Do I Need a Sewer Camera Inspection?

Find out what sewer camera inspection is and when to call for professional help.

Sewer related issues are a huge pain. Worse yet — many people end up unnecessarily digging up their property in order to discover the issue. Luckily, these days all you need is a sewer camera inspection to locate the problem. If you are experiencing issues with your sewer and need to call for plumbing help in your area, make sure you ask about their sewer camera inspection process and associated costs. If you haven’t heard of this process before, then you are in the right place! Keep reading to find out if you need a sewer camera inspection and how these inspections work.

What Is a Sewer Camera Inspection?

Your guide to sewer camera inspection and use cases

Plumbers can easily access your sewer main from the street.
To put it simply, a sewer camera inspection is when a plumbing technician uses a small camera to identify any blockages or cracks in your plumbing. Depending where the blockage is, you might have a technician run a camera through your sewer line or up into your branch lines. No matter where the issue is, the camera will be able to pinpoint the location so repairs can begin.
The camera itself is attached to a long tube snakes through your sewer and branch lines. A plumber on the other end controls how much of the tubing is fed into your sewer. The technician will continue to spool out the tubing until the issue is identified on video.

Do I Need Plumbing Help for a Sewer Camera Inspection?

If you are experiencing a blockage or irregular water pressure, it is a good idea to call in the professionals

If you're having issues with your plumbing, don't panic!

There are a few reasons to call plumbing help in your area for a sewer camera inspection. One reason is that you are planning a home expansion and want to ensure that your sewer can handle the extra water flow for a new bathroom.
In most cases, however, homeowners only request a sewer camera inspection when there is a problem. Most commonly, there is either a blockage or a leak that affects the water pressure in your home. After troubleshooting individual fixtures (toilets, showers, sinks) without any success, it is time to call for a camera inspection. 
It is important to note that camera inspections should not be attempted by the homeowner. Video inspections are big operations that require thousands of dollars in equipment — so don't bother wasting your own supplies attempting to set up a sewer camera.

How Much Does a Sewer Inspection Cost?

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The total cost of a sewer camera inspection will differ greatly depending on where you live and the plumbing technician you choose. On average, sewer inspection cost anywhere from $200 to $400. Though that may sound steep, it is far less expensive and invasive than digging up your yard to locate the issue.

What Does a Sewer Camera Inspection Show?

Sewer camera inspections help technicians identify any issues with your pipes

A sewer camera will show the location and cause of the issue.
A sewer camera inspection is beneficial both for the technicians trying to fix the issue and the homeowner. The technicians use the video to identify the location of the blockage or breakage. Using this video, plumbers can better communicate the plan moving forward. Often, when we are able to visualize a solution to a problem, we feel better about the repair process. So, while there is a utility to sewer inspection, it also helps plumbers deliver better customer service.
In the video you can expect to see high quality footage of your sewer line. Once the camera meets the blockage or the leak, you will be able to clearly see the issue on screen. Often, the footage is shaky since the camera is being manually snaked through your pipes. But, the image captured of the problem will be crystal clear. 

How Do You Remove a Blockage in Your Plumbing?

If you need to have a blockage removed in your plumbing, you may need professional help

Your plumber can quote you on repair options.
If your plumbers have identified blockage or a leak in your plumbing, the next step is to start repairs. If the issue is in your sewer line, you should call plumbing help in your area and see if they offer trenchless repairs. Trenchless repairs remedy issues without needing to dig up your yard. The process involves unfurling new piping material inside your existing plumbing. By doing this, plumbers  repair any leaks or cracks in your pipe without the need for direct access via a trench. After the material is inserted in your plumbing, it is then cured so it stays solidly in place. Once the new pipe is cured and secure, your plumbing can resume normally — all without any invasive measures.
If you are experiencing issues with your plumbing, don’t hesitate to ask about a sewer camera inspection or trenchless repairs. By seeking out professional help, you can get the ball rolling and get more information about the right plumbing solutions for you.

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