Not every plumber approaches a drain clog (or other piping troubles) in the same way. There are many devices used today to detect plumbing problems underground, but our favorite and most effective tool is the video camera cable. Cameras are used before and after drain cleaning and other services, and it turns out, there’s a lot more to be found than you may expect.
Here are some of the reasons we may use video cameras to inspect your pipes, and some of the things we may advice depending on our findings. Learn why it’s important to scope out a company that uses video scoping for all of your drain and sewer service needs!
Roots in the Sewer Line
Here’s a common problem we come upon in this area. Tree roots can grow in the sewer line, and for reasons that may not exactly be pleasant to think about. All that moisture and, well…fertilization creates ideal conditions for roots to grow towards, and they may wrap around the sewer pipe and pierce right through.
Sometimes, we need to use cameras to peer into the pipes. That way, we get a much better idea of the problem, so we can come up with an accurate diagnosis and the right method for repairs. This may be any of the following:
- Using a rooter to push through the roots (or pull some of it back up)
- Hydro jetting to blast remaining roots out through the sewer line to the drainage system
- Replacing the sewer line (and, possibly, recommending removing or treating the roots)
But it all depends on what we see!
Leaks and Corrosion
Another reason to schedule service for sewer line is if it may be leaking, or if it’s started to corrode. Hopefully, you will catch this early, but it often doesn’t come up until you notice unfortunate odors or leakage in the yard.
We can use video cameras to find out whether the pipes have sprung a leak, or if they are starting to corrode through. At this point, you’ll need to replace the pipes, but this may not be as bad as you think.
Our video camera cable can help us assess a leaky set of pipes and determine whether it’s possible to reline the pipe, rather than taking the old pipes out—and oftentimes, it is! We use Picote Solutions to apply a coating to the old piping that adheres and stays just like new! This method only requires us to dig one or two holes in the ground and we will inspect our work when we’re done (using a video camera of course).
Clogged drains can often be taken care of with relative ease. However, we don’t know this with certainty unless we use video cameras for inspection. Video cameras help us to see the level of blockage, so we can determine the right drain cleaning tool: there are many options! They can also check their work more easily when it’s done.
All in all, it pays to hire technicians and plumbers who use the latest technology, such as video camera inspections.