Sewer Camera Inspections 101

Sewer Camera Inspections in Naperville and Throughout the Chicago Suburbs

Here’s an overview of what to expect from a sewer camera inspection for your Naperville home or business.

It’s pretty safe to say that most people don’t spend too much time thinking about their sewer lines.  After all, why would you unless there’s a visible issue?  But, when those plumbing problems do start to pop up, like say you have a blocked toilet or a clogged drain, you’ll be forced to not only think about it but take action.  

For those plumbing issues that you are experiencing but can’t quite locate the source or extent of the problem on your own, a sewer camera inspection can help locate the exact cause of the issue before things become more serious.  This kind of plumbing inspection and maintenance is something that you might consider having done every year or so to check for potential sources of clogs and damage.  They look for tree roots growing in the sewer lines as well as for common household debris buildup, like paper towel balls, that aren’t supposed to be put down your drains that can easily clog your pipes.  We strongly advise this inspection with new home purchases, in particular, as in-depth sewer inspections are not a normal part of the home inspection process.   

So, what can a sewer camera inspection really do for you?  Let’s take a closer look at how you and your home can benefit from this in-depth inspection:

Sewer Camera Inspection 101

Before we look at the solution, we must first look at the problem.  Sewer clogs can happen for a number of different reasons.  The most common ways in which major clogs can occur are from buildup of household waste and from invading tree roots.  

We all know that you shouldn’t put foreign items down your drain (only flush, rinse, etc. what they’re made for), but sometimes, accidents and particles get away from us and go down the drains.  The most common household items that clog up drains include:  paper towels, sanitary products, hair or fur balls, plastic, grease and food particles.  These and any other foreign objects should never go into your drains, as they can all contribute to problematic clogs.   

Another major issue that can cause sewer clogs and damage, that is usually far from thought, are tree roots.  Tree roots can grow into sewer pipes and cause severe plumbing problems without you ever actually seeing it happen.  Older pipes are more susceptible to being invaded by growing roots, with clay and concrete pipes particularly vulnerable.  Newer, plastic pipes are more resistant to root growth.

When Should You Request a Sewer Camera Inspection?

There are a number of red flags that you should watch out for when it comes to spotting and preventing clogs and pipe damage.  It just takes a bit of attention.  You should schedule a sewer camera inspection if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Backed-Up Plumbing – If you start to notice water backing up in your drains or in your toilet, that’s a definite sign that something is wrong with your pipes.  Listen for gurgling sounds coming from your different household fixtures, and if you hear this noise, schedule an inspection to find the source of the problem.
  • Drain Clogs – Sometimes, drain clogs may have a larger cause than just your average hair ball or bits of debris stuck in the drain.  Tree roots can easily grow into sewer lines and can cause significant clogs that can eventually lead to full pipe blockages and even breaks.  
  • Buying a New Home – As previously mentioned, when buying a new home, most home inspections do not include a check of the sewer lines.  You should always schedule a sewer camera inspection before closing on a new home because you must know about any sewer problems before you end up with some unexpected and costly repairs.

The Camera Inspection Process

A camera inspection shows exactly what and where your drainage problem is.  The process is very simple and minimally invasive, as taking this measure helps to reduce damage to your yard by preventing unnecessary excavation.  Once a professional comes to your home, they will use their best judgment as to which method will be best for removing the clog

It’s that simple!  And, if you happened to have lost any valuables, like rings, down your pipes, the camera inspection may even be able to help you recover those lost treasures.  Really, it’s a win-win situation all around.  So, what are you waiting for?  If your pipes are in need of a thorough inspection, give the Tritan Plumbing team a call today!  

 

By | 2017-11-13T23:50:27+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Bathroom Plumbing, Blog, Kitchen Plumbing, Outdoor Plumbing|Comments Off on Sewer Camera Inspections 101

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