Your home relies on its sewer lines on a daily basis. They supply your home with fresh water while also ensuring that waste water flows safely back to municipal processing plants. Yet sewer lines can also be the cause of much stress should they stop functioning properly. This can completely interrupt the flow of your daily life, both literally and figuratively.
Fortunately, modern technology offers plumbing companies new and improved ways to repair sewer line issues. One of the most commonly used techniques for diagnosing a sewer line problem involves the use of hose-mounted cameras threaded down into your pipes. This article will outline three key benefits of sewer line camera inspections.
1. No More Guesswork
Traditionally, plumbers had to rely on their experience and knowledge when it came to diagnosing sewer line problems. This was an inexact science at best. The problem was that there is a multitude of things that can go wrong with a sewer line, and many of them appear the same when viewed from the outside.
Misdiagnosing a problem can lead to further issues down the line. It can also fail to make any noticeable difference. For instance, if your sewer line has become cracked by an encroaching tree root, this will allow water to escape before it gets to your home. Yet if a plumber wrongly assumes that a clog is causing the problem, then precious time will be wasted trying to clear it out.
A sewer line camera inspection allows a plumber to make the right diagnosis the first time around. As a result, they can quickly get to work ensuring that the problem is corrected in the most efficient manner. A camera inspection can reveal problems up to about 330 feet from the point of entry, meaning that virtually no issues will go undetected.
2. Better Prevention
Sometimes a camera inspection reveals that the sewer line problem was exactly what the plumber assumed from the beginning. For instance, the camera might reveal that your outflow sewer line has become restricted by a clog. Even in a simple case like that, the camera will provide vital information for moving forward.
In the case of a clog, the sewer line camera will be able to show your plumber exactly what materials were responsible for restricting flow. It may turn out that the culprit ties back to something that you or a family member has regularly been putting down the drain, which will allow you to make changes to prevent the issue from recurring in the future.
3. Prevention of Secondary Issues
Camera inspections offer an excellent way of diagnosing the nature of your problem. But they don't stop there. In countless cases, a camera inspection will also turn up evidence of secondary issues. This may involve things like invasive tree roots and deteriorating pipes. Even if these issues aren't affecting your sewer line now, they definitely will as time goes on.
Catching such problems early will allow you and your plumber to make plans about the best way to deal with them. Depending on the severity of the threat, your plumber might decide to implement a more involved repair in order to treat both issues at once. This will ultimately save you lots of money and stress by preventing the need for additional service visits later on.
Sewer line camera inspections have revolutionized the way plumbers diagnose and repair clogs and other issues. They offer an up-close and personal view of your sewer lines, allowing service people to assess the state of your plumbing system with unprecedented accuracy.
For more information about having a camera inspection performed at your home, call the experts at Cleary Plumbing & Air.