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Benefits Of A Video Camera Inspection To Diagnose Drain Problems
Among the most useful advances in plumbing over the years is the advent of video camera sewer inspection. The inspection uses a high-tech camera attached to a cable that can be run through your drains and into your sewage system, allowing you and your plumber to see the condition of your pipes in real time. When a sewer pipe is clogged, bulging, cracked, pinched, or completely disconnected, a video camera inspection allows your plumber to quickly and accurately identify the problem so they can work on the right solution.
Whether you’re dealing with stubborn drainage issues or are proactively looking for preventative care for your plumbing system, here are 8 reasons why you should consider a sewer camera inspection today.
What are Video Inspection Cameras?
These inspection cameras are advanced tools where a video camera is inserted into the sewer or drain line while we watch on a TV screen to see the clogs in your pipes. When there is a problem in the pipes it is often difficult to pinpoint the exact problem without x-ray vision. This camera can actually go down the pipes and look for a problem with the lines. In this way it helps us to inform customers of the exact reason why their plumbing system may not be working properly.
Advantages of Video Camera Inspection:
You can find lost valuables: People lose rings and jewelry in the drain or sink while washing dishes. When the video camera is inserted into the pipes, our installers can find the item if it is still in the pipes.
Inspections with video cameras can show blockages:
One of the great advantages of these cameras is that they can identify blockages in pipes that might otherwise be missed. If the clog isn’t in the drain, it can be difficult to find. If the drain is slow, the clog may be less. These video camera services can find these blockages. Sometimes the culprit can be tree roots growing deep into the pipes. Video camera services can find this hot shoe. Debris can also get stuck at junctions between pipes and around tight bends, which these cameras are also great at locating.
We will know what the blockage consists of:
A blockage in a sewer line may contain toilet paper, feminine products, tree roots or thick fat, and with a video camera inspection we can understand what kind of drain cleaning method is most appropriate.
They locate broken wires:
Also, one of the other common plumbing problems people might have is a broken wire. If the pipe breaks, it can cause sewage to leak into the yard or into the foundation of the property. This is a serious problem that can cause significant damage. Sometimes these breaks are hard to find. This is where video camera services can come in handy. A video camera can sneak into the pipe and quickly find the break so it can be repaired.
They help protect your lawn:
Before this technology existed, the only way to find a clog in a sewer line was to dig a long trench across the lawn of a property to look for a crack or hole in a pipe to search. This process destroys the grass, shrubs, and trees on your property, and the damage can take years to repair.
Fewer permits may be required:
If a plumbing company needs to dig a trench in a lawn, plumbers may need to apply for permits from local government agencies. Using a video camera to conduct an inspection makes removing a clog or repairing a pipe easier, so we often don’t need a permit.
Can save you money on future repairs when buying a new home:
When you buy a home, it’s a good idea to take a close look at the sewage system. If there are problems, it can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
It Helps Locate Leaks:
A sewer inspection camera can help your plumbing crew pinpoint the location of a leak quickly! While some leaks leave obvious visible traces, others, especially those hidden behind walls or under the slab of your home, aren’t as easy to find. Measuring the length of cable in the pipe before locating the leak allows installers to accurately diagnose pipe problems and calculate the location of the leak. The sooner the plumber finds the leak, the better for you. Undetected and untreated pipe leaks cost money and cause serious damage to your home.
FAQs about Video Camera Inspection for Drain Problems:
Q1. Is video camera inspection suitable for all types of drain problems?
A1. Yes, video camera inspection is suitable for most types of drain problems, including clogs, leaks, cracks, and root intrusion.
Q2. Is video camera inspection safe for my pipes?
A2. Yes, video camera inspection is safe for your pipes as the camera is waterproof and doesn’t cause any damage to the interior of the pipe.
Q3. Can video camera inspection detect hidden problems?
A3. Yes, video camera inspection can detect hidden problems such as cracks or leaks that are not visible from the outside.
Video camera inspections take no more than a few hours and give you peace of mind that everything is working as it should.
By investing in regular video camera inspections, you can keep your plumbing healthy and your days undisturbed by plumbing emergencies. Contact Wisler Plumbing & Air today to speak to one of our industry experts and ensure your pipes stay on track.