First it is important to understand that a camera inspection is the same concept of utilizing a video camera for a birthday party or any personal use. You are using a video camera that is made especially for inspecting the inside of a sewer pipe, this camera is built to work in water and sludge. As long as the sewer pipe is not full of water the video will give you a clear picture displaying the inside of your sewer pipe.
Most commonly the camera is inserted through the main house sewer trap and pushed through the pipe, out towards the street. The inspection will pick up on all issues including roots, a back pitched sewer, separations, breaks or bellies. Ultimately we want the camera to point out any problems that are not allowing your sewer to flow on gravity. Once we have identified the issues your licensed plumber can suggest what is the best resolution for repair.
Why perform a camera inspection?
Most commonly one would perform a camera inspection if the sewer line is backing up on a continuous basis. If you have experienced multiple back ups in one year it is always suggested to complete a video camera inspection on your sewer line.
Another reason would be if you have become aware of a sinkhole on your property, sidewalk or roadway. It is suggested to inspect your sewer line if the sinkhole has appeared directly above where you sewer line runs out to the street.
If you are using a sewer snake to clear out the sewer line and the snake hits an obstruction, or comes back shiny, it is also a good idea to complete a camera inspection.
The same goes for anyone who is purchasing a home or has recently moved into a house, it is a good idea to invest a few hundred dollars and get piece of mind. Best case scenario is that your sewer line is in good working order and you have nothing to worry about.