Your main sewer line is the plumbing line that channels the waste from toilets, tubs, and sinks out of your home, toward the main sewer under the street in front of your home. Sewer lines connect to your city’s plumbing system, but unfortunately you, as a homeowner, are mainly responsible for repairing the line if a blockage or breakage occurs. However, being able to diagnose an issue with your plumbing lines will allow you to quickly call a plumber to resolve the problem. The warning signs that point to an issue with your main sewer line can be obvious and irritating. Some symptoms of a broken sewer line include:
- Unusually high water bills
- Insects and rodents becoming a problem
- Musty or sewage smell around the house
- Mold and mildew on unusual walls
- Water backups in the basement
You may hear multiple opinions on what could possibly be wrong, but the best and only way to be sure of what’s truly wrong is to do a camera line inspection.
How does a sewer line camera inspection work?
At 1-Tom-Plumber, our drain division technicians carry a special camera on their truck to do sewer line inspections. Before using a cable snake or hydro-jet, our plumbers can preform a camera locate to figure out exactly what is causing the sewer line to work improperly. They also need to know where the clog or leak is so they can compare before and after images. Getting an accurate measurement of depth and location allows our technician to diagnose the problem and give you an accurate, cost-effective estimate.
The sewer camera is located the end of a long, flexible cable that travels through the sewer. This high-definition camera transmits a video signal to a HDTV monitor where our plumbers can inspect the entire length of a pipeline. An LED light allows them to see any cracks, roots, or structural issues within the sewer line. For any type of breakage within the pipeline, the camera’s transmitter will allow the plumber to find exactly where the pipe is broken from above ground using a locating device.
Once the inspection is complete and the source of the problem is discovered, we then proceed to clean, clear, or replace the sewer line completely based on the homeowner’s discretion. Each sewer line problem can vary, but the most commonly found problems include:
- tree root intrusion
- misaligned pipe sections
- grease buildup
After the sewer line has been properly treated, a final sewer line camera inspection will be preformed to verify the line has been cleaned and cleared.The only exception for not preforming camera line inspection would be if there is water in the line. In that case, running a cable through the line first would be necessary to open it.
If you think you’re experiencing trouble with your sewer line, give us a call at 1-866-758-6237 so we can set you up with a camera line inspection today!