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Residential Sewer Inspection

Updated on May 28, 2010
Sewer Video Ispection
Sewer Video Ispection
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Sewer Camera

Inspecting Sewer Line

Reasons For Inspecting Sewer Lines:

It doesn't matter if you own or rent your home, inspecting your home sewer line should be a priority in your list, why? Let me give you a few reasons.

Have you ever had a sewer backup in your home? Did your home incur any damage in result of it? Did you like the sewer smell and contamination throughout the affected areas? How much did you spend to repair the damages? How did you feel about not being able to use your toilet, the shower or the sinks?

The above questions are just a few of many questions that I would ask myself to help me determine of why I should consider inspecting my home's sewer line. And if I were you, I would do the same, specially, if the sewer of your home has never been inspected before.

In fact, sewer inspection should be done in homes of old ages and, if you're planning to buy a home, such inspection will extremely important. Why? Because, this simple procedure could save you thousands of dollars and, I mean, $10,000, $15,000 or even, $20,000.

Also, dealing with a sewer backup is one of the most disgusting experiences that one could ever have in his or her life.

If you have a sewer flood, depending on the gravity of it, the damage could be very costly, in fact, you could spend anywhere from several hundreds of dollars to several thousands of dollars.

Why Sewer Flood Can Be Expensive?

Well, let's begin by explaining one thing, sewer water is one of the filthiest water that you can come in contact with, in fact, you don't want touch sewer water with your bare hands, why?

Sewer water is extremely contaminated with all kinds of germs and bacteries, moreover, everything touched by sewage is considered a waste and, therefore, it must be disposed and replaced.

Sewage water should treated only by professionals, professional will have the right equipment and products to disinfect polluted water and, they are the only ones who meet the health and safety requirements.

Other Reasons To Inspect Sewer Drainage:

Most sewer lines in order to meet the current plumbing codes must have a minimum measurement of 3" or 4" in diameter, so, this means that, in order for a sewer clog to happen, the main line must have a major blockage in it and, this means that, something is wrong with your plumbing system.

So, if you want to have other reasons to inspect your home sewer line, here are a list of the main reasons for you to think about.

1 - A sewer line inspection cost around $400.00

2 - A preventive maintenance for the same system will cost around $380.00 to $580.00 depending of the access available.

3 - The average cost for a flood clean up might cost you anywhere from hundreds up to thousands of dollars.

4 - Sewage contamination is harmful to your pocket but, it is even more harmful to your health.

5 - Sewer line inspection can prevent a possible flood from occurring and , therefore, can save you thousands of dollars from a possible flood.

6 - Sewer line inspection will help you understand the current condition of the drain, therefore, giving you time to perform a proper maintenance and, therefore, it will help you financially plan to do so.

7 - Through a sewer inspection, you will clearly show whether the line needs urgent attention or at least, the inspection will give you peace of mind if the line is in good condition.

So, as you might have noticed, sewer line camera inspection is vital and, therefore, it should be done every couple of years if everything looks good, however, if during the first inspection it noticed that the line has began to shift in the joints, roots are invading the line of the line has lost the proper grading, than, I would make the sewer inspection more often, but to determine that, a professional advice would be important how often should be done.

Why should you do that?

Well, sewer lines are located underground and, depending where you live, the deepness of the pipe will vary anywhere from 1 to 15 feet deep or, even more.

So, since that sewer lines are underground and the ground is constantly moving, chances are that the pipe will also move, the joint can brake or shift, the pipe can collapse completely or lose grade and roots can also ground deep into the ground and inside the pipe to case further problems to your sewer line.

Once,  the sewer line hits any of the above possible stage, it is likely that, your sewer system will need to be repaired or replace, however, without inspecting the system, you won't find out, unless, of course, if you have unhapiness of having a sewer backup in your home.

Once the sewer line gets in bad shape, the problem will get worse and worse and, this can happen very quickly or might take a while but , it will happen. Why? Because the piping joints will get weaker and weaker and, ultimately, the pipe will no longer hold itself in place.

Inspecting a sewer line before backs up or collapsing, give you peace of mind if you find out that everything is ok or, it warns you if there's something wrong and needs attention, this also, allow you to have options if a repair is needed, also, it might give you time to prepare yourself financially to address the problem as soon as you can.

Also, if after inspecting the sewer line, it is determined that the line has minor problems, this also means that, you might have different options in how to repair it, which also means that you might be able to save a lot of money by just being proactive in checking the line.

In conclusion, I hope that this article will help some of you out there, please, live me your comments, suggestions and opinions.

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