The Benefits of Camera Inspections in you Sewer and Drain Pipes
Many homeowners are trying to manage the cost of running their property. Unfortunately, this can mean that often maintenance issues are ignored until a major problem develops. While spending money on preventative maintenance may seem like an extravagance, it can actually save you lots of cash and stress in the long run. A perfect example of this is your pipes. Many of us forget all about our sewer pipes until there is a blockage and sinks, bathtubs or drains begin to back up. This can be a messy problem, and it can be totally avoided with a camera inspection. Here are just some of the benefits of camera inspections.
Avoid the Stress and Hassle of Blocked Sewer and Drain Pipes
The primary reason to consider a camera inspection is that you can avoid the stress of plumbing investigations. Before this technology was available, the process of investigating a plumbing problem involved making assumptions and blind digging. A camera inspection can provide a video assessment of whether a blockage has begun to accumulate in your pipes. This can also be a useful tool to pinpoint the underlying problem and allow you the opportunity to correct it quickly before it develops into a major issue. A camera inspection can also help to determine if there are any broken, offset pipes or if there is root growth intrusion, clogs, or belly piping affecting your system on the way to the city main.
No Clean Up Mess
Unlike a major investigation, a camera inspection is safe and stress-free. There is no mess or clean up needed since the pipes can be viewed electronically with minimal intrusion. There is no reason for you to dig up your yard or cut into the driveway simply to detect the source of the problem. The camera can be fed into the pipework and travel throughout the system allowing the technician a full view of any potential problems without the need to unearth the pipe. While there may need to be some work done to correct any problem, the lack of mess during the exploration means that there is minimal fuss. In many cases, a problem can be detected before it develops into a major one, allowing you to perform preventative maintenance and avoid expensive or catastrophic plumbing damage later.
Whether you are buying a home or considering a remodel, a camera inspection can be invaluable in the due diligence process. Camera inspections can allow you to explore whether there is an adequate plumbing infrastructure to handle increased water flow. You may find that previous owners of the home did not consider the existing pipes when adding another bathroom or laundry room to the property. This could mean that the home is at risk of back up flooding or plumbing problems. When planning your remodel, a camera inspection will allow you to see if the addition is viable with the existing piping. This can help you to avoid unpleasant surprises once the work has begun.
Camera inspections can allow you to check that all sewage and drain pipes are in good condition even in hard to reach areas deep under ground. Since the camera can travel under cement, under foundations and deep below the surface, you can feel confident that your entire sewer and drainage system is free from problems.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solutions.