A sewer line camera inspection is a method of inspecting the inner walls of a sewer pipe with a specially designed waterproof camera attached to a flexible cable. The cable is inserted into the sewer pipe through an access point, typically a cleanout or vent stack on the roof. As the camera travels through the sewer line, it transmits real-time video footage to a monitor, allowing the plumber to see the condition of the pipe, identify obstructions, cracks, leaks, or areas where the pipe has collapsed.
This technology is used to diagnose problems that are not visible through traditional visual inspections and can help the plumber to better understand the extent of the damage to offer the best course of action for repairs or replacements. Camera inspections are recommended for homeowners who plan to purchase a new home, as well as for those experiencing repeated sewer line blockages, slow drains, or backups.
HOW A SEWER CAMERA INSPECTION WORKS
A sewer camera inspection is a fairly straightforward process. Here’s what typically happens during a sewer camera inspection:
1. Preparation: Before the inspection, the plumber will locate the access point to the sewer line, typically a cleanout or vent stack. The area around the access point will be cleared and cleaned to ensure that the camera can be inserted into the sewer line smoothly.
2. Camera insertion: The plumber will insert the waterproof camera attached to a flexible cable into the sewer line through the access point. The camera is designed to withstand exposure to water, debris, and other materials commonly found in sewer pipes.
3. Inspection: As the camera travels through the sewer line, it transmits real-time video footage to a monitor. The plumber will watch the footage to identify any problems, such as cracks, blockages, or leaks, as well as the general condition of the pipe.
4. Diagnosis: Based on the footage, the plumber will diagnose the problem or issue and offer recommendations for repairs or replacements.
5. Report: After the inspection, the plumber will provide a report that includes photos and videos from the inspection, a summary of findings, and recommendations for addressing any issues identified.
Overall, a sewer camera inspection is a quick and non-invasive way to identify sewer line problems and determine the best course of action for repairs or replacements.