Everything You Need to know About Sewer Camera Inspections

May 20, 2019

Everything You Need to know About Sewer Camera Inspections

If you’ve done any research on sewer line problems, you’ve probably seen something about “sewer cameras” or “video pipe inspections.” Any plumber worth their salt uses this technique when diagnosing sewer backups or sewer pipe damage, so it’s wise for homeowners to know what sewer camera inspections are and what they’re used for should a sewer problem ever arise.

Why Use Sewer Camera Inspections?

The purpose of using sewer cameras to inspect your pipes is to determine what is causing a serious blockage or backup without having to dig up your yard or just guess what the issue is. The truth is that sewer line repair and / or pipe replacement are big jobs and we want to help you avoid the cost of possible. When we use sewer camera inspections, we can find the issue and decide on the best, most affordable way to fix the issue – without digging up your yard.

The Way Sewer Camera Inspections Work

When we move forward with sewer camera inspections, we use a snake-like cable that is fed through the sewer pipe until it gets to the clog or the break in your pipes. There is a radio transmitter on the camera that records where in the line the issue is, the depth from the surface, and other information. This then gives us the information we need to know where the blockage is and what can be done to fix it.

Sewer Camera Inspections Can Identify a Wide Range of Issues

When you choose to invest in sewer camera inspection, we can find just about any issue with your sewer line. Some of the most common are tree root infiltrations in which tree roots break through pipes made of clay or other porous materials, pipes that are broken, collapsed, or cracked, major blockages of grease, paper, or other gunk, and sagging or bellied sewer lines.

There Are Several Potential Solutions to What We Find

When we use sewer camera inspection to find the issue, there are a number of ways we could fix the issue. Obviously, the best way to fix it will depend on what the problem is. For example, if it turns out your sewer lines are sagging, collapsed, or bellied, then traditional repair will be required. This involves digging a trench in your property, getting to the sewer lines, and repairing or replacing the portion of the pipe that is causing an issue.

For most other issues, trenchless sewer repair can be used. This is much less invasive and does not require us to dig up your yard. We can go over how this method works, what your options are, and other factors when you work with High Speed Plumbing at 626-890-0185 for comprehensive sewer line repair.