Your plumbing can serve you well if it's cared for properly. A video inspection is one technique you can use to make sure the plumbing stays in good condition.
1. Suspected Leaks
If you suspect a leak somewhere in your main drain line or in the walls of your home, it can be difficult to gain access for direct inspection. In this case, a video inspection can solve the problem. The camera is fed down the pipe from the drain or cleanout opening, so it can access areas of your plumbing that you can't. This way you can spot a suspected leak and determine what is causing it without tearing up your home or yard.
2. Persistent Clogs
It can be frustrating to clear out a clog in a drain only have it return again in short order. This is especially common in main drains when issues like pipe collapse, root incursion, or stubborn blockages occur. Sending down the inspection camera allows your plumber to both locate the exact point of the clog as well as determine why it keeps clogging. This way they can repair the problem and solve the clog for good.
3. Frequent Backups
Frequent backups are often caused by clogs, but not always. In the main drain, for example, backups could be caused by groundwater incursion into the drain pipe or issues with the backflow valves along the drain or at the municipal connection. These issues can be hard to find from outside of the plumbing system, but a quick inspection with a camera and make the problem immediately obvious. This saves your plumber time, which saves you money, plus the issue can be repaired much more quickly.
4. Planning Purposes
If you are planning to any major construction in your yard, such as putting in footings for an outbuilding or installing an underground pool, you need to know the layout of your plumbing system and drain pipes. Unfortunately, this information isn't always readily available. Fortunately, your plumber can use a video inspection camera, equipped with tracking, to map out your entire plumbing system both inside and outside of the home.
5. Home Pre-Purchase
When purchasing a new home, make sure you aren't purchasing someone else's plumbing problems. Bring in a plumber to do a video inspection of the pipes, particularly the main sewer drain, before finalizing your offer. They can find out if there are any major repairs needed in the new future so that you can make an informed decision on your offer.
Contact a plumbing video inspection service for more help.