If your sewer line pipe has a clog or leak, one of the first things a professional plumber will suggest is a drain camera inspection.
A drain camera inspection typically costs around $100, but it’s worth every dollar because it offers the following benefits:
- It can considerably reduce the overall cost of a pipe repair by a proper diagnosis
- It can greatly reduce damage to your property from trenching
- It can reveal existing problems before a costly collapse of the sewer occurs.
- It provides proof of pipe condition
- It can locate lost valuables
Let’s take a closer look at these benefits of using a camera for drain and sewer inspections.
Reduces the overall cost of a pipe repair
The main benefit of getting a drain camera inspection is that it can reduce the overall cost of a pipe repair.
For example, let’s say you have a clog in your sewer line. A camera inspection will tell the plumber exactly the clog's location and what caused it. This information helps the plumber to remove the clog successfully. Ultimately, this reduces the time needed to do the job, which significantly lowers the repair cost.
Spares your property from trenching
Back in the day, the only way for a plumber to find the exact location of a leak was to dig up (“trench”) the yard. Not only was this method time-consuming and messy, but it was also costly. Restoring a trenched yard can raise the cost of a repair by thousands of dollars.
Thankfully, the technology now exists where a plumber can simply snake a camera into the sewer pipe to find leaks and clogs without disturbing your home. For that reason alone, a drain camera inspection is worth the cost if you’re dealing with a significant pipe issue.
Reveals existing problems
During a drain camera inspection, the plumber can catch potential problems such as clogs or leaks before they become a major hassle. If they notice a potential problem, the plumber can either correct it immediately or recommend preventative measures to stop the problem from getting worse. Prevention saves you money and spares you the headache of dealing with a significant plumbing issue down the road.
Provides proof of pipe condition
If you’re buying a house, one of the best things you can do is hire a plumber to perform a drain camera inspection, allowing you to see the condition of the pipes first-hand. You'll avoid being blindsided by any serious unknown pipe issues and be aware of any potential problems.
Locates lost valuables
Wondering where that lost piece of jewelry went? If it fell down the drain, there’s a slight chance it’s lodged somewhere in the pipes. If the jewelry hasn’t already washed away, the plumber may be able to locate it via a drain camera and retrieve it.
Need a drain camera inspection? Contact Thornton & Grooms
We offer a thorough camera inspection for only $99. Our state-of-the-art drain cameras can find even the deepest clogs or leaks in your sewer line, and our trained plumbers can quickly handle any necessary pipe repairs.