How a Sewer Video Inspection Works and Why It’s a Good Idea

When you call a plumber to your home, it’s usually for some type of project inside the house – cleaning a drain, fixing a leaky pipe, maybe installing new fixtures for your bathroom renovation.

Sewer Video Inspection

But one of the most important parts of your plumbing system is actually outside your home. Or, under the ground, to be more specific. We’re talking about your sewer line – the pipe that transports wastewater out to the municipal sewer main. All water that goes down a drain in your home will end up flowing through the sewer line – as long as it’s working properly.

Problems with the sewer line

Unfortunately, it’s possible for the sewer line of your home to get blocked for a few different reasons, including:

  • Tree roots growing into the pipe
  • Clog inside the pipe from a collection of oil, paper products, and other debris
  • A crack or other damage to the pipe

When the sewer line is blocked, wastewater can back up into your home, which can result in a foul odor and be a serious health risk.

Benefits of sewer video inspection

Even if you know you have a sewer line problem, it’s hard to pinpoint where the issue is taking place. In the past, that meant that you had to dig up the ground on your property and search along the route of the sewer line until you found the problem. That can be costly and create a big mess.

A new, smarter option is having a plumbing professional conduct a sewer video inspection. This process uses a scope with a camera on the end that goes down the drain and through the sewer line. Thanks to the camera, the plumber can see what is happening in the pipe. The scope also has a transmitter that tells the plumber where the problem is located.

Having a sewer video inspection done offers a number of benefits:

  • Finding the blockage quicker
  • Reducing the amount of digging required
  • Informing the plumber what work is needed to fix the problem

The price of a sewer video inspection varies depending on the company. It’s important that high-quality equipment is used. If the camera doesn’t have powerful enough lighting or is low-resolution, you won’t get the information or benefits that you need.

When to schedule a video inspection

If you suspect you may have a sewer line issue – for example, all your toilets and sinks are draining slowly – then having a sewer video inspection can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run.

For fast, affordable sewer line service in the Little Rock area, you can trust the team at Whitten Plumbing. We’ll find and fix the blockage so it doesn’t become a bigger problem in your home. Call us today at (501) 607-6596.