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1. BRIGHT DYES - Division of Kingscote Chemicals inspection dye

Concentrated leak inspection dyes from BRIGHT DYES - Division of Kingscote Chemicals dissolve rapidly in water and provide a vivid fluorescent color detectable in murky water, sewage or effluent. They can be used to validate sanitary and septic hookups; identify leaks, infiltration and exfiltration in plumbing connections; and perform septic inspections to identify leachfield issues, as well as sources of contamination in wells. They are safe, nontoxic, biodegradable and certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 60 for use in and around drinking water. They are available in fluorescent yellow/green, red and orange, and nonfluorescent blue. They come in tablet, liquid or powder form. 800-394-0678;

Electronic Leak Detection

2. SubSurface Locators LD-18

The LD-18 digital water leak detector from SubSurface Locators reduces ambient, intermittent noises from dogs barking, cars passing by, footsteps and people talking. Its digital electronics sample the sounds every few thousandths of a second, and if it detects an intermittent sound, it suppresses it instantly. Water leak sounds are almost always continuous noises, and the unit can identify continuous leak sounds, even in difficult conditions like busy streets. 775-298-2701;

Electronic Line Locators

3. Radiodetection RD8100

The RD8100 cable locator from Radiodetection is engineered to deliver high precision for damage prevention when locating buried cables and pipes. This advanced range of underground utility locators offers optional integrated GPS and usage logging. Containing an arrangement of five custom-manufactured, precision ground antennas, it allows the user to choose the best method to locate specific pipes and cables. Integrated GPS and usage-logging options automatically generate data for customer reports or in-house quality and safety audits to promote the best working conditions. 877-247-3797;

4. Schonstedt Instrument Loki

Schonstedt Instrument’s Loki is a multifrequency locator solution designed to sweep large areas to quickly and easily locate buried assets. With Dual Mode capabilities, the Loki can simultaneously search for and identify transmitter and power signals for quick and accurate sweeps prior to excavation. Available in two models, Contractor and Utilities, the locator operates in Active, Inductive, Sonde and Passive modes. The ShallowAlert warns of shallow pipes and cables, and NoiseProtect enables use in electrically noisy environments. Each model is optimized to perform in the demanding environments of the construction and utilities industries. 888-367-7014;

5. Subsite Electronics UtiliGuard 

The Subsite Electronics UtiliGuard utility locating system includes ambient interference measurement that automatically scans the surrounding area for noise and recommends the best frequency among its 70 options. To help users make more accurate locates of obstructed utilities, it measures distances (depth) both horizontally and vertically to the utility. To ease use, the system has an intuitive, six-button, multilanguage operator interface and a high-contrast LCD to ensure visibility in all conditions, including direct sunlight. A dual-output feature allows users to connect the transmitter to two utilities at once, and the system is Bluetooth-enabled to simplify data transfers. Its rugged IP65-rated housing protects against a job site’s dusty, dirty and wet conditions, and its transmitter and receiver battery life is 100 and 30 hours, respectively. 800-846-2713;

Push TV Camera Systems

6. EPL Solutions Gvision

The Gvision camera system from EPL Solutions offers a rugged, compact solution for inspecting pipelines 3 to 12 inches in diameter. Available with 200 to 400 feet of pushrod, the reel has a stiff, yet flexible fiberglass cable that is optimized for farther pushes through turns and bends. The color camera is self-leveling and includes a powerful, convenient, always-on 512 Hz transmitter for quick and precise area determination. The anti-glare LCD monitor delivers a clear, crisp picture even in direct sunlight. To record video inspections, connect a USB storage device or Apple mobile device directly into the USB port. The DVR outputs HD quality videos, which can be stored and shared from a mobile device. 714-453-9760;

7. MyTana Mfg. DrainSteer

The DrainSteer from MyTana Mfg. uses high-pressure water for propulsion, steering and cleaning as it captures live inspection video from inside lateral lines. Its design makes it able to traverse multiple bends in pipe, steer through branches and levitate above debris. With these special capabilities, municipal contractors and commercial plumbers can locate failed pipes, cross bores and blockages, as well as clean the lines. It is fully water-driven, as six propulsion nozzles generate the power needed to pull its own flexible hose through multiple bends, and a side nozzle on the camera can be aimed to steer through diverging pipes and hover past obstacles. An optional forward-facing nozzle can be pulsed to clear debris and other obstructions. The system works with any high-pressure water source, including pressure washers and combination trucks. Its 1/2-inch hose comes in lengths from 115 to 190 feet. 800-328-8170;

8. RapidView IBAK North America MicroLite Pushrod System

The MicroLite Pushrod System from RapidView IBAK North America is a lightweight, small-diameter push system with durable steel-frame construction that delivers a high-quality image for all contractors and plumbers. Fitted with 100 feet of push cable, powerful LED lighting and an auto-uprighting camera, it is designed to inspect pipelines 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The entire system is powered by rechargeable batteries and is equipped with the positionable MicroLite Command Console, which includes a 10-inch touch-screen monitor, full Windows operating system, two USB connections and recording software. 800-656-4225;

9. Ratech Electronics 5/8-inch Ultra Micro Camera

The 5/8-inch Ultra Micro Camera from Ratech Electronics is tiny enough to inspect kitchen sinks and toilet P-traps. Made for 1- to 4-inch pipe inspections, it conveniently maneuvers around bends and turns smoothly. It is adaptable to any existing Ratech Electronics system, including the Elite SD/USB, Fast Peek or Mini Peek portable drainline units. The camera is complemented with four super-bright LED lights producing an ideal color picture. 800-461-9200;

