What is a Sewer Camera Inspection?

A sewer camera inspection is when a specialized fiberoptic camera is put down the sewer line to inspect the interior of the sewer line.  This specialized camera has a long fiberoptic cable with a specialized camera head on the end that digitally connects to a monitor for a live feed of the sewer line.  The sewer camera is sent down an access point within the main sewer line called a cleanout.  These ground access points are used to access the sewer line for inspection equipment, jetting equipment, and drain cleaning equipment.  A sewer camera inspection will allow the technician to diagnose any issues with the sewer line as well as locate any issues with the line with the transmitter that is inside the camera head.  This transmitter sends a frequency to a specialized locator that then tells the exact location of the problem as well as the depth of the problem.

Are you buying a home?

Purchasing a home can be a very exciting and terrifying experience.  It is common to have a home inspection during the buying process to ensure that the home you’re considering is in good condition and a great home inspector will thoroughly check as many things as they can see, but they can’t see inside your sewer line.  When purchasing a home many buyers and real estate agents think of the big repairs like air conditioning and roof repairs, they even look at the water heater but what is often missed is what’s beneath our feet.  Sewer repairs and replacements can be one of the more expensive repairs a home can have.  It has been our experience that many homes go up for sale because of major sewer repairs and too often these repairs are not disclosed in the buying process.  If a home needs new sewer lines under the foundation and a trenchless repair isn’t an option this can mean a major remodel that you weren’t ready or prepared for.  We are passionate about empowering buyers to know what’s below before they purchase so they can buy prepared and with confidence.  We are so passionate about this mission that we have a special realtor program for our camera inspections and it has become a specialty of ours.

During a real estate camera inspection, we typically try to schedule these while the home inspector is there to make it as convenient for everyone involved as possible.  We run the sewer camera equipment through the access point for the sewer line and provide a digital link to the video that is made during the process.  If we find problems with the sewer line we document that in the video and on the report provided.  We also locate the issues if there are any as part of our real estate camera package so no worries about hidden video fees or locating fees as is often customary with other companies that perform sewer line inspections.  If we do find any problems with the sewer line, along with the report you and your realtor will be provided with an estimate for the recommended repairs so that you and your realtor have a documented estimate with a report from a licensed, bonded, insured and reputable plumbing company to negotiate with the seller.

Are you updating your landscaping or planting any trees or large shrubs?

One of the most common causes of sewer line issues in the Phoenix area is roots and collapsed lines from tree, cactus and shrub roots.  In the Phoenix area, we love to plant trees to shade our homes from the intense sun but planting without knowing where your sewer lines are can be a costly mistake.  Nature is amazing until it breaks into your sewer line and causes a stoppage or a flood.  The dessert doesn’t provide a lot of rain for our trees and shrubs and trees will travel deep and far to find water sources.  We’ve seen tree roots hunt down sewer lines and break them to get to the water source, in fact, it is not uncommon for us to find tree roots having traveled under the slab of a house and growing into the toilet to find water.  It seems like magic and if we hadn’t seen it thousands of times with our own eyes we wouldn’t believe it but recent research backs the magic of tree roots.

“Until now, it wasn’t clear how plant roots located their water sources when no moisture is in the soil—for example, they will bust through sealed pipes to access the water flowing through them.”

“Their study suggests that soundproofing pipes may protect them from the threat of a tree root invasion, as long as no leaks reveal the water source either.”

Tree roots will find water sources, such as your fertile sewer line and make a home in them whether they are cracked or not, that is why it is so important to know where your sewer line is before planting thirsty landscaping like trees, shrubs, cactus, and bogan via.

Is remodeling or replacing your floors on the agenda?

If you’re planning to remodel your home or replace your flooring, especially with wood or tile I would strongly consider having the sewer lines under your home inspected first.  Just like we talked about with knowing what the sewer lines look like before you buy a home because it could mean a costly remodel that you’re not prepared for, I’m willing to bet that remodeling or replacing your floors twice doesn’t sound appealing to you.  If you’re going to remodel your home or replace your flooring this is an opportune time to make sure that the sewer lines below your home are in great condition so you don’t risk having to replace your sewer lines and open your floors after all of the hard work and expense of a remodel or new floors.

Putting in a New Pool?

If you’re putting in a new pool because living in the Phoenix heat means we deserve a pool you’ll want to locate your sewer lines before you have the pool company start digging, this is especially true if your home has an alleyway or you know that your sewer line runs through your backyard.  Many homes in certain parts of the Phoenix area have sewer lines that run through there backyards and we’ve seen many sewer lines get broken into during the excavation process of putting in a new pool.  We highly recommend unless you know with 100% certainty that your sewer line runs through your front yard, locating your sewer line before you have a pool installed.  It is better to be safe than sorry and this also gives you the opportunity as a worst-case scenario to get a visual inspection of your sewer line to ensure that it is in good condition and to be proactive if there are any signs of issues that can be taken care of while they are small.

Do you have chronic stoppages that are a mystery to you?

Stoppages are not a normal regular occurrence and left unchecked can cause property damage. A sewer line that is in good condition should never have stoppages unless they are abused in some way with foreign material.  Often continued stoppages are an indication of a larger problem, such as breaks in the drain line, roots in the line, grease, and sludge buildup, or even sags and bellies in the pipe. Our state of the art sewer line locating services and experienced technicians will get to the bottom of your stoppage issues, diagnose accurately what the problem is and educate you so that you can make an informed decision on the solution to resolve the problem.  Whether you need jetting services to clear out years of buildup and grease, you have roots in your line or you need a trenchless solution because your cast iron lines are in bad shape our team can solve your sewer issues and get your life back to normal as quickly and painlessly as possible. 

When you need a professional plumbing company in Phoenix, you can trust Robins Plumbing, Inc to provide you with professional and prompt services. We specialize in sewer camera inspection and locating to help homeowners and business owners remedy stoppages before they can cause real damage. This is a service you may want to consider if you plan on digging a new pool in your backyard. We also specialize in residential and commercial plumbing services, drain cleaning, backflow prevention, faucet repair and replacement, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about our Phoenix plumbing company, or you have questions about home water treatment services, contact our team today.