Sewer Camera Inspection
Sewer problems are common in Columbus. Clogs, broken sewer pipes, leaks, and sewage backups can happen at any home, but finding the source of the problem is not so easy. Sewer lines are buried underneath the property. They travel from the drains in the house to the city sewer main, which is located below the street. This means that those sewer pipes could be underneath the lawn, driveway, patio, and sidewalk. Not so long ago, finding out what was causing a problem with the sewer and where the problem was located took a lot of guesswork. Today, this guesswork has been eliminated thanks to high-tech video cameras.
How a sewer camera inspection is performed
Sewer video inspections are the latest trend in the plumbing industry. We use a small waterproof video camera that is connected to a screen in our truck. This camera is attached to a long flexible rod and inserted into the sewer line. Our technician remotely operates this device, using a built-in LED to illuminate the area.
As the camera travels along the sewer line, the technician carefully watches the screen and records any issues he notices so they can be corrected.
What a sewer camera inspection can find
Using a sewer camera can provide valuable information that helps us choose the best plumbing technique to fix the problem. For example, water that is flowing slowly down the drains could be caused by a clog in the sewer line, but also by a crushed pipe section. These are very different issues, and each one takes a unique approach to solve. Being able to know precisely what is wrong will make the repair much quicker.
One advantage of these inspections is that while we are searching for the problem, we can also take a look at the general condition of the pipes. Cracks, holes, and missing pipe sections are logged so we can repair them, keeping the sewer line in top shape.
A sewer camera inspection can also provide evidence about the structural integrity of the pipes. Sewer pipelining is generally used to repair cracks and holes to get rid of leaks, but if the video shows us that the pipes are damaged beyond repair it would be a waste of time and money to try to patch them up, so a sewer line replacement should be done instead.
Never skip an inspection before a repair
If your plumber is asking for your approval to start repairs without performing a video inspection first, you could be in for a lot of trouble. Always ask for a sewer camera inspection and make sure you get a copy of it. You can use it to get a second opinion, or simply to verify that the diagnosis and sewer repair quote you receive is correct.
Call today and schedule your inspection
For a sewer camera inspection in Columbus, Ohio, call us at (614) 276-1510 and set up an appointment. Our plumbing staff will work with you to answer any questions and provide the information you need to make an informed decision.