Eventually, at some point or another, you will encounter a mainline sewer stoppage. The toilets, sinks, showers and bathtubs simply won’t drain. Even worse, you will have a backup of waste in your basement or crawl space.
Sewer line stoppages or blockages are some of the messiest, most costly plumbing disasters possible. Issues of this magnitude call for a unique high-tech solution. That’s why the experienced service technicians at Pipe Doctor Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. use a sewer line camera to detect sewer line blockages and, in High Definition video, explain visually what is happening.
Sewer Line Blockages: Common Causes
As the name implies, a sewer line blockage occurs when a foreign object prevents plumbing waste from flowing away from your home. These are some of the most common causes:
- Dumping grease down your sink/garbage disposal.
- Accidentally flushing garbage/hand towels down toilet.
- Using “flushable” products—like flushable wet wipes.
- Tree roots growing into the sewer line.
- Old sewer line cracking or disconnecting.
The repair for each of these sewer line blockages differs. This makes identifying the cause of your individual sewer line blockage even more crucial.
Sewer Line Camera Inspection: The Basics
1. The plumbing and drain technician opens up a “clean out” and places the sewer line camera into the sewer line. This is usually done at the “house trap” – and is generally located in your basement, crawl space or maybe even under a cover in your front lawn.
2. A sewer line camera projects a live feed from the inside the sewer line.
3. The plumber sends the camera further down the sewer line until he locates the cause of the sewer line blockage.
4. This allows the plumber to locate and diagnose the sewer line blockage.
Sewer Line Camera Inspection: The Benefits
1. You get the right fix for your sewer line blockage.
When it comes to repairing your sewer line blockage, one size does not fit all. Finding and identifying the sewer line culprit allows the plumber to use the right solution. For example, if your sewer line is cracked, a cable clearing won’t do you any good — as it would clearing a piece of garbage or debris.
2. You get the right fix the first time
Many plumbers who don’t have access to, or choose not to use, a sewer line camera try a basic cable clearing and hope for the best. Rather than finding out what’s specifically wrong, they attempt a basic repair and hope for the best. We’ve heard stories from homeowners who have had the same plumbing company attempt the same sewer line repair unsuccessfully multiple times— all while collecting a check each time.
At Pipe Doctor Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we believe in the cut-once-measure-twice philosophy. When we repair your sewer line, you can feel confident that you won’t have to call us out in another month.
3. You know what to do to prevent further blockages
If the sewer line blockage was caused by your habits, you know what steps to take to prevent it going forward. Sometimes changing a simple habit can keep you from experiencing the nastiness of a sewer line backup and the expense of a full sewer line re-trenching.
4. You can see evidence of the blockage yourself
When you’re about to spend your hard-earned money on anything, you want proof that you’re spending your money in the right place. Seeing the image of the sewer line blockage is a way for you to understand the service you’re paying for and to be certain you aren’t getting taken advantage of.
Sewer Line Camera Inspections with Pipe Doctor Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Sounds like a sewer line camera is the way to go? We happen to agree—that’s why service technicians almost always opt to diagnose your blocked sewer line with a sewer line camera inspection.
However the complexity of this process and the investment in the sewer line camera technology means that most other plumbers don’t have access to this crucial technology.
If you want the certainty that you’re getting a 100% complete repair, you want to call us. Contact Pipe Doctor Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today for a sewer line camera inspection.