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What to Understand About Sewer and Drain Inspection

What to Understand About Sewer and Drain Inspection

Sewer and drain are an important aspect of a building’s plumbing system. It offers a safe channel for the disposal of waste from home. It may be wastewater from sinks, bathrooms, cooking, other activities, or human waste from the toilet. The wastewater goes through the drainage down to the sewer line. You may not be aware of this, but you must frequently inspect your drains and sewer lines for maintenance sake.

Importance of Inspecting Sewers and Drains

Sewers and drain lines can get blocked or damaged at the same time. Only a proper inspection can help to know the status of your pipes. These pipes are important to the property’s maintenance. Any damaged line can lead to interference between your ability to make use of the sewer line. It can also cause huge damage to your home. For instance, a blocked drain can lead to wastewater flowing back into the home. This will trigger a stinky mess, unhealthy and could cause water damage. Frequent inspection of the lines will enable the homeowner to know any upcoming issue before it becomes a big problem.  

Different Drain and Sewer Inspection Methodologies

Different techniques are used for inspection of sewer lines and drain. Some methods are advanced, while some are local. Some inspectors would stick a snake-like rod through the pipe to make sure it is free. This can only help detect a clog, but can’t check for leaks or cracks. Leaks and cracks are only common in pipes outside the building. Pipes are safe when the ground is free from tree roots and other kinds of objects that could easily pierce through it.

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Which Inspection Method Is Best for Sewer and Drain 

 The best inspection method to use for a sewer line or drainage is the video inspection method. In this method, a camera will be attached to the end of a rod and be inserted into the drain. The inspector or plumber around you will be able to see the interior of the entire pipe. A larger part of the pipe may be hidden in the walls or underground, so it is vital to see inside using a video camera. When damage is discovered, it can be easily tracked and repaired immediately.

Best Time to Schedule A Sewer and Drain Inspection

How many inspections should a homeowner schedule for within a year? This is the main question. Inspection on your drain and sewer should be done just once per year. This is enough to keep your home in a safe condition and get to diagnose any fault with your drain and sewer lines before it becomes a disaster. 


Notwithstanding, it is also good to call for inspection immediately. You detect that something is wrong with your system. Your bathroom or toilet may seem to be working slowly, or you may be worried about having a clog in the sewer. Call on your plumber to check it out before it gets out of control.

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