When To Do A Sewer Camera Inspection

If you are worried about what is happening in your home’s sewer line but you don’t know what is causing it, you might have heard about high tech camera inspections. But how do you know when to do a sewer camera inspection? And what is involved in a camera inspection? You need your reliable, professional neighborhood plumber to help answer these questions and we are here to help with that.

How A Sewer Inspection Works

A sewer line camera inspection involves the use of a specialized camera system that is designed to inspect the interior of a sewer pipe. Here is how the process works:

  • Access Point: The first step is to access the sewer line. The technician will remove the cover or cap from the entry point and insert the camera system into the pipe.
  • Camera: The camera is attached to a flexible cable that is fed through the sewer line. It captures high-quality footage and still images of the interior of the pipe so the tech can inspect it and identify any issues.
  • Video Feed: The video feed from the camera is transmitted in real-time to a monitor or screen. The camera system may even be equipped with advanced features such as a locator or sonar to help pinpoint the precise location of any issues.
  • Report: After the inspection is complete, the technician will provide a detailed report of the findings. This may include recommendations for repairs or maintenance to ensure the continued proper functioning of the sewer line.

How Important Is A Sewer Camera For Inspection?

A sewer camera is vital for getting the most clear picture of what is going on in your sewer line. There are many issues that could be causing your issues and to get it right the first time without having to do any digging or tear up any floors or walls. A camera that can work in these conditions is absolutely necessary and undeniably helpful in saving time, money, and trouble.

Signs You Need A Sewer Inspection     

There are three main times you will be best served by having a sewer inspection. 

The first is if your home is old and hasn’t had any maintenance or repairs done on the sewage system for many decades. A camera inspection can help you monitor the condition of your sewer lines over time. This can help you identify potential problems before they become major issues.

Another time it would be best to have an inspection is if you are having strange symptoms in your yard, or even more alarmingly, you notice foul-smelling leaks or stains in or around your house.

The final example is when you are experiencing repeated plumbing issues that are related to the sewer. The primary types of issues you will see are:

  1. When there is a nasty smell near your drains that doesn’t clear up with cleaning or de-clogging.
  2. When toilets are stopped up and won’t clear with the usual methods. This is  especially true if one toilet backs up and it causes back ups in other units in the house.
  3. If you notice bubbling when a tub or sink is drained.
  4. When multiple drains in the homes clog repeatedly. 


 A sewer camera inspection can give you peace of mind knowing that your sewer lines are in good condition. This can help you avoid costly repairs and disruptions to your life. Call us right away to get a free estimate and evaluation of your situation from your friendly neighborhood plumber. If you are in the East Valley area give us a call at 480-388-6093 for peace of mind.