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sewer camera inspection
08 May

Sewer Camera Inspection

Using a sewer camera inspection for your home’s sewer line can help keep the line in working condition. Utilizing a camera for inspection can help pinpoint the problems that may eventually arise, giving you and your plumbing professional time to create a game plan. Nobody likes to be surprised when it comes to issues regarding their plumbing.

To help reduce the element of surprise, Anytime Plumbing offers sewer camera inspections that are easy and affordable—saving you time and money by singling out potential emergency plumbing problems later on.

What is a sewer camera inspection?

A sewer camera inspection can be easily defined as finding an access point, also referred to as an inspection point, and feeding a camera through it to inspect sewer lines. There are numerous reasons for someone to have this professional service done. If you are buying a home, you may want to see if any current or potential plumbing issues could arise with the sewer lines.

Scoping the sewer lines can also give you an idea of the longevity that they have left. Using a sewer camera inspection can help point out weak spots, cracks, leaks, and infiltration by roots. The things you see in camera inspections of your sewer line is something you would not be able to see by any other means. Sewer lines are too small for humans to inspect manually, so using a camera is the best method available.

How does the inspection work?

A camera, generally one that is high-resolution, is affixed to the end of a flexible rod. The flexibility of the rod is what allows the camera to move around in spaces that may otherwise be impossible.

The point of using a sewer camera as a method of inspection is to make sure that there is an accurate view of your sewer lines. The utilization of the camera can help with maintaining the health of your lines and identifying the problems, should any exist. Using a sewer camera as a diagnostic tool also helps a plumber come up with a plan of action for issues that may arise.

Here are the kinds of things that you can expect a professional to identify with a sewer camera inspection:

  • Issues with pipeline
    • Sewer lines are found encased within the soil around your home and under your home. Sometimes, the elements can cause this soil to shift and creates vulnerable situations for your sewer lines. When this happens, plumbers often find that lines are compromised from cracking or breaking.
  • Tree Roots
    • The more trees around your home, the higher the likelihood tree roots could become a factor in attempting to maintain your sewer lines. When tree roots break and fall into the lines, it can cause serious damage to your sewage lines and create potential problems.
  • Corrosion
    • Older pipes can create more problems than newer ones. Over the course of sewer history, various materials have been used to compose sewer lines. Metals have a high probability of corroding, which can eventually cause a complete sewer collapse.
  • Blockages
    • A common problem with sewer lines is blockages and clogging. This can happen for several reasons. Blockages can be caused by leaves, grease, and just the amount of time in between cleaning your lines.
  • Leaking at the Joints
    • Seals can become worn over time. The highest rate of leaking can come from the joints of the sewer lines. Lines can also weaken, and debris can collect in these bellies.

What kind of camera is used in the inspection process?

A sewer camera inspection requires a special camera. The camera has to be long and flexible, yet compact enough to move freely through the lines. Using a camera like this in an inspection helps a plumber be accurate in diagnosing the problems that could present themselves in your sewer lines.

Using an inspection service like this can help prevent the unnecessary digging and destruction of a yard or perfectly good sewer lines in the process of fixing an issue.

How much does a sewer camera inspection cost?

Some plumbers may charge a flat rate for an inspection like this. The subsequent charges would then come from any work that needs to be done to repair any damaged sewer line.

Depending on the amount of the sewer line that needs run, the cost of a sewer inspection using a camera could cost between $230 and $905. A lot of this depends on different variables. The shape of the lines and the time needed to inspect thoroughly could be significant factors.

Would it be cheaper to do it myself?

You could try to diagnose problems on your own, but most plumbers would advise you against doing so. The base rental cost for equipment to inspect your sewer lines could potentially cost around $200. That may not seem like a lot, but if you don’t know what you are doing and you damage the camera in any way, you could be out thousands of dollars.

It is safer to hire a professional to utilize the equipment, which they are already properly trained to use. The professionals will also be the ones who are needed to fix the problems that may have arose in your sewer lines. The chances of you being able to fix these kinds of issues on your own could be time-consuming, costly, and frustrating.

How do I know which experts to call?

Calling a plumber can be a lot of responsibility. You don’t want to make the wrong decision and end up spending twice as much in the long run. Your local Anytime Plumbing professionals are experts at sewer camera inspections and are available anytime you need them.

Anytime Plumbing services multiple areas around Santa Cruz and offers competitive prices for your plumbing needs. There is no sewer problem that is too big for your local Anytime Plumbing experts. Pick up the phone and give them a call for a free consultation and estimate on a sewer camera inspection.

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