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Edmonton Homeowner's Guide to Plumbing Camera Inspection

Strange noises, nasty odours, stubborn clogs — when something is wrong with the sewer lines in your Edmonton home, you need to find out what the problem is and get it fixed, but how? Getting to the root of a problem with your plumbing system used to be a costly, time-consuming project that often involved digging a huge trench across your lawn to physically access buried pipes.

Fortunately, now there's a better way: plumbing camera inspection! It's a comparatively simple, cost-effective method of determining what is causing sewer line issues — it will save you time and money. It's also a great preventative maintenance option, so you can rest assured that nothing is wrong and your system is in good working order.

When you need sewer line inspection, count on the qualified plumbing professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton to complete and interpret a sewer scope that will give you all the information you've ever wanted about your pipes—and then some.

Before you choose our service, learn everything you need to know about what plumbing camera inspection is, what it's used for, and what to expect from the process, so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want the benefits.

What Is A Plumbing Camera Inspection?

When our technicians need to diagnose a problem with your sewer pipe, or need confirmation that everything is A-OK, they'll perform a video camera inspection using a special camera with bright LED lights on the end of a flexible cable. The camera is pushed into your drain and maneuvered through the pipe, recording everything it sees. Modern sewer cameras allow you to watch live on the monitor allowing you to see what the sewer camera sees.

What Are the Benefits Of a Camera Inspection?

  • Detect hidden problems, so they can be eliminated

  • Monitor problems in the sewer over time. Extend the lifespan of your sewer lines through preventative maintenance, so you don't need sewer line replacement as often — or ever

  • Avoid expensive, damaging plumbing emergencies

  • And, facilitate property inspection processes when buying or selling a house

When Do I Need Plumbing Camera Inspection?

While licensed plumbing experts will tell you that a video probe isn't necessarily the answer for every type of plumbing problem, there are some key scenarios where you and your plumbing system will benefit. You can take full advantage of that technology if you know what those scenarios are.

Malfunctioning Drains & Sewer Backups

If you're coping with unexplained plumbing issues ranging from a slow drain to a full-on sewer line backup, you need to find out what's going on and get it repaired before it turns into a much worse problem—and neglected sewer issues do tend to worsen quickly.

Clogs are caused by a lot of different factors, such as tree root infiltration, a buildup of grease, oil, and fat, broken pipes, hard water deposits, and much more. Because the treatment varies according to the cause, accurate diagnosis is very important. Once the problem has been located and eliminated, your plumber will perform a follow-up sewer line video inspection to confirm that the pipes are now functioning properly.

Planning for Renovation

When you're getting ready to develop your basement, a camera inspection of your plumbing lines is a good first step. Problems often arise with your pipes after renovation (Murphy’s Law). Knowing about potential trouble spots in advance will allow you to fix these problems before you build your dream basement.

Older Homes

Is your home more than 20 years old? The drains and pipes in older houses have seen a lot of use over the years and suffered from serious wear and tear. If they haven't had regular professional maintenance, it's safe to assume that there will be plumbing trouble in the near future. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Getting your pipes checked now — and resolving any issues that are found — will save money and give you peace of mind.

Selling or Buying a House

When you're selling a house, having video proof of clean, undamaged sewer pipes is a big selling feature that motivates prospective buyers by reassuring them they won't experience any issues or need a costly sewer line replacement soon after moving in.

On the other hand, when you're buying a home, you're the one who needs that reassurance, so you can make an informed decision about your purchase. You can request that sewer line video inspection be included as part of your property inspection, so you know if pipe maintenance will be part of the costs for your new house.

Is There Anything Sewer Camera Inspection Won’t Do?

As great as video camera plumbing service is, there are a few things that are beyond its powers. The camera will get a good view of the inside of your pipes, but it can't:

  • Detect damage or threats on the outside of the pipe

  • Retrieve visuals through murky standing water caused by obstructions inside the pipe

  • Get a perfect view of all parts of the pipe, especially areas where it needs to go around a bend

That being said, in the hands of an experienced plumber, video camera inspection is an incredibly useful diagnostic tool. Are you still unsure if you’ll benefit from this service? Talk to our friendly customer service staff. They have the expertise to help determine if camera inspection will be useful in your situation.

Trust Mr. Rooter for Accurate Video Camera Inspection Services

Whether you're in Edmonton or nearby communities such as Sherwood Park and St. Albert, you can count on quality workmanship, expert advice, and outstanding customer service from the professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton.

Give us a call today at 780-429-3600 or request an appointment online. We're available 24/7 for emergency services, and we never charge for overtime or hidden fees. Whenever you need us, we'll be there!