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Sewer Camera Inspection: What It Can and Can't Find.


A sewer camera is a needed tool that helps to determine whether there is a problem in the waste line or not. You may be suffering from nasty sewer gas odor or the water is not draining as fast as it should be in both situations you will end up with an overflowing toilet. In this situation, you will call a plumber that will perform a sewer camera inspection to figure out the main issue.

Sewer Camera Inspection

The sewer line is installed in the foundation of a house, first, there is a concrete slab then about 2 feet of dirt above the pipe. To find out the real cause or to inspect the pipes, a sewer scope camera that is connected to a flexible cable is inserted into the main sewer line. Then the plumber watches any underlying issue in the waste line with the help of a monitor.

What a Sewer Camera Cannot See

Despite using the technology, there is some limitation to what a sewer camera can or cannot see in the waste line. For example:

· Leaks: It is not possible for a sewer camera to determine a leak or to locate it. You have to repeat the process over and over again to find out the leak.

What Sewer Inspection Camera Can do

While there is some limitation, also there is a certain situation where this camera proves to be very effective.

· Lines Location: The sewer camera comes up with location devices that send out a signal. Using the signal receiver you can find out the exact location of the camera in the waste line.

Depending on the situation, a waste line inspection may not alone find all the problems. It is also important that the plumbing company performs a leak location test which can not only find the problems but also gave you a complete report of the current condition of your waste line.

The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections.

Phone: 1-800-598-4754


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