What is a sewer camera

Have you ever wondered how a plumber knows whether or not a sewer line broke or got damaged? Sewer and drain lines aren’t something you usually think about until something goes wrong. At Drain Express, we use modern technology to diagnose various plumbing issues. One of our favorite tools in our plumbing toolbox is the sewer camera. In today’s post, we’re going to answer the question: what is a sewer camera? Read on to learn more!

What Is A Sewer Line?

So, what is a sewer line? Well, for starters, it’s a pipe. It’s composed of a singular pipe that carries all the wastewater from your home to the city sewer system or your septic tank. Usually, it’s made of cast iron or PVC. PVC is preferable to cast iron, but if your home already has cast iron, that’s fine! Cast iron is durable and long-lasting. The sewer line usually runs out into the front yard well below the frost line underground. Depending on the age of your sewer, you may want to have it inspected by a professional.

What Is A Sewer Camera?

A sewer camera is a small camera that’s connected to a cable. The flexibility of the camera allows it to snake its way through all the turns and curves of your plumbing. At Drain Express, we use this tool to inspect the inside of any kind of plumbing, not just sewer lines. We most often use it to source clogs and leaks in order to understand the situation.
A sewer camera lets the plumber inspect the condition of your plumbing, and it prevents us from needing to dig up your yard. This is an affordable and minimally invasive option. When Drain Express performs a sewer camera inspection of your plumbing, we always provide you with a video recording of the footage to see it for yourself.

What Happens Next?

What happens next varies, depending on what we find with the sewer camera. If we don’t find any issues with your plumbing, you’re good to go! If it’s a clog, we’ll either snake it or use the hydro jet. Hydro jetting is a process where we use high-pressure water to clear out your drain and sewer lines. This process does not cause any damage to the pipes and gets the job done well. It leaves your pipes free of clogs, grime, and smells once the process ends.

Rest Easy With Peace Of Mind

Now you know what a sewer camera is and why it would benefit you. The full-picture view of the inside of your plumbing provides professionals with an idea of the condition of your system. Plus, you will get to see the footage for yourself that ensures trust and credibility.
At Drain Express, we’re professional plumbers and drain cleaners with a passion for quality service and work. Reach out today to schedule a sewer camera inspection! We look forward to meeting you and helping with any of your plumbing needs.