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4 Benefits of a Sewer Camera Inspection

Checking sewer manhole with borescope inspection camera.

Are your plumbing systems acting strange? Is your toilet backing up despite not having an obvious clog? It might be time for a sewer line camera inspection! Sewer cameras consist of a camera at one end of a long, flexible rod that connects to a computer to show a live feed of what’s inside your sewer pipes. Call our highly skilled professionals, and we’ll be able to get your pipes cleaned out. But how does sticking a camera into your pipes help you get your pipes fixed?

Signs Your Sewer Line Is Failing

Slow Draining

If the water in your sink and other plumbing is slow going down the drain, a sewer pipe might be damaged. If you’re lucky, the problem might just be a clogged pipe. However, if other drains are experiencing problems, the clog is likely much deeper in the sewer line. Some of the things that can cause this include tree roots, cracks in the pipe, and flushed objects clogging the pipe. At worst, this could lead to backed-up sewage coming back up the pipes.

High Water Bills

If you notice that your water bills are steadily rising and you haven’t changed your water usage much, you might have a sewer leak. Higher water bills are often a sign that there’s a leak draining your water somewhere. You can trust Alliance Plumbing to find and seal up the cracks causing your heightened water bills.

Bad Smells

Functional sewer pipes are airtight, so if you’re noticing foul smells coming from your drains, your yard, or around the house, a pipe might be cracked. Alliance Plumbing can fix or replace that damaged pipe and keep your property smelling fresh.

Pools of Septic Water

A big sign something is wrong with your sewer line is if you find water where it shouldn’t be. If the sewer line needs repairing, standing pools of foul-smelling water can show up in your house or in your yard.

Low Water Pressure

Your home’s plumbing is sensitive to changes in water pressure, and it requires a careful balance to work properly. If your sewer line gets damaged, your home’s water pressure will drop and your plumbing won’t work as effectively. If this happens, call us so we can fix and inspect your system.

Gurgling Pipes

It’s normal for your pipes to make a small amount of noise when water is running through them. However, if you’re hearing loud gurgling noises coming from your pipes when the water isn’t running, it’s likely caused by trapped air emanating from a crack in the plumbing.

Animals Are Attracted to Your Yard

If one of your sewer pipes is leaking, the smell coming from your yard and the pools of septic water might attract unwanted guests. Rodents and insects might be attracted to the smells or the opportunity to use the stagnant septic water for breeding.

Unusually Green Lawn

Are parts of your lawn looking particularly green and lush this year? Don’t be so quick to praise the new grass seed. Sewage leaking from your pipes makes great fertilizer, but it’s a fertilizer you don’t want your garden exposed to. Eventually, the bacteria in the water will ruin your lawn and garden.

Cracked Foundation

The last symptom, but an especially worrisome one. If you leave your sewer line damage unchecked, it might cause structural damage to your home. Some of the more extreme symptoms include cracked foundations and even sinkholes. This is a rare symptom for anyone who is good at maintaining their plumbing, but you should call for a professional immediately if you notice your foundation is cracked.

PVC sewage pipe

How a Sewer Camera Inspection Can Help

Get the Right Fix the First time

There are a variety of reasons your drain pipe may not be working. Things were flushed down the toilet, or the sink drain may have caused a blockage, tree roots might have grown into the pipe, or the sewer line may be cracked or disconnected. There’s also the possibility you have a water leak. Each problem requires its own unique solution, and a sewer line camera can help us figure out exactly what we need to do to fix it.

Avoid Unnecessary Digging

Usually, the only way to get a good look at your pipes is to dig into your yard and look at the pipes. Not anymore! Sewer camera inspections offer a non-intrusive way to look at your pipes without tearing up your garden.

Receive a Reference Video for Insurance

When you get your pipes checked by a sewer line camera, you also get a video of the footage for your own use. This can be useful if you have to explain to your insurance agent what happened.

Much Cheaper

As well as being cheaper and faster than digging for pipes, a sewer camera inspection can help you locate early warning signs of bigger problems. By finding these issues and dealing with them quickly, you can save more money by not undergoing serious repairs.

Cranney Is Your Top Choice for Sewer & Drain Plumbing

Over 40 years in the home service industry have taught us to never leave a problem “out of sight, out of mind” unless you want further issues popping up. With our $99 sewer camera inspection, we’ll find out exactly what’s causing you problems and fix it. As an authorized Nexstar Residential Service provider, we’ll deliver nothing short of the highest standards in service and technology. If you need professionals to perform a sewer camera inspection, look no further than Cranney Home Services. 

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