A sewer line camera inspection is a wonderful tool to help you discover problems inside residential and commercial sewer systems. Sewer repair contractors use this high-tech equipment to locate problems and make repairs or replacement suggestions. While many property owners like to think of the camera inspection as miracle technology, it has its limitations.

Why is it so important for property owners to understand what a camera inspection can do? Put simply, it helps you know if a sewer repair company is being upfront with you or trying to rip you off.

What Is a Sewer Camera Inspection?

To begin, we want to go over what a video inspection is. This service uses a small video camera affixed to a flexible rod. We insert the camera into the sewer pipe and the camera records images that we view in real time. Sewer contractors insert the camera into the line via the main clean out or through the vent stack. For large diameter pipes common on commercial properties, we use CCTV camera equipment.

What a Sewer Camera Inspection Can’t Do

Let’s begin by discussing what a sewer camera inspection can’t find. Mainly, sewer camera inspections can’t locate leaks. Contractors may use the camera as a secondary tool as part of a leak detection service, but it’s never used as a primary way to find leaks.

Reasons Why a Sewer Camera Can’t Find Leaks

There are three very good reasons a sewer line video inspection will not tell you if you have a leaky sewer pipe.

    1. A sewer camera can only see what’s going on inside a pipe. So, if is there’s leakage outside of the pipe from a suspected hole or break, the camera will only see the crack and not the actual leak.
    2. Experienced sewer contractors rarely have a problem knowing when there’s a leak, but they can’t rely on the video feed alone. That’s why your sewer contractor will look for other indications of a leak in addition to any supported evidence found during the camera inspection.
    3. Sometimes what looks like a hole or a crack isn’t. Instead, it could be debris buildup, calcified pipes, or rusty pipes.

So, what is a sewer line inspection good for?

Line Inspection Locate Pipes

It’s always a good idea to know where the sewer lines are that run under your property. Not only do you need this information if you need sewer line repair, but you don’t want to dig and accidentally hit the pipe. A camera inspection provides you with this valuable information. Inspections also allow us to see sewer system connections.

Pipe Material

In Cerritos, sewer pipes made from cast-iron and clay are common. These materials service their purpose, but after a while become susceptible to corrosion and breakage. If you have an older residential or commercial property, it’s good to know what type of pipes you have. This helps you prepare for future problems and make plans to reline the pipes or replace them.

Drainage Issues

This is the #1 reason we use sewer camera equipment. When we get calls from property owners who have serious drainage problems, we use the video equipment to figure out where inside the sewer drains the problem exists. Not every drainage issue is a sewer problem, but when the drains back up frequently or you catch a whiff of raw sewage wafting up from your drain, it’s a good bet that something is going on inside the sewer pipes. Our camera inspection service helps you determine what’s causing the blockage.

Sewer lines clog for many reasons including tree root intrusion, sagging pipes, broken pipes, and misaligned pipes. Older homes experience sewer-related drainage issues, but new properties can have issues if the sewer system wasn’t installed right the first time.

Schedule Your Sewer Line Camera Inspection

Would you like to know the condition of your sewer system? We recommend annual camera inspection service for residential and commercial sewer systems. Call Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic to schedule sewer line camera inspection in Cerritos.