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When to Schedule a Video Inspection for Your Drain


Did you know that it’s not just spies in the movies using tiny cameras on long lines these days? Plumbers are doing it, too! You might hear it referred to as video pipe inspection or video drain inspection. We can even take a look as far down as the sewer line that carries all your wastewater away from your home.

Why do people need their drains inspected with video cameras? What circumstances would indicate that you should have it done?

Here are some details on how to know if video drain inspection is just the thing your plumbing needs.

When You’re Buying a House

While putting a video camera down the drains may not be included in the typical inspection for purchasing a new home, it’s definitely a good idea. It can save you a lot of time, money, and stress in the future to know exactly what sort of plumbing situation you’ll be dealing with if you decide to buy the house. It may even affect how much you choose to offer or what you’ll end up paying for the house.

When Your House Is Old

If the plumbing in your home measures its age in multiple decades, you probably have no idea what’s going on in there. Corrosion, degraded pipes, worn fittings, places where cracks are starting to develop, and even outdated or potentially unsafe plumbing materials could be lurking in your home. It would be much better to find out before a serious problem develops. And once you have clarity on the situation, you can make a plan to address any issues, rather than having to call for emergency plumbing on a holiday or a weekend.

When You Need to Find a Leak

Sometimes, a leaking drain pipe in your home makes its location known very easily, by spraying water into the house! Other times, a slow leak may be harder to pinpoint. To limit the amount of work that needs to be done in your home, pulling out drywall or floorboards, the exact location of a leak can be determined via video camera.

When You Struggle With Clogs

Is that darn kitchen sink clogged again? Doesn’t it do that about once a month? When you loosen a clog with a sink plunger or drain snake, the sink starts to allow water down again. But the buildup that keeps allowing clogs to happen is still there. When a plumber can see the exact location and extent of the issue, a better plan can be made to prevent this from happening again.

When You Suspect Sewer Pipe Problems

There are some key signs that your problem has to do with the sewer pipe that leads away from your home and not the drain pipes within your home. Keep an eye out for these, and if you spot them, get video pipe inspection in Sterling, VA right away, because leaking sewage or sewer gasses can cause major health hazards.

  • Multiple clogged drains
  • Foul odors from multiple drains
  • Very slow drains
  • Smelly puddles in the yard
  • Sunken areas in the yard
  • Areas of particularly lush, green grass

If you recognized yourself or your home in any of these scenarios, we’d be delighted to give your drains the help they need.

AllTech Services, Inc. is your trusted resource for video drain inspection and all other plumbing needs. Contact us today!

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