A sewer video or camera inspection is a technique used by plumbers to provide a report of the condition of a property’s sewer line. A small, flexible camera is attached to a snake-like cable that plumbers feed through the sewer line. The video from the camera is watched on a television-like screen. This allows the technician to see things such as the buildup of debris, root growth, cracks, clogs, or other types of damage. A radio transmitter on the camera records the location of the line and the depth from the surface, letting the technician know where the blockage is.
Sewer lines are expensive to replace, so it’s important to know their condition. In the case of debris, root growth, or clogs, you can take immediate action to stop further damage and possibly save you the expense and trouble of a sewer excavation.
Determine the condition of your pipes.
The fundamentals of your plumbing system are typically out of sight and out of mind until there’s a problem. Since you can’t always check the condition of your pipes, you won’t know you need preventative maintenance until it’s too late. A sewer video inspection is an unobtrusive way to determine the condition of your pipes and may save you from an emergency and costly repair. It is particularly important to have a video inspection when you purchase a new home. This will allow you to know if there is corrosion or a collapsed pipe is imminent
Avoid unnecessary digging and guessing
Digging a long trench in your lawn in the hope of finding the source of a sewer line problem is costly and destroys your grass, shrubs, and trees. Sewer inspection cameras are much less intrusive while eliminating the higher cost and excessive digging in your yard while guessing the wrong spots.
Locate the exact location of a leak or break and verify repairs are working
A sewer video inspection pinpoints the exact problem area, saving you time and money. Sewer inspection maintenance at regular intervals also ensures any previous repairs are still intact.
A sewer inspection camera can provide you with a visual reference of the condition of your pipes, for your own use or insurance purposes. The video will provide irrefutable evidence of the exact condition of your pipes and sewer lines, instead of an estimated guess that could be far from what’s going on with your plumbing.
While the pictures won’t be pretty, a sewer video inspection can detect anything from leaks to clogs to any other plumbing problems before they turn into disasters!