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How Does a Video Sewer Pipeline Inspection Work?

What is video sewer pipeline inspection? As its name suggests, a video sewer pipeline inspection uses video technology to inspect the condition of an existing sewer pipeline.

This could be the sewer line that connects to the mainline on the street that runs to the local wastewater treatment facility. Or it could be individual pipes within your home, like your kitchen sewer line that connects to your home’s mainline.

A video sewer pipeline inspection identifies the cause of a potential sewer problem, such as a blockage or pipe damage. Let’s take a look at how video sewer pipeline inspections work, plus a few other things homeowners should know about this type of inspection.

How does a video sewer pipeline inspection work?

If you’re having unidentified sewer system issues, first you’ll need to contact a local plumber near you. A technician will schedule an inspection.

On the day, the technician will run a protected cable with a camera attached to the end through the sewer line. The camera will pass through the sewer, searching for any damage and blockages. This cable is fed manually through the pipe.

Once the problem is identified, the technician will leave the camera pointed at the issue, which is usually a blockage. A built-in transmitter will give off a signal, which the technician can detect using a locator.

At Golden West, we use only the best in video inspection technology. Our high-res cameras come equipped with auto-focusing capabilities and bright lights for maximum control and visibility.

When do you need a video sewer pipeline inspection?

If you’re planning big renovations or you’re buying a new home, we recommend booking a video sewer pipeline inspection.

For renovations, a video sewer pipeline inspection ensures your current sewer line can accommodate new plumbing fixtures.

For new homeowners, a video inspection can prevent minor issues from snowballing into major repairs.

Another reason why you might need a video inspection is an unidentified sewer problem. If you have a blockage that a plunger or drain cleaner can’t fix, a video inspection will

Can you perform a video sewer pipeline inspection yourself?

You can — but that doesn’t mean you should.

Drain cameras are available online for anywhere from $300 to $900. Despite the hefty price tag, these cameras aren’t professional quality. Their lead lines aren’t long enough to inspect the full sewer line and usually cap out at 100 feet. Not only are the cameras mediocre, but some don’t even have lights for visibility.

Compare that to professional equipment, which costs tens of thousands of dollars. In addition to high-res cameras and powerful lights, our cameras also have auto-leveling capabilities, which means the video always displays upright. Our cameras are also able to record the inspection, making it easy to play back the video to ensure we didn’t miss anything. Plus, our lead lines can reach in excess of 1,000 feet.

Not to mention that homeowners often lack the training and expertise needed to successfully identify and remove a blockage. In a world where there are so many DIY fixes for common problems, some issues are best left to the pros!

Benefits of a professional video inspection

Aside from saving hundreds of dollars that you might have otherwise spent on inferior equipment, the main benefit of a professional video inspection is accuracy. Video is the best way to identify and repair sewer blockages and root intrusions. It also saves tons of time and labor costs and prevents guesswork and digging to find the issue.

Contact us for video sewer pipeline inspections in Denver and the surrounding area

A video sewer pipeline inspection isn’t your everyday plumbing procedure. But it’s especially useful for certain situations, like renovations, new homes, and stubborn blockages.

If you require a video sewer pipeline inspection in Denver or the surrounding area, call us today.

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