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How a Sewer Camera Inspection Works

If you’ve done any research on sewer line problems, you’ve probably seen something about “sewer cameras” or “video pipe inspections.” Plumbers use this technique when diagnosing backups or damage, so it’s wise for homeowners to know what sewer camera inspections are and what they’re used for should a problem ever arise. Lucky for you, this is exactly what we cover in this blog!

What is an Inspection?

A sewer inspection video camera allows the service technician to see any problems with the pipe. The purpose of a sewer camera is to be able to see what’s causing a blockage, backup, or damage without digging up the yard or just guessing what the problem is. Because sewer repairs and pipe replacements are no small task, this helps homeowners avoid expensive repairs without knowing for certain that their problem will be solved once work is complete.

How does it work?

A tiny, flexible camera is attached to a snake-like cable that plumbers or certified technicians insert through the clean out and feed through the sewer pipe until it reaches the cause of the issue. The camera also connects to a portable, closed-circuit display. Powerful lights on the camera illuminate the interior, so every detail inside the pipe can be seen in real-time. A radio transmitter on the camera records the physical location of the line and depth from the surface, indicating where the blockage is and what work needs to be done to fix it. During this process, your technician should note the presence of debris, clogs, and even the tiniest cracks as the camera travels to the down and back.

What an Inspection can Detect

A sewer inspection camera can identify nearly any problem with your sewer line, but these are some of the most common:

Tree root infiltrations: This is the most common with old pipes made out of clay, cast iron, or other porous materials. Tree roots seek out water sources as they grow, and if they find a crack in your sewer pipe, they’ll grow into it to get to the water inside. 

Broken, cracked, or collapsed pipes: Since the camera feeds along the pipe itself, your plumber or technician will be able to tell if the pipe has collapsed, shifted, or become damaged.

Major blockages: Sometimes pipes are in perfect condition, but years of sending things down them can cause a buildup of grease, paper, and other gunk.

Sagging or bellied sewer lines: When a section of the sewer pipe begins to sag, waste gets caught in the bellied section—resulting in repeat blockages.

How much do sewer inspections cost?

Sewer inspections can vary a lot in cost depending on the area, the plumber and your lines. However, a typical price may be between $250 and $500. If you pay for a sewer inspection and line clearing or other work at the same time, you may be able to get a better deal on the inspection.

Call Super Terry Today!

Are the drains in your home backing up? Have you noticed puddles of sewage in your yard? These are telltale signs that you have a sewer clog or that your sewer line is damaged. If that’s the case, call Super Terry to perform an inspection. That way we can accurately diagnose the issue you’re facing and offer an effective plan of action!