3 Reasons You Should Use Video Cameras for Residential Drain Inspection

19 April 2021
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A physical examination of plumbing and sewer drains can unearth clogs, corrosion and other problems that may slow down wastewater drainage. However, traditional drain inspection methods can discourage homeowners from undertaking this project. They require one to dig through the ground, a process that can be costly and invasive. Video drain inspection is a modern technique with many benefits over traditional methods. Below are a few benefits of employing the technology in residential drain inspection.

Accurate drain examination

Various problems can plague residential drains, ranging from clogs from debris, root invasion, damage and corrosion. If wastewater is draining slowly from your plumbing fixtures, you may not instantly establish the cause of the problem. Video cameras snake down your drain to provide images and video footage of your plumbing lines. They unearth the following issues:

Underlying drainage issues

Video camera inspection unearths the underlying issues in your drains. The cameras provide high-quality video and images that can help with proper drain repairs. For example, they can differentiate clogs resulting from debris buildup and root invasion. The footage shows the condition of the pipes and whether they have leaks or corrosion damage. This comprehensive data allows you to undertake prompt repairs.

The extent of the problem

Most inspection techniques can locate drain problems, but they may not show the extent of the problem. You need to know how damaged or clogged the line is to estimate the repair costs. Unfortunately, in most cases, you will only find out after excavating the ground. Video camera inspection provides all the information about the condition of your clogs. You can tell how damaged your pipes are and create an accurate repairs budget.

Non-invasive inspections

Invasive drain inspection procedures can tear apart your flooring and damage your yard. For example, indoor drain inspections require you to pull out tiles and dig underneath the concrete to access the lines. Similarly, when inspecting outdoor drains and sewer lines, you have to excavate your yard. 

Conversely, with video technology, you don't have to worry about digging an entire area to ascertain the root of the problem. There's no guesswork during the procedure. Once you receive the footage and pinpoint the affected areas, you can proceed with repairs. You can pair this technology with non-invasive repair techniques such as trenchless drain repairs.

Low project costs

Trenched drain inspections are costly. You have to account for excavation and repair costs. The pipes may suffer damage during the process, costing you even more on repairs. After completing the project, you need to restore your home and yard, a process that may be costly too. Non-invasive drain inspection saves you from incurring these expenses — you only need to budget for drain repairs.

Video technology trumps traditional drain inspection techniques. Contact a plumbing contractor for assistance!