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All residential and commercial property has a sewer pipeline that connects to the city. While the main sewer line is the city’s responsibility, the pipes that connect to the main line are yours. So all maintenance and repairs are your responsibility. To avoid future complications, you should consider investing in preventive care, and knowing how your sewer lines are doing is the first step. That is why a sewer camera inspection can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Sewer pipes are so strong, that even if they’re in not so great shape they will appear to work normally. But that is the problem. You won’t notice any problem until it’s too late. That is why we want to talk about some of the most common problems that a sewer camera inspection will reveal.
Root intrusion is a common problem with underground pipes. Roots naturally look for water and nutrients to extend their reach. As pipelines get old, the roots find their way through the pipe joints.
Have you ever seen those small plants that grow between concrete edges? That is exactly what a root does inside your pipes. Plants do not need much to survive. The difference is that you will not see or notice the roots inside your pipe until they are blocked.
Not throwing grease down the drain should be common knowledge, unfortunately, people still do it. The problem is that grease combines with other chemicals and forms a paste that blocks the pipes. This is such a serious problem that a report found that fat and oil blockages caused 47% of all sewer overflows that happen annually in the U.S. You might think that a little bit of bacon fat won’t matter. The problem is that everyone else is thinking the same thing.You should never throw fat, grease or oils down your drains. That includes butter, lard, grease, fat, and leftovers. If it’s oily, it goes in the trash.
Sewer pipes should carry only water or materials that dissolve with water. That is why toilet paper is fine to go in the sewer because it dissolves in water after a while. But things like baby wipes, paper towels, diapers, medications, to name a few, will surely clog your sewer lines. While this may sound like common sense, you would be amazed at a number of things our plumbing camera explorations have revealed over the years.
A camera inspection made on time can save you thousands of dollars in future repairs. Even if you have any of the problems described in this article, if you catch them early you will have more options to fix the problem.
A sewer camera inspection will reveal the state of your plumbing system, so you can make better decisions for your property and your wallet. Camera inspections are easy to implement, they are affordable and give accurate results. Contact us to set up a visit.