Even the most minor sewer line problems can quickly turn into a big, expensive mess if you leave them to fester. The moment you suspect an issue with your system, get in touch with our experts Heil Plumbing.
We offer sewer video inspection services to help you get to the bottom of the problem and fix it fast. Homes and businesses in Howard County and the greater Baltimore areas choose us because we offer straightforward prices and top-of-the-line service.
Scheduling regular drain cleaning can help you avoid sewer line issues in the future. Consult with our experts to learn more!
How Does a Sewer Drain Camera Inspection Work?
First, we slowly feed a camera system mounted on a flexible cable into your sewer line. Then, the camera sends back live footage of the pipe to let us spot any potential problems. We can then determine the best course of action.
Unlike a traditional inspection, this method allows us to assess every inch of the line without causing any damage. This is a crucial step in determining the extent of the problem and formulating an effective repair plan.
Limitations of a Video Sewer Inspection
While sewer camera inspections are handy when investigating the source of many plumbing problems, they have certain limitations. For example, when used as the only or primary tool, they can’t always locate the precise locations of leaks.
Reasons a videos sewer inspection can’t locate leaks include:
- Leaks occur when water escapes out of a pipe. Because a sewer camera scopes inside rather than outside the pipe, the plumber can’t see if something leaks out of the pipe.
- Since leaks involve many factors, even the most experienced plumbers find it challenging to pinpoint a leak through sewer camera footage alone.
- Cast iron and PVC sewer pipes are usually very thick, making it hard to tell if a hole or crack goes through the entire width of the pipes. Any holes or cracks the plumber sees could be in the buildup rather than the actual pipe.
- When a sewer camera goes down your pipes, your plumber might locate a crack or hole from the video footage. However, they may struggle to differentiate between that and debris from your sewer lines. Similarly, where a sewer camera shows a potential leakage, the plumber might be unable to locate the exact leak position.
Using a state-of-the-art sewer camera to get a clear picture of what’s happening inside your pipes requires experience and expertise. You want to hire a seasoned plumber with the proper equipment to determine where the problem lies.
The most important thing to know is that a video sewer inspection is inadequate for locating leaks on its own.