With so many pipes and fittings installed underground and in your home’s foundation, it can be hard to know what is happening in your sewage system. So how do you know what condition your sewage system is in or if there are any underlying problems?
Thankfully, sewer camera inspections can provide you with accurate and detailed information related to the condition of your sewer.
Best Home Services utilizes camera systems to quickly and accurately diagnose issues inside your sewer pipes. We explain when you should consider a sewer camera inspection!
What is a Sewer Camera Inspection?
Sewer camera inspections involve a small waterproof video camera on the end of a flexible cable called a snake. This camera “snake” is inserted into the sewer system and pushed through the pipeline to do a visual inspection.
Once a plumber locates an appropriate access point, they will use a sewer camera to take photos and videos of the pipe. The camera is equipped with bright lighting, and the video displays live on a small monitor, so the plumber can see blockages in real time.
As long as there is access to a pipe, a sewer
camera can be used to inspect it.
These cameras can be used in underground pipes as well as any pipes that are encased in concrete, located behind walls, or beneath your home’s foundation.
When To Consider a Sewer Camera Inspection
Sewer camera inspections can be a quick and easy way to determine the health of your plumbing system and detect issues before they become expensive repairs.
Common problems that a camera inspection can catch include:
- Tree root blockages
- Cracks in pipes
- Uneven or unaligned pipes
- Punctures in pipes
- Excessive grease buildup
- Hidden leaks
- Other obstructions
There are two situations where sewer camera inspections can be especially helpful including:
Most houses over 20 years old are at risk of more issues with the sewage system. If your home was built before the city sewer line’s installation, your piping may still be connected to a cesspool.
A cesspool is an underground container that is used for the temporary storage of sewage. These pose a serious risk of sinking and collapsing. Even if your pipes have been rerouted to the city sewer line, you could still be at risk.
A sewer camera inspection can also be beneficial if your home was built in the late 1940s and 50s. During this time, sewer pipes were commonly made of pressed wood and tar paper. Known as “Orangeburg pipes,” they were a low-cost alternative to metal pipes and were made to last 50 years under the right conditions. Unfortunately, they were known to fail in as little as 10 years.
If you have an older home and are looking to renovate, or are purchasing a new home, a sewer camera inspection is recommended to ensure that the pipes are up to code and to help eliminate future costly plumbing issues.
Sewer Backup Issues
The worst thing you can do if you notice plumbing issues is to ignore it and put off having a sewer camera inspection done.
When small plumbing issues are caught early, they
can be fixed before they become expensive problems.
If there is a sewer backup, you might notice these signs:
- Toilets won’t flush properly or plunge
- Your toilet bubbles when flushed or when a sink or tub is drained
- More than one drain is clogged
- You smell something foul near drains
Any of these signs warrant a closer look to determine the cause. The sooner the cause is located, the quicker a repair can be made.
What Happens After a Sewer Camera Inspection?
Once our team performs a camera inspection, we will come up with a repair plan, specific to your needs. Our plumbers are fully trained and licensed in sewer camera inspections, and they will provide you with all the information you need to make a repair decision with confidence.
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South Florida Sewer Camera Inspections
Now that you know more about what happens during a sewer camera inspection, you know how important it is to call a plumber at the first sign of a plumbing issue.
For the best South Florida plumbing services, look no further than Best Home Services. We are known as the “best” for a reason!
Contact us today for a service quote to put your plumbing woes in the past where they belong