A clogged sewer can often be more of a problem than initially realized. This is because there is often a challenge determining what portion of the sewer line is clogged. The fastest and safest way to identify the root of a sewer clog is by calling a qualified professional plumber and having a sewer camera inspection completed.
What is a Sewer Camera Inspection?
A sewer camera inspection consists of inspecting the inside of a sewer pipeline by using a specialty camera. It allows experts to evaluate the overall condition of the sewer lines, determine the root causes of a problem, and identify the exact location of the problem. Having a camera inspection performed can prevent unnecessary digging, as well as unnecessary costs.
How Sewer Camera Inspections Take Place
A video sewer inspection is completed by running a camera tractor with a flexible cable attached to the back of a service truck, through the sewer pipelines. The camera enters from an access pipe that leads down the sewer at an angle, either through a manhole or between manholes. The service truck is typically parked right above the access point of the suspected pipe, this way the operator can control the movement and speed of the camera. Once the truck is in location, the operator then sets up what’s referred to as a “down-hole roller,” this is set up to prevent the cable from causing damage by rubbing against the top of the pipeline.
The operator can then begin the inspection by operating the camera tractor remotely from the service truck. This process allows the expert to identify the exact cause and location of the problem.
Upon completion, the camera tractor is removed by reversing the gear and the cable, which are wound up simultaneously.
Sewer Problems Seen with a Camera Inspection
There are two common causes to major sewer backup and problems. They are corrosion of the sewer pipes and blockages. Chances are, if you are a homeowner, you have experienced one of these issues and wished you hadn’t.
The best way to combat these issues is with a video camera inspection. Both corrosion and blockages can be found with a camera inspection and by having this inspection before the problem does damage to your home, can save you time, money, and frustration.
Sewer backups can happen repeatedly over the years before a homeowner senses there is a real problem with their sewer line. If you are a homeowner who is experiencing constant sewer backups, then it is time to call a professional plumber to get to the root of the problem. At Mister Sewer, our professionals have years of experience in video camera inspections and can help you locate your problem once and for all. Schedule your appointment today.