If you are like most homeowners who have conducted Internet searches concerning sewer line problems, you have likely noticed the term “sewer camera inspection.” Sometimes referred to as “video pipe inspections,” these types of inspections offer a practical and cost-effective way to see what is causing a backup or blockage in a way that eliminates guesswork. Our plumbers also use this technique to avoid having to dig up your yard to determine the source of the problem.
How a Sewer Line Inspection Camera Works
During a sewer camera inspection, the plumber inserts a flexible rod into the piping. At the tip of the rod is a high-definition video camera. The flexible rod moves the camera through the pipe, while simultaneously returning a video signal to a monitor. The device then inspects the entire length of the pipe and digitally records the inspection for evaluation by our plumbers.
Additionally, a radio transmitter located within the camera records the depth of the ground and the exact physical location of any obstructions or defects in the pipe. This allows the plumbing professional to accurately diagnose any issues and offer cost-effective, practical solutions.
Problems That Can be Identified Through a Sewer Camera Inspection
A sewer inspection camera can isolate virtually any type of issue or problem within your sewer line; however, the following are a few of the most common things such inspections uncover:
Cracked, Collapsed or Broken Pipes
Because the camera travels through the actual pipe, it is easy for the plumber to determine whether or not the pipe has shifted, collapsed, or otherwise sustained some type of damage.
An Invasion of Tree Roots
The infiltration of tree roots is one of the most common problems associated with older pipes that are made from porous materials, such as cast-iron and clay. Tree roots are opportunistic on their search for water, and will quickly grow into any cracks in your sewer pipes in order to reach the water within.
Sagging Sewer Lines
When a certain portion of your sewer pipes start sagging, material can coagulate in the bellied section. This usually results in repeat blockages.
Serious Pipe Obstructions
Of course, even if your pipes are in ideal shape, years of nonstop use can still lead to a buildup from substances such as food particles, grease and bathroom tissue, which can eventually obstruct the flow of water in a serious way.
Once the cause or causes of the sewer line backup have been identified by one of our professionals, you may have various options regarding how to remedy the situation. These include traditional sewer repair and replacement or trenchless repair, if the latter is an option. For example, if the camera inspection indicates that your sewer line is collapsed, bellied or sagging, your best option may be traditional repair. If this is the case, our plumbing company digs a trench in your property in order to reach the problem area and complete the necessary repairs or replacements.
The trenchless sewer repair method is another option that is less invasive than traditional trench digging. Trenchless repair is completed by creating small points of access to the damaged sections of pipe. The path of the existing line is followed, and cables are inserted and pulled through. At the same time, the replacement line is also pulled into position. One of our expert plumbers can suggest the best option for your specific problem. Never procrastinate if you suspect a sewer problem. Rather, avoid the risk of further damage by contacting us today to schedule an evaluation.