10. RIDGID CrossChek

The RIDGID CrossChek enables users to visually inspect where they have bored before installing a new utility line, helping reduce the likelihood of undetected cross bores. It is designed for bore slots 1.75 to 3 inches wide and works in most soil types, including wet clay and dry sand. It also allows easy digital documentation of inspections, further reducing risk and uncertainty by allowing multiple individuals to review footage before new utility installation. In addition, it integrates seamlessly into existing boring processes. Simply cut the bore using a pneumatic mole, remove the mole and connect the unit to the air hose. Pull the air hose back through the bore slot to visually inspect and document the bore. 800-474-3443;

11. Trojan Worldwide C100-512SL

The C100-512SL self-leveling color camera system from Trojan Worldwide is a lightweight, easy-to-operate system designed for 1 1/2- to 4-inch lines. It has a 1-inch, self-leveling waterproof color camera head with adjustable LED lights. The 512 Hz sonde transmitter is built into the spring of the camera, which allows more flexibility when maneuvering around sharp turns, and also creates a stronger signal for locating. The system has a 115-foot durable pushrod and a built-in footage counter. The display screen is a 7-inch LCD with DVR, with SD card recording and a built-in microphone for voice recording. The built-in battery offers seven hours of runtime and has an AC adapter for charging or direct power. The SD card, USB adapter for the SD card, protective visor and two skids are included, along with a waterproof case for the entire system to fit in for easy transportation. 800-392-4902;

12. Vivax-Metrotech vCam-6

The vCam-6 HD inspection system from Vivax-Metrotech includes features such as text writer, voice-over, locatable sonde and traceable pushrod as standard equipment. The standard reel is available with 200, 300 or 400 feet of pushrod and choices of 1.3- or 1.8-inch self-leveling HD camera. The system includes a daylight-viewable control module with a 9.7-inch HD LCD monitor, distance counter and internal rechargeable batteries with five-plus hours of battery life. Video recording and JPG-format pictures can be saved to the internal 1 TB hard drive. The control module has built-in Wi-Fi to stream live video and snapshots to smartphone apps or directly to a computer for recording to the hard drive. 800-446-3392;

Smoke Locators

13. Hurco Technologies Power Smoker 2 

The Power Smoker 2 from Hurco Technologies quickly locates leaks in new and existing plumbing systems. The machine is connected to a clean-out, and smoke is sent through the system to reveal any problem areas. The system uses LiquiSmoke, a laboratory-tested safe smoke that costs cents per minute to use and has an indefinite shelf life. When the test is complete, the smoke dissipates without leaving an odor or residue. 800-888-1436;

14. Superior Signal smoke testing

Smoke testing from Superior Signal can effectively help find cross-connected sewer lines and other sources of surface inflow causing wet-weather sanitary sewer overflows. Smoke candles provide visible smoke to detect more faults and at a longer distance. It is a fast, easy and inexpensive way to find leaks and faults in any type of collections system, with generators available in sizes to meet any need, from 30 to 500,000 cubic feet. 800-945-8378;

15. TURBO FOG Division of Kingscote Chemicals M-45 

The TURBO FOG Division of Kingscote Chemicals M-45 is a versatile, lightweight, portable, self-contained smoke generator that’s capable of producing dense, voluminous white smoke using leak-proof liquid smoke cartridges. Each cartridge can be replaced in seconds, even while the unit is operating, for uninterrupted smoke production. No additional smoke bombs or pump garden sprayers are needed for additional test time. The Briggs & Stratton-powered, turbine-type blower weighs 45 pounds and creates a discharge velocity of over 75 mph and 2,000 cfm. It continues to work under pressure in up to 5.75 inches of water. It is available with a plumbing conversion kit. 800-394-0678;


16. Siemens Process Instrumentation SITRANS FS230

The SITRANS FS230 digital clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter from Siemens Process Instrumentation is a process-optimizing solution for measuring flow in virtually any liquid application. Designed to provide both performance and cost savings, it is a suitable fit for industries requiring high-quality liquid flow measurement — including water and wastewater, hydrocarbon, HVAC and power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, chemical, mining, and pulp and paper. It offers accuracy of 0.5% to 1% of flow rate and repeatability of 0.25% according to ISO 11631. Its 100 Hz data update rate allows it to detect the smallest, most rapid fluctuations in flow. Its Digital Sensor Link digitizes the signal for a strong signal-to-noise ratio and high-precision measurement. It has simplified installation with multiple setup wizards and an easy-to-use human-machine-interface graphic display with menu navigation and the option to display up to six customizable parameters at once. 800-365-8766;

17. SmartCover Systems UnderCover 2

UnderCover 2 from SmartCover Systems makes use of advanced microelectromechanical systems technology for intrusion detection and unauthorized opening of sewer manholes to combat illegal dumping, vandalism and other security issues. The MEMS technology improves the robustness of entry detection and expands the configurability of the systems at remote and hard-to-access locations for utilities, communications, nuclear facilities, border security, transportation infrastructure, military installations and other applications. It is an integrated function within all of SmartCover’s remote monitoring units, including leveraging Iridium satellite communications impervious to local power or cellphone outages. 760-291-1980; 


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