Even in the best-kept homes, clogged drains and leaky pipes may be typical plumbing issues, especially in older homes. While you can address most clogged drains using a plunger, other plumbing issues may go unnoticed until it’s too late. With today’s plumbing technologies, we should not wait for a major sewer main or drainpipe to back up and cause damage because it went unnoticed. Instead, you can prevent significant damage by having a camera inspection on your drains. Once the camera inspection is complete, your plumbing technician can take the right course of action. Like they say, “A Picture Paints A Thousand Words.”
A Camera Inspection Can Prevent A Potential Disaster
Your camera inspection will involve a plumber putting a waterproof sewage camera down the drain attached to a cable designed to navigate through your drainpipes. The bright led lights help your plumber view the pipes as the camera moves throughout to check for any possible issues. While most plumbing systems are a complex maze of pipes, most plumbing disasters may be avoided by early detection. But, of course, no homeowner ever wants to deal with a broken drain pipe or sewer line. Still, fortunately, you don’t have to because a camera inspection can prevent a potential disaster from happening.
This is how a camera examination may be beneficial to you. The accuracy of a camera assessment is that your plumbing technician can visually check your plumbing. It will allow them to identify the precise nature and location of the issue. It’s the best method of identifying a rapid, accurate alternative to the costly trial and error process.
A Camera Inspection Can Locate The Bottom Line Problem
You may avoid future issues because a camera inspection can locate more than an obstruction. For example, it could discover a cracked or broken main line which is the core of the problem. Otherwise, a homeowner might remove the clog without getting to the core of the problem. It gives your plumbing technician a powerful tool to detect other plumbing problems and requires less work. Before camera equipment, plumbers had to dig to access the sewage main or cut through walls to reach your pipes. Most cameras can pass through even the largest pipelines and smallest drains.
When is a Camera Inspection of Your Plumbing Necessary?
Your plumbing system is made up of a maze of pipes connecting to your sewage system. Therefore, even if some problems appear to be minor on the surface, there could be a deeper plumbing issue. No homeowner wants to throw money at a plumbing problem, so understanding when to hire a plumber could be challenging. Despite that, the bright side is there are several cautionary indicators to look out for, including the ones listed below.
Sluggish, slow-moving drains: Your home’s plumbing system may be the cause of any sink or drain problems you’re experiencing. In most cases, a blockage in your sewage system is the reason for multiple slow-moving drains. After you try clearing your drains through conventional methods only to find that they are still slow-moving, it’s time to call a plumber.
Pests: The presence of bugs and rats in and around your home is never good, but they can get attracted by the smell of raw sewage from a breach in the sewage line. Rats and bugs are drawn to the smell of raw sewage and can also fit through small openings. Therefore, sealing any cracks in and around your home is critical.
Increased water bill: At the same time, your utility bill could be the first sign of a water leak because even the smallest leak can be responsible for massive water loss without anyone knowing. A freshwater leak usually doesn’t constitute a camera inspection. However, you should consider it if your water bill is out of the ordinary. Most leaks get discovered when the water rises from the foundation where the leak started. If your water bill is more than normal, have your plumbing system checked by a professional for leaks.
Bad Smells, Backed-up drains, and Mold
Backed-up sewage: We’re well aware that our raw sewage flows down our drainpipes, into our main sewer line, and out to get treated at our wastewater treatment plant. If it happens to be flowing the other way, you should take notice and call for a plumbing professional right away. If the wastewater only overflows from one drainpipe, it is probably limited to that one. The issue may be considerably deeper in your sewer system if it feels like sewage backs up every time you use a sink or flush a toilet.
Bad smells: There should never be any sewage odors around or inside your home. If you smell sewage around your home, chances are you have a sewer pipe that’s cracked or broken. Get to the source of the problem and quickly identify the offensive odor by calling for a camera inspection.
Mold: If you detect unpleasant odors, inspect your surroundings for mold. Check for moist areas on your carpet, and look for areas like discolored walls that would show signs of mold. Contact your plumber immediately if you detect mold and cannot locate the moisture surrounding it. Mold can not only be harmful to your health, but it can also cause serious problems for those with health issues such as asthma. In addition to being harmful to your health, mold requires a lot of moisture to develop. There’s generally a leak to blame if mold spreads in your home.
Lusher, greener grass: Although your grass could be in wonderful shape, there might be an area much greener than the rest. Raw sewage is a perfect source of nutrients for your lawn. Keep an eye out for elevated green areas on your lawn or pooling in your yard due to a leaky sewer line.
Be Proactive with Your Plumbing
If you live in Temecula, Menifee, Murrieta, or the Northern parts of San Diego, Big B’s Plumbing has you covered for all your plumbing needs. Our top-of-the-line camera inspection equipment will detect any sewer line problems faster than you ever thought possible. Licensed Plumbing Contractor #986152