What’s going on in your pipes?
Cameras are one of the most valuable tools in the plumbing industry. Specially designed waterproof plumbing cameras give plumbers a visual of the condition of your sewer lines and other underground pipes. Cameras are especially useful in hard-to-reach areas, like beneath your home’s slab or foundation. To begin your camera inspection, a skilled technician inserts a rod with a high-resolution camera on its tip into your sewer line. The rods are flexible, so the camera is able to travel through the twists and turns of your sewer lines. As the camera moves through your pipes, it transmits footage to your plumber in real-time, so they can assess pipes immediately. Footage can also be saved and referenced at a later date.
When is a plumbing video camera inspection helpful?
Many homeowners request a sewer line camera inspection if they incur a problem that can’t be fixed by drain cleaners, plunging, or drain auguring. In other instances, a camera inspection may be scheduled before adding a bathroom or remodeling a kitchen. Since these kinds of projects bring in an influx of wastewater, it’s a good idea to inspect the sewer line to ensure that it can handle the increased demands.
What can this type of inspection reveal?
If a plumber is performing an inspection of your entire sewer line, they’ll get to see everything going on in your pipes — from the trap, down through the sewer line, and up to any obstructions. If the camera pushes past the blockage, it may make it as far as the beginning of the municipal line. This type of inspection generally transmits high-resolution images to the plumber above ground, allowing them to understand the inner workings of your pipes.
When the camera reveals a blockage, the plumber will go to ground level and sweep a locating device until the device picks up the camera’s transmission signal. Then, the worker can spray a paint spot at the blockage’s exact location. The sewer trench is dug at the location of the blockage, and repairs are made.
However, it is important to note that video camera inspections cannot reveal leaks. Sewer lines are usually made of cast iron or PVC, both of which are thick-walled pipes. Furthermore, the inside of sewer pipes are nasty — with years of grease, soap scum, calcium, and other debris accumulated on their walls, so what may appear as a crack in the pipe could actually be a crack in the scum.
Call JIG PLUMBING for Plumbing Video Camera Inspection
If you’re having problems with your sewer lines, JIG PLUMBING can lend a hand. We offer several kinds of plumbing video camera inspections in Chino, CA. Visual inspections are the easiest type of inspection but are also limiting because this only works if the piping is clearly exposed or visible. If a visual inspection isn’t possible, a push camera is the next easiest option. Pushcams are inserted into the pipe being inspected and transmit a live feed to the plumber. However, you can’t manipulate pushcams, so these may not be useful if you need to inspect a branch line, for example. Lateral launch cameras are inserted into the mainline, but when it reaches a branching line, it adjusts positions and launches a camera into the branching line. This gives plumbers a fuller view of your pipes. There are also robotic crawlers. These units are preprogrammed before being inserted into the pipe. Once inside the plumbing system, the robotic crawler transmits a live feed to the plumber.
JIG PLUMBING is equipped and experienced and ready to perform plumbing video camera inspections in Chino, CA, so call 844-899-9054 today.