Do you have a sewer problem and do not have a clue what it is or where to dig? A couple of ways to know if you have a potential sewer line issue is by noticing puddles of sewage in your yard, all drains in your home backing up, then this is an indication that you have a main sewer line clog or that your sewer line is damaged. A low-cost sewer camera inspection just might solve the problem. Typically a plumber will need to be called in order to run a video line through your waste pipes. With the sewer camera, the plumber is able to see what is actually causing a blockage or backup within the sewer pipe without needing to dig up your yard or even taking a quick guess and end up being wrong.
Since sewer repairs are not a small taks, this tremendously helps homeowners avoid expensive repairs without knowing completely if their problem will vanish after the task is complete. A sewer camera is a very small, flexible camera which is attached to a snake-like cable that goes through the sewer pipe to the point where your clog is. This tool also has a radio transmitter on the camera which records the physical location of the line and the depth from the surface, which in turn tells the plumber where the blockage exactly is and what work needs to be done in order to fix it.
A sewer camera can most certainly identify any problem with your sewer line, however, here are the most common: sagging or bellied sewer line, broken, cracked, or collapsed pipes, major blockages, and tree root infiltrations. Let's talk about each of these individually listed. Sagging or bellied sewer lines - this is an issue where a section of the sewer pipe starts to sag and waste gets caught in the bellied section, which in result causes an repeat in blockages. Broken, cracked, or collapsed pipes - since the camera is able to make its way down the pipe, the camera is able to show the plumber if the pipe has any sorts of cracks, if it has collapsed, or shifted.
Major blockages - years of putting things down the pipes in your home that should be going into the trash can instead causes buildup of paper, grease, and more gunk. Lastly, tree roots - with old pipes which were made of cast iron, porous material, or clay this is a common issue. Since tree roots “look” for water sources as they are growing, if your pipe has any sort of crack in it, the root will make its way into your sewer to get the water inside and begin growing causing extensive damage.
Once the cause of the issue is identified by the plumber, your plumber will explain the process of the traditional sewer repair and replacement option. A traditional sewer repair and replacement is an option where a plumbing company will dig a trench on your property in order to uncover the sewer line and repair or replace the section which is causing the issue. However, this option can cause damage to your concrete walkways, driveway, landscaping, and such, but it is the best option in some cases.
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