Plumbing is one of those things that we take for granted – that is until it stops working. If a clog happens, and the water just won’t go down the drain, or the drains are overflowing, it’s possible that there is a problem with your main sewer line. But we’ll want to make sure.
When your Out of This World drain and sewer technician starts testing for the location of the drain clog, and determines that it’s in the main connection from your home to the sewer, they’ll often recommend a camera inspection to be sure. Identifying the location of the clog is the first step to fixing it!
These cameras are great tools, but they have their limitations. For example, if the pipe is full of dirty water, the camera may not be able to see anything. Clean water is not as much of a problem, so your plumber may advise you not to run any water before the inspection in order to give the debris in the water time to settle.
We will open the closest drain to the blockage, and run a snake down the drain to ensure the camera can go through, then feed the camera in. Depending on what we see, we can diagnose the problem.
Here are some common issues:
There are a number of possible outcomes, and the action we recommend will depend on the severity of the problem and whether it is likely to happen again after the clog is removed.
Sometimes water will still flow reasonably well if the offset isn’t too severe. If the ground has shifted a lot and has created a major blockage, we’ll recommend one of 2 things:
The costs for pipe lining and pipe replacement are similar for a standard job, but will depend on the obstacles and how easy it is to access the pipe.
While we are happy to scrape out tree roots and fix the pipe, the problem will likely reoccur in 1 – 2 years if the source is a large tree. Sadly, the only truly permanent solution is to have the tree cut down. It will be your choice as to whether to remove the tree or not.
When planning additions to your home or new landscaping:
Give us a call to schedule your sewer camera inspection today. We’ll get straight to work and let you know what we find. If you want to, you can even watch along on the screen that accompanies the camera. We want you to know exactly what is going on down there in your sewer!