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Reasons to Consider a Camera Inspection This Spring

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February 28, 2018

Winter can wreak havoc on your plumbing, but so can spring! Frozen pipes, snowmelt, and spring showers can weaken or damage your plumbing, causing disruption in your home. In order to keep your plumbing working properly during these seasons, you may want to consider a professional camera inspection.

How a Camera Inspection Helps Your Plumbing

A camera inspection works with a plumber attaching a waterproof camera to a sewer cable which is pushed into your plumbing. While the camera travels through your plumbing, the plumber can monitor what’s inside your pipes, as well as detect and potential problems. A busted pipe or backed up sewage can be a major disruption to your home and daily routine. Here’s how a camera inspection can help you:

  • Accuracy. The best perk of a camera inspection is how precise it is. Since a plumber can now visually inspect your plumbing, they can spot exactly what and where the problem is. It’s a quick way to accurately diagnose the problem without the money-wasting trial and error.
  • Prevention. A camera inspection can catch much more than a stubborn clog or leak. Plumbers can catch other issues such as cracks in the piping, pests, and other damages.
  • Less labor. It used to be that plumbers had to dig to get at the sewer line or cut into the walls to access your home’s plumbing. Most sewer inspection cameras are fit to travel through large pipes or the smallest of drains.

When Your Plumbing Needs a Camera Inspection

Some plumbing issues occur on the surface and are easy to identify. However, everything is connected to your main sewer line, and the deeper clogs or leaks will need professional help. Here are some signs that you may have a problem in your plumbing system:

  • Slow drains. If you’re having trouble with a sink, the issue may be a clog in your home’s plumbing. If it seems that several water fixtures won’t drain properly, then you most likely have a clog somewhere in your sewer line. A thorough drain cleaning with hot water and a mild detergent, or vinegar and baking soda may work, but if flushing each drain does nothing, then it’s time to call a plumber.
  • Pests. Rats and bugs are never a good thing, but if your home is visited by these unwelcome pests, they may be coming from a crack somewhere in the sewer line. Cockroaches and rats can squeeze through even the smallest of gaps. If you suspect there’s a crack somewhere, it’s crucial to seal it immediately.
  • Higher water bills. If it seems like your utility bills are higher than usual, the culprit could be a hidden leak. No matter how small the leak is, that’s water wasted, a camera inspection will be able to accurately and quickly detect the source of the leak.
  • Sewage backup. Sewage should go down your pipes, but if it winds up going the opposite direction, you’ll want to call a plumber immediately. If it appears that the sewage only backs up out of one drain, then it’s most likely isolated to that drain. If it seems like sewage backs up every time you flush a toilet or use a sink, then the problem may be much deeper in your sewer line.
  • Foul odors. You shouldn’t smell sewage in or around your home, but if you, then there’s probably a crack somewhere in the sewer line. Your plumbing should be sealed tight, but sewer gases can escape through cracks. A camera inspection will be quick to find where foul odors are coming from.
  • Mold. If you smell something foul and musty, call a plumber immediately. Not only is mold toxic to your health, it needs excessive moisture to grow. If there’s mold growing in your home, there’s usually a leak that’s causing it.
  • Greener, lusher grass. While your lawn may be looking good, it may be due to a leak in your sewer line or septic tank. Vegetation thrives off of raw sewage. Also be on the watch for pools of septic water that can form in your yard from a leaking sewer line.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

It’s important that you stay proactive when it comes to your plumbing. Camera inspections can help with early detection – preventing more severe problems down the road. Call ProSolutuions today to schedule your camera inspection!