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A drain-line camera is a tool to help determine if there’s a problem with your home’s drainage system. Maybe you have noticed a nasty sewer gas odor, your water isn’t draining as fast as it use to, or you are experiencing reccuring stoppages. Typically drain lines are installed under the foundation of your house, then there’s the concrete slab which is about 4 or 5 five inches thick and then about 2 feet or so of dirt above the pipe. In order to properly inspect the pipes and find possible problems, a video camera head connected to a flexible cable is inserted into the main sewer line cleanout, or in some cases, the vent stack and snaked through the pipes. Then the plumber watches on a monitor at ground level to see what’s going on in your pipes.
1. Locate Lines:
Sewer cameras have location devices that send out a signal. Using a special signal receiver above ground, our plumbers pinpoint where the camera is underground.
2. Identify drain-line, or stoppage issues:
Sewer pipes work using the power of gravity. The pipes flow downhill so when something goes into the pipe such as, waste, debris, or water, it flows or drains down through your piping system and ultimately ends up at your city’s waste treatment center or septic tank. However, if something is causing your system to not work properly, in most cases we can use a sewer camera to determine what is causing it. Often in cases like these we find stoppages, blockages, roots, mud, broken pipe, etc.
A camera inspection alone cannot determine if you have a leak or to locate a leak or leaks in your drain lines. In fact, this is so important, it bears repeating. While it’s a useful as a secondary tool in a leak location test, a camera inspection by itself cannot be used to to determine if you have a leak or to find a leak.