There are times when a plumber may suggest a video inspection of your pipes. Since this can cost between $99-$300, you may wonder if a video inspection is really necessary and whether it would be better to find a plumber who will simply start mechanical methods for removing clogs or fixing other problems without an inspection. A video inspection is not necessary for everyday clogs. However, there are definitely times when a video inspection can decrease the cost of your plumbing repairs and make sure that you do not need additional work done. In the following cases, a video inspection will likely be necessary and helpful.
A Plumber Is Unable to Determine the Cause of a Clog
In many cases, a plumber can determine the cause of a clog based on the location of the clog, the primary uses of the drains leading up to the clog, and the resistance the clog gives when poked with a snaking tool. However, there are instances when a plumber is unable to determine the nature of your clog. For example, a plumber may not know if your clog is caused by grease build-up, debris build-up, or tree roots, all of which use different removal methods. If a plumber uses a camera to visually inspect the clog, they will be more likely to figure out what is causing the clog and determine the most efficient means of removal so you do not have to pay for multiple removal methods.
You Want to Get More Precise Quotes from Plumbers
Most plumbers will not be able to give you an estimate for their service before they inspect your pipes, which carries a fee of its own. By paying one plumber to complete and record a video inspection of your pipes, you can secure more exact quotes from other plumbers without calling each one to your home for an inspection. This can allow you to get the best price for your plumbing services.
Before you use a video inspection for this purpose, it is important to make it clear to the plumber conducting the inspection that you would like an immediate copy of the video inspection. This may slightly increase the cost of the inspection.
You Have Extensive Damage and May Need to Excavate and Replace Pipes
If you have extensive root damage in old, clay pipes, it is possible that you will have to replace a section of your pipes. However, you can usually get away with replacing only the collapsed section of clay pipe and not all of your pipe. By using video inspection methods, you will be able to determine exactly where the problem begins and replace the smallest amount of pipe necessary. This can mean less excavation of your yard and a cost reduction for the pipe replacement.
You Are Considering Buying an Old House With Questionable Plumbing
An old home may seem like it has sufficient plumbing while actually having several problems that have not quite escalated to the point where they are noticeable without a video inspection. For example, an older home might have root issues in the sewer line and damaged or nearly clogged pipes. A thorough video inspection will let you know the exact status of your plumbing system so you can anticipate the cost of repairs and make an informed decision before you purchase a property.
Similarly, if you are considering adding another bathroom to your home, you may want to inspect your pipes to make sure they can handle the extra stress.
You Have Lost an Important Item Down Your Drain
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to lose important items down a drain. From wedding or engagement rings that slip off while you are in the bathroom to important items that your toddler flushes down the toilet, you may lose an item down a drain at some point. If this happens, a video inspection can tell you whether the item is still in your system and help a plumber retrieve it for you. It can relay the exact location of the item via a transmitter, making it easier to extract. It can also let you know if you need to contact the local water treatment plant if the item is no longer on your property.
Talk directly with sewer cleaning and plumbing services to learn more information.