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What’s a Sewer Line Video Inspection and How Do I Know if I Need One?

Do I need a sewer line video inspection from a sewer repair service company in PhoenixPlumbing is an important part of our homes that we don’t think about often enough. Failure to keep up on those hidden pipes can lead to monstrous clogs that can cause potential damage to your home.

Sometimes those clogs are in hard-to-reach places that need specialized help. This is where a sewer line video inspection comes into play.

But what is the process of a sewer scope inspection? How do you know if you need one? We’ll go through all of this information together.

The Details About a Sewer Line Video Inspection

A while back, knowing where to dig up a sewer line to fix a problem was guesswork. You had to rely on luck in order to find the right spot, or hope you hit close enough that you could still reach it without needing to dig even more.

These days, technology makes this entire process more precise and much easier.

A professional threads a sewer scope through your plumbing in order to show you the inner workings of the pipes. It’s a simple process that professionals use to reach far into the pipeline to find a variety of different problems.

After you’ve found the exact point in which a problem lies, fixing that problem is easy and fast.

Why Are These Inspections Important?

A sewer line camera can find more than large clogs. The inspection finds if there’s a crack in the pipe, if tree roots have damaged the pipe, or if there’s build up that will lead to a future clog.

Getting down into the sewage pipes can disrupt your everyday life. Without the help of a camera inspection, the process of fixing a problem can take much longer. This leads to it being even more expensive as well.

By doing this detailed inspection, the process speeds up by a large factor. This not only saves you time, it also saves you money.

Signs You Need a Sewer Camera Inspection

It may be that you are uncertain whether or not your particular plumbing needs such a detailed inspection. How do you know if it’s not something you can fix with a chemical unclogger?

There are signs and specific times where a sewer scope inspection is a huge help.

When Purchasing a New Home

There is a lot that new homeowners need to keep in mind. Things such as whether the home is the right fit, whether the furnaces need fixing, or if it has sufficient AC.

Another thing to keep in mind is to check the sewer plumbing. With an inspection, you’ll see concrete proof whether the sewers are going to cause problems in the future or not. If there’s a problem, you’ll be able to negotiate with the seller to make up for the inconvenience.

But if you don’t have the inspection, you might find that a year later you’re dealing with sewage problems. It’s always better to double check before purchasing a new house.

Slow or Backed Up Drain

Drains that are slow to drain away water are a clear sign that a problem is occurring somewhere in your plumbing. Sometimes this clears up with a household cleaner that you can buy at any store.

Sometimes that won’t be enough to get the problem to go away. What do you do then? There isn’t an easy way to see into the pipes on your own, after all. When you’ve tried these DIY remedies and it hasn’t helped, it’s time to turn to something a little more exact.

An inspection will tell you the problem without any trouble at all. You can move on to fixing the problem instead of feeling frustrated by the lack of information.

Foundation Leak

A foundation leak is a difficult problem to identify, and it’s tricky to fix. You don’t want to assume that you’ve got a foundation leak and then dig up the pipes only to find that wasn’t the problem at all.

Take away the guesswork with the help of a sewer camera inspection. It will save you a lot of time and money to get the inspection and then move forward with the fix.

Inconsistent Water Pressure

Water pressure that fluctuates or is very inconsistent is an annoying problem that a lot of houses have to deal with from time to time. Using a plunger or a drain chemical might fix the problem. But there are times when the problem persists, leaving you with faulty water pressure.

Instead of continuing with DIY remedies and dealing with inconsistent water for weeks on end, take the time to get a camera inspection.

The process is much quicker than waiting for other remedies to fix a problem. Plus, it will tell you the right way to fix the pressure without any of the guesswork.

After a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters cause a lot of trouble for homeowners around the world. They can disrupt any number of functions that a house needs to run in an efficient way.

Sometimes those natural disasters can disrupt the sewer lines under your home, but you might not even know it. You could go for months thinking that the problem is coming from someplace else.

This is extra important for anyone who lives in an older home, as the plumbing can be more fragile. After any natural disaster, it would be wise to have a sewer scope inspection to ensure that everything is working as it needs to. Without the help of this inspection, you might run into huge problems that will take a lot of money to fix.

Preventative Measures Keep Your Home Safe

The best way to keep your home free from any sewage problems is with the help of a sewer line video inspection. After a professional checks your plumbing, you’ll know where your problem areas are. From there, you’ll have a chance to fix those problems before they get worse.

Keeping up with these kinds of inspections will end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. When in doubt, get an inspection to be safe.

Contact us if you have any questions or to learn more today!


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About the Author

Chris Hays

Founder of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing

Chris and Stacia Hays, are the founders of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing; a family operated HVAC company in Phoenix founded in 2001 that services both commercial and residential customers. Chris leads a team of certified technicians who have over 45 years of combined experience and has earned and A+ rating with the BBB and a strong five star rating online. Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing focuses on providing support to their customers every step of the way, with exceptional service and competitive prices. If you are looking for top-notch air conditioning and heating service, contact Hays today.