There are many factors that could have contributed to your sewer line clog. There could be an object or debris blocking the flow, or your pipes could be deteriorating from age. It’s important to provide an accurate diagnosis in order to carry out the best method of repair. A video sewer line inspection uses a closed circuit television camera on the end of a cable to inspect the inside of your pipes. This technique is so accurate that we can easily pinpoint the exact location of the blockage or damage. We can also use this technique to identify any developing damage. Think this service is for you? Contact American Mechanical—we serve residents throughout Virginia Beach and surrounding areas.
What are the Benefits of Video Sewer Line Inspection?
Homeowners are often concerned that sewer line repairs will require huge areas of their yard to be dug up just to find a broken pipe or blocked area. With video pipe inspection, you won’t have to worry about this. Only a small access area is required for the entry point during repairs.
There are many benefits offered by video sewer line inspection. Here are examples of a few:
- The exact location of the problem can be pinpointed as well as the cause
- Time and money are saved by the homeowner and the plumbing company
- Only the specific area over the actual problem needs to be dug up
A video inspection will help us determine the best solution to the problem. A high-pressure flush or an auger may remove the blockage, or more extensive repairs may be needed. In some cases, the pipes may need to be completely replaced.
What Causes Sewer Line Clogs?
Tree roots are the most common sewer line problem. They can penetrate concrete and PVC pipes, but older clay pipes are the easiest. Warm air in the pipes pushes out water vapor that attracts the tree roots. Once they find a tiny crack, they work their way in and can grow and eventually choke the normal water flow.
Foreign objects that should never be flushed down a toilet can also cause a blockage. Disposable diapers, small articles of clothing, wash cloths, baby wipes, and a huge amount of paper products can all become lodged in the pipe and create a blockage.
Broken pipes are another reason sewer lines get clogged. Old pipes may crack and break down or collapse. Improperly installed pipes may develop a loose connection between segments, allowing debris to enter the pipes. Extreme temperature changes, such as freeze and thaw cycles, can also affect the integrity of the pipe connections.