What is a Plumbing Camera Line Inspection?

Video cameras have become one of the most essential tools plumbers use, and a camera line inspection is a great service homeowners and business owners need to utilize. Many plumbers now use specially designed equipment to see far within a sewer line to determine the source of a drainage issue. They can even see into underground pipes that would ordinarily require a team to dig out.

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What does an inspection consist of?

Sewer lines are located beneath a building. There is a concrete slab above the sewer line, which is roughly 4 to 5 inches thick. There are also several feet of dirt above the pipe. While many clogs are relatively close to the drain, clogs can form deep within the system. Water is unable to drain past this point, and water and sewage begins to leak out of the drain into the building.

An experienced plumber can perform a camera line inspection to see what is causing the drainage problems. The plumber watches a monitor inside the building to see what is inside your pipes. This lets the team know what action to take next. It is possible that tree roots, mud, foreign objects or even cracks in the pipes are causing the problem. Depending on what the exact problem is, your team of plumbers will come up with a solution to address it completely.

Our team will also know where in the system the problem is located. Sewer cameras come with location devices that produce a signal. The plumber has a signal receiver inside the building, and the plumber can determine where the camera is underground. This lets the team know how far down the system the blockage is located. This all helps in coming up with the best plan possible for clearing out your sewer system.

What is an inspection incapable of doing?

A camera line inspection is not infallible. It is up to the plumber’s interpretation to figure out what a blockage is. Therefore, the plumber may think the clog is caused by a foreign obstruction when it is actually the roots of a tree breaking the pipe. So much gunk and debris can end up near the obstruction that it is difficult to determine what exactly is going on. Fortunately, an experienced plumber can still make an educated guess, and if the first treatment does not get rid of the blockage, then the plumber will try something else.

The plumber may also have a hard time deciphering debris that builds up on the pipes. Over the years, grease, soap scum, calcium and other deposits build up on the inside of the pipes. This can also make it difficult for a plumber to see what is going on. As a result, most plumbing teams will recommend hydro jetting first. This process eliminates debris built up on the interior of the pipes, and it can help the team get to the bottom of the issue.

Conclusion

A camera line inspection is just another tool in a plumber’s arsenal. You need to hire a plumbing service that offers the best tools available to get your pipes working once again.

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