Preventing Drain and Sewer Clogs with Camera Inspection
Clogs, leaks, and backups are common household problems. As a homeowner, you will likely encounter this issue several times. Some issues may resolve themselves, but others can occur deeper in your plumbing. This makes things difficult to detect – often until its too late. When these issues pop up, it’s always best to consult a professional. Plunging or using harsh chemicals on your own can further damage your system and put a dent in your wallet. When you call a Jones Service professional to remedy a clog or slow drain, they may suggest a camera inspection to fully examine your pipes, locate a clog, and look for areas of concern.
What is a Camera Inspection?
During a camera inspection, a plumber attaches a waterproof camera to a small cable. It’s pushed through your plumbing with ease and does no damage at all to your pipes. While the camera travels through your plumbing, the plumber can see what’s inside of your pipes. Your plumbing is complicated, so early detection is crucial in preventing any major plumbing catastrophes. No one wants to deal with a burst pipe or a back-up. Luckily, with a camera inspection, you don’t have to! Here are some other ways that camera inspection can benefit you:
- It’s accurate. The best part of a camera inspection is its precision. Because a plumber can visually inspect the inner workings of your plumbing system, they will be able to locate the exact area of the problem. It’s a quick way to diagnose a problem without money-wasting trial and error.
- Less labor. Plumbers used to have to dig to get at the sewer line or cut into the walls to access your home’s plumbing. Most sewer inspection cameras are fit to travel through large pipes or the smallest of drains. There will be less work for your plumber, and the work will be less invasive in your home.
- It can prevent future problems. A camera inspection can reveal a lot more than a stubborn clog or leak. PLumbers can catch other issues in your plumbing, such as cracks, pests, and other damages.
Signs You Need Your Pipes Examined
- Slow drains. If your sink is draining slowly, you likely have a blockage somewhere in your plumbing. However, if it seems that several fixtures won’t drain simultaneously, the blockage may be located in your sewer line. If your slow drain lasts or worsens, you should call a professional.
- Pests. An increase of creepy crawlies and critters is never a good sign. If your home is visited by these unwelcome pests, they may be coming from a fault in your sewer line. Cockroaches and rats can squeeze through even the smallest of cracks, so call a professional as soon as you see these pests.
- Higher water bills. If it seems like your utility bills are higher than usual, you may have a hidden leak. No matter how small it may be, that’s water wasted. A camera inspection will be able to detect the source of the leak.
- Sewage backup. Sewage should go down your pipes, but if it winds up going the opposite direction, you could be in trouble. If it appears that the sewage only backs up out of one drain, then it’s most likely isolated to that drain. If it seems like sewage backs up every time you flush a toilet or use a sink, then the problem may be much deeper in your sewer line.
- Foul odors. You shouldn’t smell sewage in or around your home. If you can, there’s probably a crack somewhere in the sewer line. Your plumbing should be sealed tight, but sewer gases can escape through cracks. A camera inspection will be quick to find where foul odors are coming from.
- Mold. If you see mold or it smells musty, call a plumber immediately. Not only is mold toxic to your health, but it also needs excessive moisture to grow. If there’s mold growing in your home, there’s usually a leak that’s causing it.
- Green, lush grass. While your lawn may be looking good, it may be due to a leak in your sewer line or septic tank. Vegetation thrives off of raw sewage. Also, be on the watch for pools of septic water that can form in your yard from a leaking sewer line.
Call Jones Services today to schedule your camera inspection!