Wondering whether the problem with your plumbing is from your sewer lines? Or you’re not sure where the clog in your drain pipe is located? You can use a special waterproof camera attached to a long flexible cable to trace the issue. This is known as sewer camera inspection. 


When you suspect there might be an issue with your drain pipe, such as leaks, clogs, or other plumbing issues, a sewer camera inspection can reveal to you what is going on inside the sewer line, enabling you to acquire timely and accurate solutions. 


What Happens During a Sewer Camera Inspection?


Your sewer and drain specialist will insert the special sewer camera into the drain line and run the camera throughout the length of the drain pipe, including every bend or turn along the pipe. The drain specialist observes the inside of the pipe on a monitor mounted above the ground. With a trained eye, they can tell you whether you have a leak, clog, or broken drain pipe. 


This way, they can better advise you on what must be done to fix the issue(s) with your plumbing. This is obviously a non-intrusive or invasive way to detect the cause of plumbing issues in your home. However, a sewer camera inspection cannot reveal every problem in your sewer line. Generally, with a sewer line inspection, you can tell if you have clogs and the location and exact depth of the clog in your sewer line. 


It is also ideal for resolving other important sewer-related issues, such as tracing your sewer lines, determining the types of pipes used in the sewer line (especially important if you think the pipe’s integrity may have been compromised due to aging), and several other purposes. One thing a sewer camera inspection may not reveal to you is leaks. Leaks can be quite tricky and complicated to trace, so a camera inspection alone may not give you the best results. Ideally, you may need to carry out further investigations to ascertain whether you saw a clog or not. 


The Benefits of Performing a Sewer Camera Inspection


It’s quick and accurate


One of the best things about carrying out a sewer camera inspection is that it gives you a precise result. This means that your plumber can use camera inspection as a quick way to diagnose the exact problems in the pipes accurately. 


It is environmentally friendly


Sewer camera inspection does not involve any digging or excavation, unlike traditional methods of detecting, removing, and replacing faulty sewer pipes. These methods, at best, end up messing up your lawn and garden. However, a sewer line inspection to trace plumbing issues does not involve trenching. 


It can help you prevent future problems


Doing a camera inspection of your plumbing can help you prevent future plumbing problems on your property. Beyond showing you stubborn clogs and compromises in your drain pipe, a sewer camera inspection can show you other issues like cracks or dips in the sewer line, root intrusion, pests, and other damages. 


The cost of labor is cheaper


Traditionally, to get to your pipes, a plumber needs to dig to get at the sewer line. An impressive thing about sewer inspection cameras is that they are a perfect fit for sewer lines, and they can travel through large pipes or even very narrow drains. 


When should I perform a sewer camera inspection? 


Whenever you suspect internal issues with your drains, you should consider running a sewer inspection before deciding which solution is best. In fact, an experienced sewer and drain specialist knows exactly what to do after a sewer inspection. 


A sewer camera inspection is ideal for both residential and commercial properties. If you notice problems in your property’s drain system, the first and most important thing the sewer and drain specialist should do when they come over is run a special sewer camera through your sewer line. 


At N.W. Sewer and Drain, we use a sewer camera to detect the nature of the problem and determine the best approach to solve it. So, a sewer camera inspection is essential for resolving almost every sewer line-related issue. Keep in mind, however, that there’s a limit to what a sewer camera line can see. It cannot see all the problems in your drainage system.


To further help you understand when a camera inspection is necessary, here are some common pointers you can look out for: 


  1. Your toilets start to make gurgling sounds: When you hear gurgling sounds from your toilet, it is a sign that something could have gone wrong in the drain pipes. It could be an unusual buildup of clogs or stubborn waste. 
  2. Your sink drains slowly: Slow-moving drains mostly indicate obstructions or clogs in your drain pipes. With a sewer camera inspection, the drain and sewer specialist can detect this. 
  3. Sewage backup:  When you start noticing sewer backups and standing water, you need to act fast. It can either be an issue with your own system or a problem arising from multiple properties in the neighborhood. 
  4. Foul odors coming from your plumbing system: One usual telltale sign of a sewer drainage problem is a foul odor. You can tell that the drains are not flowing out as they should because the odor of the accumulated waste makes its way from the pipes into your living space. 
  5. Septic waste pooling in your yard: Soggy spots appearing in your yard can be an indication of broken or leaking sewage pipes. Obviously, you can tell that this is a broken pipe or damaged pipe problem. It can also result from sewer backup, but a sewer camera inspection can help you identify the exact issue. 


Reliable Sewer Camera Inspection from N.W. Sewer & Drain


At N.W. Sewer & Drain, we have a reliable team of experienced sewer and drain technicians that can help you fix all your drainage issues and free clogged pipes in your home or business facilities. An essential aspect of our services is a preliminary camera inspection. This helps us advise our clients on the most appropriate solution for their sewer problems.


We currently service residential and commercial properties in Seattle, including Everett, Marysville, Arlington, Oak Harbor, Burlinton, Bellingham, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Renton,  Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Auburn and other surrounding areas. For about 20 years, we have maintained top-notch drain cleaning services. Whether hydro-jetting, or trenchless sewer pipe repair, we follow the best practices in the industry.


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