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Residential_Video_Sewer_Inspection_step-by-step_guide.jpgOne of the last things a homeowner wants to deal with is an increased water bill associated with broken or leaky sewage pipes. Clogged pipes do not usually make a homeowner jump for joy, either.

Problems with residential sewage pipes can be detected with a video sewer inspection.

Residential video sewer Inspections are one of the most effective ways to pin-point the extent of damage to pipes and duress the pipes are in; these types of inspections can also help you determine the best repairing solution.

Residential video sewer inspections tend to alleviate homeowner stress associated with damaged pipes by allowing them to know exactly what the problem is. Using this technique also has the preventative potential to save you thousands of dollars, between the costs of repairing materials and labor.

Sewer video inspections are able to do do this because they evaluate the various possible factors that cause sewer problems, such as:

  • Protruding lateral pipe
  • Root obstruction
  • Collapsed pipe and infiltration
  • Recessed taps

Three Simple Steps

Since video sewer inspection is almost always the first action taken in sewer line repair, it is a good idea to know about how this simple process proves immensely beneficial. Below are the three simple steps that Express Sewer & Drain uses to conduct residential video sewer inspections.

Step 1: Create an Entry Point

In order to insert the video inspection camera, plumbing technicians first need to create an access point for the camera; therefore, the first step in residential video sewer inspection is to create a small hole near where the pipe that needs to be inspected is located

This will not require an oversized, gargantuan hole in your lawn or wherever the pipe is located; generally, the digging is minimal, leaving a small enough hole for the video camera to be effortlessly inserted into the pipe.

Step 2: Insert Camera

The second step in Express Sewer & Drain’s video sewer inspection is to insert precision video cameras into the exposed pipeline. The precision video camera is not like a camcorder that records treasured moments in time; rather, this video camera is small and at the end of a flexible cable-like tubing.

The camera itself is inserted into the pipeline and sends live imagery to a monitor/CCTV van at the other end. This part of the process is analogous to surgeons performing endoscopies on their patients.

Step 3: Examine & Evaluate the Pipe

The final step in the video sewer inspection is to examine and evaluate the pipe. Examining the pipe is done throughout the video cameras journey through the pipeline.

During this step, the experts at Express are seeing whether your pipes are actually broken, such as via cracks or fissures, or whether your pipes are experiencing some obstruction, such as hair, grease or root intrusion. Once we have examined the extent of the pipeline, we evaluate what the best solution would be to repair it.

Who Ya Gonna Call…

If you are a homeowner and experiencing plumbing troubles or just want to take precautions with your old pipes, call an expert at

Express Sewer & Drain to learn how they can help give you peace of mind on all things plumbing.

Free Video Drain Inspection

Topics: Plumbing in Sacramento, Trenchless Technology, Home Plumbing