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6 Things a Sewer Video Inspection Can Tell You

When plumbing problems occur, it’s often hard to locate the actual issue. Locating a blockage in a line that runs from the house to the main line by the road can be extremely frustrating. The good news is that a sewer video inspection can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside those lines. Here are six things that you can discover.

1. Major Blockages

The first and most common thing a sewer video inspection will reveal is a major blockage. This could be from debris, sludge, or build-up from use over time. By identifying the blockage and where it’s located, a plumber can more accurately remove it.

2. Tree Roots

Tree root penetration is a major problem for sewer lines and is surprisingly common. With a sewer video inspection, you can determine exactly where the penetration is occurring and how significant the issue is.

3. Damaged, Broken, or Collapsed Pipes

In some cases, slow and blocked drains don’t result from a clog, but from damage to the pipe. This is particularly common with older pipes, but newer lines can also be damaged. Broken and collapsed pipes will not allow sewage to flow properly and can discharge waste into your yard.

4. Sagging

What happens when the soil supporting a sewer line subsides? The line can begin sagging, creating a low point that affects the flow of sewage away from your home. A sewer video inspection can help plumbers pinpoint sagging lines so they can accurately repair the situation.

5. Leaks

Have you noticed damp spots in your yard that never seem to dry? Perhaps you’ve caught a whiff of something that smells unpleasantly like sewage. Both are telltale signs that you have a sewer leak. A sewer video inspection can help determine if there is a leak and where it is exactly so that your plumber can repair it quickly.

6. Shifting Ground

The ground around and under your home may shift over time. This could be settling from the grading and filling process, or it could be a natural process. However, shifting ground can cause major issues for your sewer lines. A video sewer inspection can help pinpoint areas where shifting ground has damaged the pipes so that your plumber can repair them.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to have a sewer video inspection! If you’re experiencing slow drains, constant clogging, or other problems, contact Open Drains to inspect your lines with an advanced sewer pipe scope.

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