When your pipes are clogged or in general disrepair, you’re going to notice drainage problems, from slowed water flow to backups or leaks. Left untreated, these seemingly minor problems can eventually cause damage to your property and cost a lot of money to fix. One of the best ways to detect drain line issues before they worsen is through a sewer camera inspection. Attached to a wire and fed through your sewage pipes, a camera provides real-time images of your plumbing system’s interior. Being able to see what’s going on greatly assists in repairs.
Here’s how to know whether a sewer camera inspection is right for your situation!
Signs You Have a Problem with Your Pipes
When your home’s sewer pipes are clogged or leaking, the cause may not always be obvious. It could be a simple blockage; older cast-iron pipes that are corroded; or something more serious, like roots growing through the system.
Even if you’re not entirely sure of the cause, you’ll likely notice these signs:
- Drainage issues in sinks, bathtubs, toilets, and/or appliances
- Gurgling sounds when toilets are flushed
These symptoms may seem minor at first, but if they’re left untreated, they can cause quite a bit of damage and may lead to unnecessary repairs and costs. It’s important to get them inspected right away by a professional to determine the cause of the problem.
How Does Sewer Camera Inspection Work?
A camera is attached to a wire and carefully fed through your pipes. As it travels inch by inch, it relays your plumber detailed, real-time images and video of your home’s plumbing system.
The images that are sent back are informative to the plumber because they show the exact cause of the problem. The camera can see an area where a pipe has shifted or broken, a spot where grease has collected, or parts of your piping that are deteriorated.
With this information, your plumber can determine what he or she needs to do next to fix the issue. This saves him or her time investigating the problem, it saves you money, and it prevents unnecessary damage to your property.
5 Benefits of a Sewer Camera Inspection
There are quite a few benefits to using a sewer camera inspection!
1. It Easily Locates Problems
When someone is having trouble with their plumbing, the first question they often ask is: Where is the problem? Although professional plumbers can diagnose virtually any plumbing issue, some problems can initially be difficult to pinpoint.
With a camera, locating drainage problems becomes a lot easier. Since the camera can rotate 360 degrees, it can do a full inspection of a home or building’s internal plumbing. It can even pick up tiny fractures within the pipes! A sewer camera inspection can detect the exact source of the problem, whether it’s a tree root, a clog in the pipe, or something else.
2. It Prevents Future Damage
If your home is older or you suspect there might be a problem with your pipes, a preventative sewer camera inspection is a good idea. A plumber can identify potential problems that might be developing and stop them before they get worse. If you can catch a corroding pipe before it breaks, for instance, you can save yourself from serious property damage and greater expense.
3. It’s Minimally Invasive and Saves Time
If you’ve ever experienced a plumbing problem and had your entire backyard dug up in an attempt to fix it, you’ll immediately understand the value of the sewer camera. A sewer camera inspection doesn’t require digging up a large area of your yard. Your plumber may still need to dig slightly to access the problem-area, but the location will be targeted ahead of time by the camera, and no unnecessary work will be done.
Sewer camera inspections are also huge time-savers. They help professional plumbers quickly identify the problematic sections of your plumbing system without guesswork or trial-and-error.
4. It Can Save You Money
Camera inspections are relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the repairs that may be needed to your home if problems go unchecked. Without a set of eyes and a camera on the problem, it could become worse over time. This could result in costly repairs, damage to your home and yard, or damage to your personal property.
With a camera, there’s no cost of digging to discover the problem. Plus, time is money. When your plumber spends less time at your home, you cut the cost of services even more.
5. It Provides Peace of Mind
You can rest assured a sewer camera inspection is safe, quick, and easy, without being unnecessarily destructive or time-consuming. Issues can be found without guesswork, and images of your pipes and drains allow you to be positive they’re clean and clear.
We know how frustrating it is not to be able to identify the cause of a leak or blockage. A sewer camera inspection alleviates that frustration by positively identifying issues—even minor ones. This allows your plumber to start work right away!
C&W Plumbing understands the benefits of this technology, and we use it regularly to better serve our customers. Paired with other proven techniques, we can get to the bottom of any plumbing issues you’re facing. If you believe you have a sewer line problem, it’s important to get plumbing assistance right away. Whether it’s just a check-up or an emergency, you can reach C&W Plumbing at 972-395-2597 to talk to a plumbing professional.
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