28 Jul Sewer Line Camera Inspection
At 535 Plumbing we do all we can to make sure that our inspection of your plumbing issue is timely, efficient and accurate. To aide us in this pursuit, we use the latest camera inspection technology to ensure that we are able to diagnose what caused your sewer backup as well as the location of the backup. This helps to save our clients both time and money when repairs need to be made.
How Camera Inspections Work:
In order to diagnose your plumbing problem, our team of professionals use a tiny flexible camera that is attached to a long cable. This cable is fed through the sewer pipe until it reaches the cause of the blockage. Once the camera reaches the blockage, a transmitter on the camera is used to record the physical location and depth of the sewer line where the blockage is located. This gets rid of a lot of the guess work that was previously involved in the diagnosis process. In the past, plumbing companies would need to excavate the sewer line and search for the location of the clog, which would end up costing home owners a lot of money. By using the camera inspection method, we are able to cut the amount of time needed for diagnosis, as well as reduce the cost of repair.
Types of Plumbing Issues a Camera Inspection Can Identify:
Inspection cameras can identify any problem with your sewer line, however, the following are the most common issues we uncover when performing a sewer line inspection with our cameras.
- Busted, Cracked, or Shifted Pipes – While the camera is moving through the pipe, our team is able to identify any broken, cracked or shifted pipe by carefully watching the camera feed. In Hawaii, there’s a lot of old infrastructure. Because of this, we find lots of busted pipes with our camera inspections.
- Bellied Sewer Lines – Repeat blockages occur when a part of your sewer pipe starts to sag.Sometimes this is caused by soil erosion under the pipe, foundation settlement, or poor soil compaction. Regardless, this is a big problem as bellied lines can cause repeat blockages. However with camera inspection, we can easily diagnose this issue and pinpoint the location of the bellied pipe for replacement.
- Blockages – Sometimes the sewer pipes are in perfect condition, especially in newer residential developments. However, clogs can easily occur overtime when things that should be placed in the trash end up in the toilet or down the sink. Our camera inspections can easily identify major clogs and allow us to know exactly where the clog is located.
- Tree Roots – With older pipe types such as cast iron, clay or other porous materials, root infiltration is very common. Because tree roots are always searching for a source of water, your porous pipes became an ideal place to grow into. Sometimes all it takes is a small crack in your pipes and the tree roots will find a way into the pipe, which will totally destroy your piping. Our camera inspections can help to identify these cracks or find any roots that have infiltrated into your piping.
Our camera inspection is undefeated so far. We have yet to come across a sewer blockage that we could not identify (knock on wood) and repair once diagnosed by our camera inspection service. We suggest that you call us immediately if you suspect a clog or a leak in your sewer piping. If left alone, a clog or a busted sewer pipe can be devastating to your property and your pocket book. As a good preventative measure, we also suggest that your main sewer line be inspected and cleaned yearly (if not yearly, then at least every other year). This will help you to be proactive and prevent plumbing problems in a cost effective way.