The plumbing industry has changed a lot over the past few years, largely due to advancements in technology. One piece of equipment that plumbers are not relying on is video cameras. They can send a specialized, waterproof video camera down into your sewer line and use the footage it generates to detect any problems. If you've never had a sewer video inspection before, then you probably have a few questions. Hopefully, you find the answers below in this FAQ guide.
When should you get a video sewer inspection?
There are a few instances in which a video sewer inspection is called for:
- Before you purchase a home
- If your home is more than 40 years old and you've never had a video inspection before
- When your home's drains are not flowing freely
- If you have any other reason to suspect there is something amiss with your sewer lines
Do you get to see the video footage?
Yes, if you want to. Some plumbers won't show you the footage unless you request to see it. Others will automatically give you a copy of the footage so you can share it with anyone else who may work on your sewer pipes over the years. Policies vary, but many sewer inspection services will be happy to share the footage with you.
What kind of issues are detected in video sewer inspections?
Video sewer inspections can detect clogs in the line. The plumber can see what the clog is made from, which helps them devise a plan to free that clog. The video inspection can also detect collapsed lines, cracked lines, tree roots in the line, rusty lines, and lines that are too narrow for their purpose.
How much does a video sewer inspection cost?
Costs vary based on the economy in different areas, but usually, you can expect to spend somewhere around $200 or $300 on a video sewer inspection. Note that this service can often save you money. By detecting sewer line problems before you end up with an overflow or completely blocked toilets, you can save your plumber work and also prevent the need for costly cleanup.
Video sewer inspections are one of the best, most innovative new advancements in plumbing. If your home is older or you have noticed some issues with the sewer line, call a company that offers this service.
Contact a plumber for more information on sewer video inspections.