Sewer cameras, also called video pipe inspection systems, offer many benefits for both plumbers and property owners. The cameras help reduce the need to dig up and open pipes, can quickly diagnose problems, and help spot problems that prevent future damage to pipes. The Home Depot looks at how these nifty little cameras are used.
Although plumbers offer sewer camera repair for pipes, cameras can also be rented from places like The Home Depot. Be sure to use proper safety equipment like work gloves and safety glasses when using the sewer camera.
Avoid wearing clothing that could get caught in the equipment. Clean the drain lines with a water jet or drain cleaning machine.
The camera is gently pushed down the drain. Do not force it around corners. Watch the video screen to see if the camera spots an obstruction. If one is seen, do not try to force the camera past it. Bring the camera back up. Many sewer video cameras come with a recording feature, so you can show your plumber just where the obstruction, like a tree root, is. Plumbers can also look at the whole video to check for hairline cracks, sagging pipes, or other early signs of damage to the pipes.