If you are having problems with your plumbing system, knowing exactly what is wrong can be a real challenge. You can’t just take a peek inside and discover what’s happening, or where the issue is located, since the pipes are either buried or covered by walls and floors.
Back in the old days, plumbers used their knowledge and experience to try to diagnose a plumbing problem. However, this was just guesswork, and most of the times many holes would have to be dug, inspecting different sections of the pipes or the sewer line until the culprit was found and the repair could be done.
Fortunately, we live in the 21st Century, and new technology has allowed plumbers to be able to inspect the pipes from the inside using Closed Circuit Television Video inspection, or CCTV. This consists of a long fiber optic cable that is fed into the home’s drains. As it travels inside the pipes, it sends a live video feed to an external monitor, where the plumber can check the condition of the pipes or sewer line’s walls. Any cracks, open joints, or broken pieces are noted, as well as their location, so they can then be repaired.
Another use for this device is finding clogs. When you notice the water is draining slowly from your sinks, or the toilets are backing up, it is important to locate the source of the obstruction in order to decide the best way to remove it. Simple clogs can be flushed away with a high-pressure water stream, but tougher ones, like mineral build-ups or tree root infestation, might require a heavy-duty cutting machine.
Many times, a video inspection will also show issues that have not been noticed yet. Small leaks, for example, can be patched up before they turn into larger ones. A sewer line that is starting to crack can be reinforced before it is too late. And small clogs can be removed before they have a chance to slow down the water flow.
But the primary use for a CCTV inspection will always be to provide an accurate diagnostic. If something can be repaired, or if it needs to be replaced, it can be decided with the help of this tool.
CCTV is also great to use when buying a house. If you are about to close the deal, don’t do it until you have had the plumbing system video inspected. Most of the times a house inspection will just take care of things like the condition of the roof, or if the electrical system is up to code. The sewer line, on the other hand, is usually ignored, and once you move into your new home, the last thing you want to have to deal with is sewage leaking from pipes that have burst. A CCTV inspection can reveal the condition of them and save you future headaches.
Let’s take a look inside your pipes; schedule a CCTV today. Contact Roto-Rooter and forget about any guesswork. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, their staff of professional plumbers will inspect your plumbing system and explain to you what is wrong and what is the best way to fix it.