If you suspect that you have a damaged pipe under your home, there is no way of knowing for sure without having a technician dig it up, or scope it out. Most people would prefer the latter, since the former involves ripping up the front yard to the city sewer line, or worse, breaking up the concrete floor in your basement. (If you have a slab foundation instead of a basement, it is unlikely that anything other than scoping out the sewer line would be the option here.) If your technician is going to use CCTV sewer inspection, that definitely relieves a lot of concern for both you and the technician. Here are just some of the benefits of using a CCTV sewer camera/scope.
The Technician Can (and Will) Go Through Existing Access Ports
Access ports in your sewer line, from your toilet stack to the floor drains (if applicable), are exactly where the technician will insert the camera. It is remote controlled and powered to feed through anything in the sewer line, regardless of what is currently moving through your sewer drains at the moment. There is zero need to dig up the sewer line and/or drill holes into sewer pipe to gain access.
The Camera Can Check Out Adjacent Laterals of the Sewer Pipe
At some point in your sewer line, there will be a lateral, or a branch of the sewer pipe line. This is common, since not all of your drains in your home drain into one pipe and then into the sewer. These laterals can be accessed by the camera/scope as the technician searches the main pipeline up to and including about eighty to one hundred feet of lateral line may be scoped out in case there is damage in these lines as well. Lateral damage often contributes to poorly functioning main drains. Ergo, it helps to have them scoped out while the CCTV sewer camera is already in the main line.
It Can View Small Pipe to Giant Pipe
Most of these sewer cameras are able to view from a half-inch wide pipe to pipes that are wide/high enough for a person to stand up inside (about seventy-two inches). Most pipelines in your home are rarely larger than six to eight inches, which makes the technician's job easy. If you have any pipelines in your home that are of an unconventional size, the camera will still work most of the time.
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