Before digital cameras were used, it could be difficult for plumbers to be able to identify the source of a blockage problem, resulting in an endless cycle of guessing and deliberating on the best course of action. In some cases, pipes would have to be taken apart in order to locate the issue, which would be time-consuming, costly, and a major inconvenience for those living in residential properties. Now with the help of cameras, professionals are able to see directly where blockages are coming from and take the best course of action, without having to dismantle the pipes themselves.
As we already mentioned, not all drain unblocking methods are safe for all pipes; fragile, old, damaged or weakened pipes could end up becoming damaged further if subject to invasive clearing methods, such as hydro jetting. Similarly, if using a drain snake, it’s important to know exactly where the blockage is located; this can help to prevent any perforations in the pipe that can occur if plumbers are playing a guessing game when it comes to a blockage. By using cameras to determine the condition of the pipes as well as the location of the blockage, the risk of unintended pipe damage is considerably lower.
Signs you need a drain camera inspection
So, how can you determine whether or not a camera inspection could be beneficial for your plumbing system? Here’s what to look out for:
Slow draining pipes
If you’ve been noticing slow drains in your sinks or showers, then chances are there may be a blockage somewhere in your system. If a plunger and drain snake have been unable to unblock the pipe, then it might be time to call in the professionals for an inspection with a camera.
Hearing your pipes gurgling is often a sign of air trapped in the system, which could be caused by tree roots invading sewer pipes or blockages, or other common blockages, such as a build up of grease or fat. A drain camera can help detect where the problems are and allow plumbers to take the appropriate action.
If you’ve been noticing strange odours coming from your drains but not sure which one in your plumbing system is causing the problem, this could be a sign of a blockage, meaning that your plumbing system isn’t able to evacuate dirt water correctly. In such cases, it’s usually best to call in the experts for an inspection – chances are that a camera will be able to locate where the blockage is coming from.