A sewer camera will leave nothing to guesswork. You have to call a technician who will insert a flexible rod with a high-resolution video camera on its tip into the pipes that can range from 2 inches to 36 inches in diameter. The camera at the tip of the rod can travel through the pipes even around the corners. It will provide a real time video image that will give you the full picture of the condition inside the sewer pipe. It will detect obstructions due to root intrusion, grease build-up etc. It can detect misaligned, broken, punctured, off-grade or corroded pipes.
Verify if the problem has been solved
Once the sewer repair or clog removal has been carried out, the sewer camera can be inserted once again to know if the clog has been cleared out in its entirety; or if the pipe that was to be replaced, has been installed properly.
Know the pipe type used
If pipe is broken or corroded that needs to be replaced, you can know through the camera the pipe type used there. So as a buyer it will be easy to choose your pipe material.
Besides detecting the problem, the sewer camera can also tell you about potential problem spots in the sewer lines. It can tell you which places can develop clogs pretty soon. So you can take the required action to nip the problem in the bud before it does further damage to your sewer system.
Locate Hidden Pipes
Sewer systems are made of many pipes, some which are deep underground that cannot be seen from above. They need digging up the area that will demolish large sections of walls. With a sewer camera you can inspect such pipes with any digging.
It is a cost saving measure to get an inspection done with a sewer camera to know the problem instead of calling the plumber every week for clogged toilet drain or backing toilets. With a sewer camera you know the problem exactly and do the needful to get it repaired. Moreover digging sewer lines for inspection does a structural damage that is a waste of investment.
A residential video sewer inspection can cost $100-$800. It depends on factors such as the length of the pipes, local rates etc.
Disclaimer: Although rate quoted in the page are typical average rates that can be seen across USA, they can vary in certain areas depending upon city and the variables associated with each individual project.