Is a Sewer Inspection Necessary?

A Plumber Connects a Sewer Camera.

What does a sewer inspection consist of 

While a sewer inspection is not pretty, it’s a necessary part of plumbing maintenance. Most issues with sewer lines are not obvious, until you suddenly find your bathroom or other areas of your home flooded with raw sewage back-up. When you get a sewer inspection, a qualified plumber can search for major problems like clogs, tree roots, collapsed lines, cracks, or leaks. With a sewer inspection, you get an overall picture of your sewer’s condition. These inspections are most often provided when people are buying a new home, but recommended if you’ve had problems like clogs with your sewer.

In the past a sewer inspection may have required the plumber to dig up lines or crawl under the home, and do a lot of guesswork. Today, with sewer camera inspections, the plumber and homeowner get an accurate look through all the whole sewer line. With this type of inspection, the plumber sends a camera attached to a flexible rod through the line, while watching the results on an HD monitor. This camera gives the plumber the clearest view of the sewer system available. The camera is the primary sewer inspection equipment used by plumbers.

If you are buying a home, or have problems with your sewer line, call SAL Plumbing and Rooter Inc. for an expert sewer camera inspection in Sherman Oaks, CA. To schedule your inspection, call 818-574-8522.

Sewer line inspections are as important as HVAC maintenance when it comes to maintaining your home and ensuring all systems are working properly. 

What is a sewer scope inspection?

A sewer scope inspection is the same thing as a sewer camera inspection or sewer line inspection.

How much is a sewer line inspection?

Sewer line inspections on average cost between $250 and $500. The costs will vary depending on the length of the pipes and whether or not other work such as a sewer inspection and cleaning is done as well. Sewer cleaning involves sending blasts of high pressure water down the line to clean it, a technique known as hydrojetting. Other work may include repairs to leaks or clog clearing services, or even replacing damaged pipes. It may require excavation of lines or removal of tree roots, one of the leading causes of back-ups.

Call 818-574-8522 to request an estimate on our sewer line inspection services. We offer the most affordable rates in the Sherman Oaks, CA area.

How do I know if there are roots in my sewer line?

You should be concerned about tree roots in your sewer line if you have trees growing near the line. Tree roots are the primary cause of back-ups because they can get into the lines and cause them to collapse. As with other clogs, with tree roots in the line, you may notice that your drains are slower, or your toilets may stop flushing as well as normal. While unpleasant odors coming from your drains and toilets may be caused by grime and soap scum in your pipes, it’s also possible sewage is not draining properly because of a blockage.

Trees roots aren’t the only objects plumbers find causing trouble for your sewer line. Here are some other things a sewer inspection can find in your sewer line: 

  • Blockages caused by other materials
  • Mud and sediment
  • Broken pipes
  • The type of pipe used in the line
  • Systems connections like fittings and tees 

What does a septic inspection consist of?

If you manage your waste with a septic system, it’s recommended that you have a septic inspection at least once a year. If you get a full system inspection, the inspection involves not only a visual inspection of the full tank, but an inspection of the tank after it is pumped.

With a full septic inspection, the liquid levels are checked first to see if the tank is leaking or if it is too full. If the level is normal, then water is sent through the system to ensure it is flowing from the house to the tank and then to the absorption area. Following this, the tank will be pumped to check for backflow from the absorption area. The flow is checked again to make sure there are no blockages in the plumbing or sewer line. Some inspections will use a camera to examine the system. Inspections may also include a dye test, in which dye is added to the plumbing to track the flow of waste.

How long does it take to do a septic inspection?

Generally, a septic inspection will take anywhere between 45 minutes to 3 hours. Much of this will depend on the complexity of the system, as well as the findings the inspector makes. A written report is usually received by the end of the next business day.

Tree Roots in a Drain Pipe.

Sewer inspection companies

While there are plenty of companies offering sewer inspection in the area, when you want a thorough sewer inspection in Sherman Oaks, CA, you can rely on the expert services from SAL Plumbing and Rooter Inc.. Call us today at 818-574-8522 to schedule an appointment.