People often say the kitchen is the heart of a home. At Best Choice Plumbers, we believe that the heart of any home is its plumbing system. Hidden in cabinets, behind walls, and buried underground, your plumbing pipes work hard day and night to keep you happy, clean, and healthy.
Sometimes, a problem arises in a drain or pipe that prevents water and other liquids from flowing through as they should. More often than not, a few quick thrusts of a plunger or a little drain cleaner gets this moving again. But when a clog resists conventional means of clearing it, it may be time to employ a specially designed camera to inspect the pipe.
Today we’re discussing how a camera plumbing inspection works, its benefits, and when you may need such a service.
How Does a Drain Camera Inspection Work?
A drain camera inspection allows us to inspect a home’s pipes more thoroughly to locate a clog and determine its cause. A sewer video camera is connected to a flexible cable and inserted into a drain or the main sewer line cleanout of a home. Using a monitor, we can watch as the camera moves through the plumbing line to detect clogs or damage. It’s a non-invasive way to get a real-time visual of your plumbing system.
Camera Inspection Benefits
- It can considerably reduce the overall cost of a pipe repair by delivering a proper diagnosis.
- Because it’s non-invasive, it can greatly reduce damage to your property from trenching.
- It can reveal minor problems that, if ignored, can turn into more costly and damaging issues.
- It provides video proof of the condition of your pipes.
- It can be used to locate lost valuables.
When to Have a Camera Inspection Performed
In addition to determining the location and cause of a stubborn clog, a camera inspection can be helpful in the following instances:
- Locate Hidden Leaks: While some leaks leave obvious clues, others, especially those hidden behind walls or under your home, aren’t so easy to find. A camera inspection can help your plumber quickly pinpoint the location of a leak so water damage is minimized.
- Learn More about Your Pipes: A camera inspection can reveal corrosion or weakness in your plumbing system. In some cases, it can also detect whether a collapsed pipe is in your future so you can take appropriate action.
- Evidence for Insurance Purposes: A camera inspection offers visual evidence of the condition of your pipes. If you’re submitting a claim to your insurance company, they may want to see the exact condition of the pipes and the location of the problem.
- Know What You’re Buying: If you’re buying a home, a camera inspection takes the mystery out of the plumbing system. Is there a beautiful large tree near the house? Its roots may be clogging and damaging underground pipes which can cost thousands of dollars in repairs and leave you with a messy, dug up yard.
Need to Schedule an Inspection?
If you’re experiencing plumbing problems and can’t figure out where they’re coming from, call Best Choice Plumbers today. We can help you figure out what’s going on with your pipes and take care of any necessary repairs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your drain/sewer camera inspection.