Blocked sewer lines or leaks can be untimely and frustrating. This is especially the case with older pipes as they are more prone to broken pipes and leaks. Clogs can also form fast when debris gets into your pipes.

However, sewer and drain camera inspections can spot these problems before they take a toll on your plumbing system.


Drain and sewer camera inspections.

What Is A Drain And Sewer Camera Inspection?

A licensed plumber will perform this inspection by inserting a flexible cable with a fiber optic camera on the end of it into your pipes. They remote control the cable and steer it through your plumbing system acquiring a real-time view of the inside of your pipes.

When Do I Need A Drain & Sewer Camera Inspection?

Here are a few ways to know if a drain and sewer camera inspection is recommended for your plumbing system.

Sewer Back-Up

Large problems like tree roots growing through your sewer line or even a simple clog can cause your sewer to back up. If you’re seeing signs of your sewer backing up, it is recommended to have a camera inspection to find out the location and the true cause of the issue.

Old Home or Purchasing A New Home

Old plumbing systems have a higher chance of corrosion, clogs, and leaks forming. During a camera inspection, the plumber will be able to see the state of your pipes and recommend any repairs or replacements.

When you purchase a new home you want to make sure that your plumbing is strong and will last many years. A camera inspection will be able to point out any issues that can be avoided in the future.

Low water pressure

Leaks and clogs are big culprits for low water pressure. If you’re noticing that your water pressure has decreased you may have one of these problems. A camera inspection will allow the plumber to locate what is causing the drop in your water pressure and fix it quickly.

Perks To Regular Drain And Sewer Camera Inspections

Having regular drain and sewer camera inspections will help to increase the lifespan of your plumbing system and also save you a lot of money down the line.

Locates Water Leaks

For plumbers, finding a leak without a camera inspection can be difficult as they will need to guess where the leak is occurring. Because a camera inspection provides an inside look to your pipes they will be able to locate it much faster.

Identifies Blockage

Blockages can happen in your water and sewer lines for many reasons. Things like debris and grease clogging up a pipe or more extreme problems like tree roots growing through the lines can create pipe blockages.

Because camera inspections allow the plumber to see precisely what is causing the block and where it’s located it will help them create a repair plan to rid the pipes of the blockage. When they can see what is happening they may be able to recommend a simple DIY approach or let you know if it is a more complicated repair.

Evaluate The Condition of the Pipes

More issues can be caused by old pipes such as corrosion or broken pipes. With a drain and sewer camera inspection, the plumber will be able to see any tell-tale signs of these problems before they grow into something worse. If the pipe’s condition is really bad a pipe replacement may be necessary.

Quick Repairs

Clogged pipes and leaks can get worse if they are not dealt with quickly. Since a camera inspection locates the problem area it will allow the plumber to resolve it faster. This can also prevent future issues by showing any potential problems and having them fixed before they turn into something bigger.

Protects Your Lawn

The traditional way of finding a blocked or busted pipe is to dig trenches around your plumbing system pipes. With this new technology, this destructive method can be avoided which will help save your trees, grass, and shrubs for years to come.

Helps You Save Money

As you may already know, emergency repair bills can cost a pretty penny. Because the camera inspections give you a heads-up on any potential problems, you can get them fixed before it turn into an emergency. This will help save you a lot of money on emergency repair bills.

How Much Does It Cost?
The average cost of a licensed professional performing this inspection is only a few hundred dollars (if even that!). Whereas if you’re considering doing this yourself keep in mind that the cost of the camera alone can be between $1,000 to $15,000.

The JW Plumbing, Heating and Air team is ready to help you with a drain and sewer camera inspection. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

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