Sewer Camera Inspection 101
Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in such a short amount of time. Thankfully, these technological advancements have also made their way to the plumbing field. Where before, plumbers had to make educated guesses as to where to dig to access a sewer line for inspection and repair, now, they have technology on their side to take the guesswork out of sewer line repair and accurately locate problem points within the system that they need to repair. This is done using sewer video inspection. This post will discuss sewer camera inspection and how to know when it may be needed.
What Is Sewer Video Inspection?
Sewer video inspection is the practice of inserting a camera connected to a long and flexible cable into the sewer line to find out the exact cause of a sewer line problem, like a clog, leak, or tree root intrusion that can lead to both clogging and leaking and its location within the system.
To determine the location of the blockage or damage, a radio transmitter can record the physical location of the line and how far it is from the surface, giving plumbers the necessary information to carry out the sewer line repair successfully without having to resort to guesswork or digging.
When Are Sewer Camera Inspection Services Necessary?
While sewer line video inspection is an important tool in sewer line repair, not every plumbing problem will require it. Some plumbing issues can be resolved without the use of an inspection camera. However, homeowners who notice the following signs may benefit from sewer video inspection services:
- Slow drainage: Drains around the home taking a long time to drain can be a sign of a blockage in the sewer line from grease and oil, food waste, non-flushable materials, or tree roots.
- Toilets that back up or clog often: Homeowners who are perpetually unclogging their toilets or experiencing backups have a bigger problem on their hands than just a clogged toilet and may require sewer line inspection.
- Bad smells: Foul-smelling drains could be a sign of a clog and bad smells like the smell of sewage outside could indicate the sewer line is cracked and leaking.
- Wet or more lush patches of grass: Soggy areas in the yard and grass growing at different rates could be due to a leak in the sewer line.
How Do Homes Benefit From This Service?
One of the key advantages of sewer camera inspection is its non-invasive nature. Because sewer lines are buried underground and aren’t easily accessible, the only way to view them without advanced technology is to dig through the ground for access.
Without pinpointing the problem's exact cause and location with sewer video inspection, fixing the issue could also be more time-consuming, costly, and labor-intensive. But with a sewer line camera, plumbers can be confident they can get to the root of the problem without resorting to invasive measures that can cost homeowners more.
About Magic Plumbing
Magic Plumbing has over four decades of experience serving San Francisco and the Bay Area. They offer same-day service, free estimates, and no surprises. Call them today for sewer video inspection services in San Francisco, CA.