Diagnosis – able to provide thorough results and quick solutions.
5. Customer clearly sees issues– drain cameras offer clear communication and certainty of job extent. Clients have more trust when they can see the problem.
6. Non-invasive – drain inspections are carried out by feeding a small-remote controlled camera down your drain, the images are then displayed instantly on a monitor allowing for a clear view of your pipes. No digging or excavation required.
7. Preventative – drain cameras are able to identify issues in your drains that may lead to becoming a large issue.
8. Equipment can be added, as needed, as contractors expand their services. There is no need to purchase everything at once.

Root BlockageWhat can a drain camera inspection reveal?

With a quick, non-invasive inspection, using a drain camera can highlight the following issues:
  • Root Blockage
  • Broken/cracked pipes
  • Poorly maintained pipes
  • Root blockages
  • Foreign objects in pipes/debris causing a partial or total blockage/sludge build-ups
  • Poor installation – misalignment/offset joints
  • Crushed or collapsed pipes
  • Bellied pipes

  • Signs that you would need a drain camera inspection

  • Water not draining away or slow-draining water
  • Bubbling/gurgling sounds – these sounds are telling you that the drain is partially blocked and it needs attention
  • Bad odours – a blocked sewer pipe will be preventing sewer from flowing away
  • Purchasing a new home or business and you want to ensure that there are no problems in the drains

    What Drain Camera and Equipment Should I Buy?

    57278 RIDGID CS12X Left 72dpiThe purchase of a Drain Camera and locating equipment is a reasonably large outlay so it is important to get it right. Set yourself up with a package that will do the job correctly. Keep in mind that offering quick, accurate and non-invasive drainage inspections will not only help your business, but it will also strengthen the clients’ trust in your work. 

    We recommend the Ridgid range of drain camera and locating equipment. We have been using the Ridgid range of diagnostic drain cameras in our plumbing business for over 20 years. Due to the reliability, accuracy and durability of the Ridgid models they have proven to be the most rugged on the market. The range is all interchangeable and there is a model/package for every different use. You don’t need to purchase everything at once but know that as you add to your Ridgid equipment, all the pieces are compatible and work together. 

    The most popular drain camera package by far is also one of the simplist to use. Most plumbers buy the CS6X Wi-Fi Self-Levelling Camera Package
    Camera Package Ridgid

    This is a standard everyday use package that fits neatly in your truck with a heavy duty reel. It is cost effective and will do most jobs in the field. This drain camera package is durable and reliable.

    There are more options! Reel lengths on the drain cameras range from 10 metres up to 100 metres. Monitor choices range from basic handheld models to Digital Recording to thumb drive units. And locating equipment varies from simply finding the camera head to tracing the pipe, tracing copper water services and locating utilities. There is the right equipment for every job and requirement!

    Ridgid HQ

    HQ is a complimentary software tool made to help you collect digital pipe inspection content and impress your customer with a simple to create, yet clear and professional looking presentation.


    If you require more information about drain cameras and locating equipment don’t hesitate to contact us now Ph 02 9986 1186 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    small business accountants noosa tax returns

    100% Tax Deductable up to $20k each item - Ends 30th June 2018!

    This tax time, your small business with a turnover of less than $10 million can write off assets costing less than $20,000 each in their 2016-17 return. This means you can buy that new Water Jetter or the latest Drain Camera you have been thinking about and completely write them off in your tax return ending 30th June 2018. It's a no brainer!

    Call us today for a quote Ph: 02 9986 1186 or Ph: 1300 JETTING

    You can also lease your new equipment and claim it all back via a Chattel Mortgage for as little as $7/day. There has never been a better time to buy! (*This is not financial advice. Seek advice from your accountant or financial advisor.)

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    Some things to consider when buying your first Jetter

    jetter ute 1I would suggest buying new, The repair bills can add up when a machine has been neglected or not serviced for many years. Service, repairs, new hose and labour can quickly add up to half the price of a new unit.

    The way the machine is installed, put together and tested is more important than it being a Honda or Vanguard. Ease of use, start up procedure, ability to access serviceable areas, machine controls in same area, ease of comfortably winding up hoses with straight back, fuel tank location, exhaust routing and machine airflow are all very important factors that shouldn’t be overlooked.

    Honda’s generally will give you a flow of around 20.3 to 23Lpm and pressures between 4300-5000psi

    Vanguard’s generally will give you a flow of 24.7 to 31lpm and pressures between 4300-5000psi

    jetter ute 2Which machine to get will be determined most of the time by the available space you have and how you want it configured. Starting with the Jetter first makes installation easier and allows a broader range of machines to choose from.

    Using a cradle is always a good idea. It spreads the load and allows for easier Jetter removal for servicing or getting access to unloader valve, safety valve, pump head or Battery. The way some machines are built don’t require cradles as they can be bolted through the frame onto the tray.

    The use of “Nutserts” rather than nuts and bolts allows faster removal and also makes for a much neater job.

    Having somewhere to attach the main reel quick release which shoots water under the tray allows hands to be on the choke, throttle and key and not have to worry about main hose flying around on start up.

    Ensure you are getting everything you need from the get go. Make sure the machine has a minireel some nozzles, whip hose a gun, muffler bend and raincap if required, low pressure reel with garden feed hose and includes installation.

    Installing the Jetter against headboard with hoses and controls heading out the passenger side is a common installation with good weight distribution.

    Hopefully this information will answer some questions you might have if you’re planning a new Jetter soon.

    Buying the right Hose Reel

    There are several hose reels on the market for different applications. Mustang Nozzles make a hose reel that suits both the domestic and commercial market. There are 3 models; the 4418, the 134 and the 104. The all boast 6000psi working pressure and are made from steel for strength with a brass and stainless steel swivel hub.

    Hose Reel 4418

    The hose reels are zinc coated before being powdercoated for corrosion resistance. Unlike other hose reels on the makets today these reels have built-in hub brakes and locking pins with double plate holes for strength.

    The 4418 hose reel is larger than the 134 hose reel and can be mounted in any direction including upside down, on a wall or at 45 degrees.

    We make a bracket so that two hose reels can be mounted on top of each other.

    Hose Reel 134

    The 134 hose reel is smalled then the 4418 hose reel and can be mounted under the tray of a work vehicle or into a remote mini reel frame to allow the reel to be transported to and from the truck. 

    There is a smaller hose reel called the 104 that is designed for smaller hose reel applications. This will be available in mid 2014.

    Garden Hose Reel

    We also sell a garden hose reel with high quality greenflex hose that wont kink easily and outlasts all other hoses on the market. It has a strong zinc plated frame and can also be mounted in any direction. This is a heavy duty hose reel and we have been installing them on plumbers trucks for over 10 years.

    Contact us today regarding our range of hose reels for air, water, oil and most other industries.  Ph (02) 9986 1186 

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    Choosing your next 4WD

    A comparison of four popular dual cab models

    With the recent announcement of the accelerated depreciation deductions and its removal very soon, now is a great time to consider upgrading your work beast. IN August, the RACV put four dual cab turbo-diesel powered, automatic 4WD models through their paces on the road – unladen and carrying 500kg load and gave them a good workout on some rough bush tracks to give a comprehensive comparison.

    Tough “tradies utes” have become more civilised in recent years with the current breed of turbo-diesel powered 4WD dual cab utes ranging from normal family duties to shifting a load, towing a caravan or boat and adventuring off-road.  The RACV tested the Volkswagon Amarok, The Ford Ranger, The Mazda BT50 and the Holden Colorado.  This article is a great read for anyone considering the purchase of a work ute and the full article can be read here

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