What We Assess in a Camera Inspection

Plumbers have all sorts of unique and specialized state-of-the-art tools available at their disposal, but there may not be one that’s more effective and useful at helping fix the problems in your home than the camera inspection tool. This system is remarkably simple: a small, waterproof low-light camera is affixed to the end of a plumbing snake that’s then fed through the plumbing in your home. The images are then sent back along a wire that runs inside the snake to a monitor where the plumber is feeding the line in. Many of these inspection cameras can go as far as 200 feet or more!

What makes these tools so useful? Simple: when there’s a problem in your plumbing, the camera helps us identify it so we can fix it properly the first time. Long gone are the days where plumbers used to have to guess as to what was impacting your home: a camera inspection helps us see what’s going on for ourselves so the first fix is the right one.

Sewer Inspections

While plumbing inspections can help us identify issues in things like drains and toilets, they are invaluable allies when it comes to spotting serious problems in your sewer lines. Sewers are prone to all sorts of issues, and a camera can help us spot any of them quickly and even show us where the problem is so we can take the most efficient and least invasive approach to fixing it.

Here are just a few things a sewer inspection can help us locate:

  • Blockages: if you’re noticing that all of the drains in your home aren’t working, then odds are you probably have a blockage somewhere that needs to be removed. A video plumbing inspection through your main sewer line can check for blockages caused by things like hair, soap, grease, fat buildup, or other waste that may have accumulated over years of use. Video inspections also often tell us whether or not your plumbing is in good enough condition that we can perform the simplest fix to one of these blockages: a hydro-jetting service.
  • Collapsed lines: Over time, old iron or galvanized steel sewer lines can grow old, rust, and collapse, leading to flooding in your yard, destruction of property, and other possibilities as well. When we spot a collapsed line, we can figure out exactly where the collapse occurred, and then figure out whether we need to dig up the line or the line itself can be replaced with a trenchless pipe repair.
  • Root intrusion: Root intrusion is usually caused by trees or large plants digging their roots downward and finding a microscopic crack or gap in a connection point to draw water from. Sewer lines provide plants with all sorts of nutrients including nitrogen, water, and other substances, and it’s not uncommon for a root to rapidly grow to the point where it blocks up the line entirely. Fortunately, this issue can also usually be resolved by a hydro-jetting service.
  • Cracks & leaks: Plumbing leaks don’t always cause tremendous floods or major headaches. Some are so small they’re virtually invisible, especially when they’re underground. However, these leaks can be the cause of plenty of issues, including even causing the foundation of your home to become unstable. It’s critically important that even small leaks are found and sealed as soon as possible, and cameras make that a possibility like never before.
  • Dirty walls: Slow-moving sewer lines are usually the result of a partially-obscured pipe, and they’re usually a sign that your plumbing is going to clog up entirely soon. Partial obscurity comes when debris slowly and gradually builds up over time. While you may not have noticed that your plumbing is moving slower yet, spotting dirty walls and blockages starting to accumulate is a sign that you need to have the walls of your plumbing cleaned, which is done with a hydro-jetting service.
Have your sewer line inspected by our highly-trained and friendly Bloomington plumbers! Call Rooterworks today at (651) 401-7090 to schedule your appointment.
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