What Is A Sewer Camera Inspection?

The plumbing industry has truly evolved over the last few decades, especially when it comes to some of the newer innovations such as sewer camera inspections. When you think about it, do we truly know what’s beneath the surface of our gutters? Without the technology of sewer cameras, there would be a host of problems that we would be unaware of that would eventually lead to costly problems down the line. The process of these inspections is quite simple. It involves snaking a tiny camera down the drains to search for any possible damage allowing professionals such as the ones at All County Sewer and Drain to perform their job more effectively.

 

What Do Sewer Camera Inspections Do?

There are a couple of versions of these sewer line inspection cameras (All County Sewer and Drain have both versions), but the most common is a long and skinny robotic snake with a camera at the end that gives plumbers a real-time look at what is going on in your pipes. The twisty and bendy nature of the technology allows the camera to work its way through any curves and contours of the pipe or drain. So, this helps plumbers locate and diagnose the exact problems that they previously would have only been able to guess.

 

How Do Sewer Inspection Cameras Work?

Looking further into how these inspections work, you will find that the flexible rod which holds the camera is inserted into the drain or pipe. The high-definition video camera at the end is then able to broadcast everything into a screen that the plumber will use for the inspection. There are also bright LED lights attached to the rod so that they can see in the darkest areas and even record everything in the event that they need to go back and locate an issue later. 

 

There are a plethora of problems that these cameras can spot such as:

 

Pipe Issues

As a home begins to settle, pipes tend to shift at very odd angles which makes them susceptible to cracks, collapse, or even misalignment.

 

Tree Roots

You may notice that tree roots can grow into a sewer line, and can typically be cleaned. However, if it is too great of an impact, it can cause major damage repair and it would be critical to get the right diagnosis as that would be the difference between thousands of dollars.

 

Corrosion

While modern pipes are made from PVC and unlikely to see corrosion if you have an older metal pipe, then it may be prone to such damage. 

Blockage

One of the most common sewer problems is a blockage and there are a million ways that a pipe can get blocked with something. Sewer cameras are capable of pinpointing exactly where the blockage is making it easier to remove. 

 

Leaks

These cameras can also spot leaks in pipes and drains and help make the repairs much easier and faster to take on.

 

So, if you are looking to schedule a sewer line inspection using one of our cameras, feel free to give us a call at 1 (800) 834-3102 today!

Is It Time To Replace Your Sewer Line?

Many times, we look at the pipes in our home and think that they will last as long ad our home does. However, unfortunately, the likelihood of never having to deal with sewer problems during your homeownership simply isn’t realistic. While your sewer pipes may be durable, at some point, they will need to be replaced. When that time comes can vary and will depend on a number of circumstances. Let’s take a look at some things to consider when you do cross that bridge of replacing your sewer line.

 

How Long Should Your Sewer Last?

The answer to this question varies. Aside from a few clogs here and there while you own your home, your sewer line might not suffer from much noticeable damage. However, you might have to replace it a lot sooner than you anticipated and it will depend on what kind of pipes you have. Clay pipes, for example, may last about fifty to sixty years. Keep in mind these are no longer being installed in new homes. Cast iron pipes can last for 75-100 years. A PVC pipe may last indefinitely, but this along with the other pipes will depend on the circumstances in the drains, in the soil, or near the home.

 

What Can Influence A Sewer Line’s Lifespan?

Unfortunately, as mentioned previously, there is no real way to predict how long your sewer line will last. However, there are a few things to be on the lookout for as they could influence your sewer line’s lifespan. The first factor is nearby construction or other sources of ground movement like an earthquake as they can force the sewer line to break. Another factor would be tree roots which can pierce the sewer line in search of fertilization. Conditions within the soil can also speed up the rate of corrosion. Finally, poor installation can cause a sewer line leakage or breakage sooner that you would expect.

 

How Can You Tell If It Is Time To Replace Your Sewer Line?

This is a very common question and many times what you may be asking is: will there be a giant trench in the yard? The good news is that, nowadays, it is easier than ever to fix problems with a sewer line. Whether you need to repair or replace your sewer line isn’t as important as the tools your contractor has to fix the problem. For example, if they only have access to basic trench digging tools and a new PVC pipe, you might expect to have to replace your broken sewer line completely with a lot of property damage involved. On the other hand, if they have access to trenchless technology, you won’t have to worry about damage to your property. 

 

If you have additional questions about whether or not it is time to replace your sewer line, be sure to contact All County Sewer and Drain and they will be more than happy to assist you in the best way possible. Give them a call at 1 (800) 834-3102 today!