When you have sewer line problems, it might seem like a simple enough job to do what the pros do – stick a camera on a snake and find out what the problem might be. However, doing this is actually very complicated.
Sewers are not only wet, requiring a waterproof camera, not simply a water-resistant one, and long, requiring wireless video feeds, but they are also dark, requiring powerful lights, and underground, which means without a wireless connection, your efforts are for naught. Besides all of those drawbacks, sewers are full of dirty, filthy, contaminated ‘things’ that will not only bring out your squeamish side, but can also make you deathly ill if you do not know exactly what you are doing.
Diagnosing a sewer line blockage is better left to experts with extensive experience. Besides, they already have the tools needed and will leave your camera squeaky clean. Also, there are benefits to having a camera inspection done on your sewer lines, even if you have no problems with your sewer system.
Drains are Clogged with Grease, Hair, Food, or even Small (nonFlushable) Toys
Drains that move too slowly signal clogged pipes. If these pipes remain unrepaired, the clog will only become worse, hardening and likely growing in length as solids accumulate more and more on the side nearest the house, as water drains slowly away.
Cameras can detect exactly where clogs are located at and at the same time, the plumber can cut through, destroying the clogs and clearing out that area of your sewer line. Then the plumber can continue searching for anything else that might be wrong.
Your Yard is Different
Dramatic changes in your yard in a small area or in a linear shape can spell sewer problems. Extra-lush grass, mushy soil, or a persistent stench can all point toward a collapsed sewer line. Instead of going to the expense and hardship of digging things up to see what is going on, camera inspections can be faster, easier, and much less expensive to conduct.
While cameras cannot penetrate where broken lines have completely fallen through, many times they can detect exactly where the breaks begin. This is good because changes in your yard might not show exactly where the collapse is located. Viewing from both ends, starting at your home and also from the street can help determine the length of pipe involved in the collapse.
You Want to Sell Your Home
Selling your home is an act in convincing someone else that your home is perfect for them. This includes showing them that your home will be as problem-free for them, or more so, as the next home they view. Seeing the interior of a sewer system may not seem like the high point of any home sale, but it can become very important to serious buyers who want to protect their investment before closing day.
This is where camera inspections of your sewer pipe can help you sell your home more easily. Camera inspections do not focus on the exterior of the pipe, but instead show you the interior, where it counts the most.
Camera inspections are never a do-it-yourself chore, unless you happen to be qualified and have the right tools on hand. Camera inspections provide a look inside drains and sewer lines that otherwise remains hidden. Knowing exactly where problems exist and of what nature can help make decisions on the best route to take.