Sewer Mainline And Lateral Inspection

For Lateral and Mainline Pipe Inspection


A lateral launch sewer inspection allows for a closed-circuit television (CCTV) assessment of all types of pipes, including mainline and lateral pipes. During the process, every inch of the system — from the mainline through the length of a lateral — is inspected for dangerous gas utility line cross bores, pipe degradation and structural issues.

Specifically, lateral launches are instrumental for inspecting sewer service laterals where directional drilling is scheduled for the installation of utility lines, and where past drilled utilities (gas or telecommunication) may have penetrated the lateral. If sewer laterals are not located in advance, crews may be unaware of utility lines being installed through existing wastewater infrastructure.  This means the lines may be mistaken for a typical blockage, leading to potentially dangerous situations if contractors or plumbers attempt to use augers to clear the pipe. In the case of gas line cross bores, for example, this can cause an explosion.


Pro-Pipe owns and operates its technology — including one of the largest, most advanced fleet of CCTV lateral launch systems. Inspections begin by launching a camera from the robotic transporter within the mainline and up the lateral, extending up to various depths. The launching camera has a transmitter that can be tracked on the surface via a sonde, enabling the location and depth of a lateral line to be marked on the surface.


As the industry’s leading cross bore service provider, we have the expertise and technology needed to locate and perform sewer lateral inspections with accuracy and care. Everything we do is based on a stringent culture of safety that puts our people and the general population first. For three decades, we have provided video inspection and cleaning services to utility owners, municipalities, government agencies, engineering firms and contractors. When you choose to work with us, you will benefit from the expertise of industry veterans recognized for our capabilities as well as our passion for safe processes. Reach out to us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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