Plumber performs sewer camera inspection

What Should I Expect During A Sewer Camera Inspection?

When it comes to hygiene, sewer lines are one of the most essential systems in our home since they carry out all of the waste from our toilets, tubs, and sinks to the main sewer under the street in front of your home. Unfortunately, because our sewer line isn't visible, we often don't see the full extent of problems in the line. Thankfully, sewer camera inspections give us a glimpse inside the pipes to see we usually couldn't.

What is a Sewer Camera Inspection

A sewer camera inspection is a method plumbers use to see what, if any, problems exist in your sewer line.

The camera, which sits at the end of a flexible pole, is sent through the pipes and produces a video feed as it passes through. The camera's signal is relayed back to a monitor so that the technician can see what is going on.

How it Differs From a Routine Inspection

While a well-trained and experienced professional can effectively investigate and diagnose many plumbing issues, all they're doing is using their know-how to make an educated guess. While this may work for some problems, it's easy for many instances like sewer line issues to go unnoticed, eventually leading to breakdowns and expensive repairs.

Camera inspections allow us to capture footage of the entire length of the pipe and go places the human eye can't reach. This provides clear video evidence of what is actually going on with your plumbing so that a technician can formulate a proper solution.

The cameras also utilize an internal radio transmitter which tells the plumber the depth of the pipe and where in the sewer line the issue is located.

When Do you Need a Sewer Camera Inspection

Older Homes

Houses over 20 years old are prone to tree root invasion and may have Orangeburg pipes, which are not up to code. If you're looking to close on or renovate one of these older homes, it's best to have a sewer camera inspection done to make sure everything looks ok.

Potential Sewer Backup

Another reason for a camera inspection is if you're experiencing signs of a potential sewer backup. By catching and acting on these signs early, you can prevent your issues from cascading into a bigger problem.

Signs of a potential backup include:

  • Toilets are unable to flush or plunge

  • Home has multiple clogged drains

  • Foul-smelling odors are coming from drains

  • Drains or toilets are bubbling

  • Sewage spewing out of the cleanout pipe


You may also want to get a sewer camera inspection if you have:

  • Clogs that won't go away

  • A plumbing pipe that has collapsed

  • A toy or object was accidentally flushed down the toilet


While these situations don't necessitate a camera inspection, it can be helpful to have one done.

What to Expect During the Inspection

When the technician comes to perform the sewer inspection, they will look for a point of access that allows them to lower the camera into the sewer. Most often, the entry point of choice will be a cleanout pipe. If there is no available cleanout, they'll need to discover another way in.

Any blockages in the sewer line must first be cleared, or the camera will be unable to get any usable images. Once the plumber believes there is nothing blocking the view in the sewer line, they'll send the camera down into the mainline of the sewer. Then, the technician can start inspecting the entire plumbing line.

Get Your Sewer Camera Inspection Today!

If you're worried about the state of your home's sewer line, call (323) 902-3098 to schedule a sewer camera inspection with the expert team at Rooter & Plumbing Masters.