What is a sewer camera inspection?

A sewer camera inspection is the process of sending a high-resolution camera through the sewer lateral. The camera inspection is used to pinpoint any problems with the line, such as breaks, root intrusions, sags, or offsets. Without a camera inspection, there is no way to see what is happening inside the drains.  

What is the process of a camera inspection?

The process of a sewer camera inspection begins with the plumber gaining access to your sewer line. Usually, this is done via a clean-out access or if there is no clean-out, a toilet would have to be removed to gain access. Once access is made, the camera runs through the pipe and transmits the video back to the screen, where a recording is made. The camera inspection can see a number of things, including, what type of material the pipe is made of, any breaks or root intrusions, or any other issues with the line, such as sags or dips, that might need to be addressed. 

What are the reasons for having my sewer inspected?

The biggest reason to have your sewer lines camera inspected is when you have repeated clogs. A sewer will not usually clog for no reason. So it is always a good idea to have the line inspected if you find yourself with a clogged sewer and no explanation. Another good time to have the lines checked is before purchasing a new home. Replacing the sewer lateral is not cheap and after spending a lot of money on a deposit and closing costs, it could be a disaster. Some areas are now requiring the sewer lateral to be inspected as part of the sale, but if this is not a retirement in your area, it is still best practice to have it checked. 

What will the camera inspection see? 

The camera inspection can see a number of things, including: 

  • What type of material the pipe is made from
  • Any breaks  
  • Root intrusions
  • Sags or dips
  • Offsets 
  • Any other problems that may be a cause for concern

Once the camera finds a problem spot in the line, the technician can then use a location device to see where and how deep that spot is. Knowing the exact location and depth of the area to be repaired makes it possible to give an accurate estimate of the work to be done. 

Who can perform a camera inspection? 

While there are a number of cheaper options for sewer cameras these days, they won’t give the same results. It also requires a lot of experience and skill to maneuver the camera through the turns and identify what it is you are seeing.  That is why it is best to hire a professional company to perform the camera inspection of your sewer. Here at Yorkshire Plumbing, we use top-of-the-line equipment for all sewer inspections to make sure nothing is missed. So if you’re looking to have your sewer inspected in the Sonoma County area, give us a call. 




Call Now