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Sewer Camera Inspection: What It Can and Can’t Do

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Sewer camera inspections have steadily become an essential part of sewer line repair in Stow, OH. Unlike the old times when identifying pipe issues often involved much guesswork and excavation, modern technology has allowed for a more accurate, non-invasive (and more sophisticated) method of closer examination. But while camera inspections do provide invaluable insight, there still are certain limitations to what they can achieve. To help you better understand, C. Lee Services discusses a checklist of just what this process can and cannot do for you.

Detect blockages? Yes.

Several things can cause an obstruction in your sewer line – buildup of minerals, hair, soap residue, mud, tree roots, the list goes on. A sewer camera inspection features high-resolution, waterproof cameras that can reach deep into the pipes, sending back real-time footage that the technicians can view on a monitor. This makes it easier to determine what needs to be addressed and what cleaning or sewer pipe line repair approach would be best suited for it.

Locate broken or collapsed pipes? Yes.

These forms of pipe damage will likely require sewer line replacement. The camera inspection covers the entire length of the pipeline, so it will reveal any sections suffering from rupture or breakage. Sewer camera inspections prove to be a smarter, more efficient way of finding such problems, rather than physically digging up the whole system to check every pipe manually.

Aid in identifying pipe material? Yes.

Understandably, homeowners would often have no idea of the pipes used in their sewer system. But this is actually important information that can affect maintenance, repairs, or even new sewer installation. A sewer camera inspection will help the technicians know what material your pipes are made of, from newer PVC pipes to older clay or cast iron ones.

Detect leaks? No.

Contrary to popular belief, sewer camera inspections cannot pinpoint leaks. Think of it this way: When trying to find leakage on an exposed pipe in your home, you usually check if water is visibly dripping or coming out from a certain area. During a camera inspection, you have to remember that the equipment is inside the pipe – which means it would be challenging for your technicians to locate where the actual leak is coming from.

C. Lee Services’ comprehensive sewer repair services include camera inspections that make the entire process smoother and more efficient. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Do I Have to Be Home? We typically request that our customers, or an adult at the very least are home to grant us access to the pipes as needed, but they do not need to be home for the entirety of our visit on their property while repairs are being finished.

Will I Need To Move Furniture? Normally we won’t require our customers to move furniture or household items, but if there are a lot of items blocking access to the pipes, we will need to move some of them out of the way.

How Long Will You Need To Fix My Pipes? The time needed to finish our work is will be defined based on the damage we find in the pipes, and repairs can be as short as a few hours or a couple of days depending on what is required of our team.

When Do I Pay For Your Services? Customers will pay us for our repair and cleaning services after we finish our work on their property. In addition, we offer options for financing as needed.

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