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Reasons to Use a Drain Inspection Camera


Now and then, a plumber has to reach for the drain inspection camera. There are few things more intriguing to a human being than being able to go someplace we’re not allowed to go. The sewer line has a big imaginary, “No Admittance’ sign. The plumbing camera gives a clear view all the way down to the city sewer line. The new technology provides HD views of the line all the way down.



A drain line inspection can be necessary for several reasons.  Sometimes, a future homeowner will ask for a drain inspection as a part of a home inspection before they purchase a property. No one wants to belatedly learn that their sewer line on a house they just bought needs replacement.  The plumbing camera will show corrosion, leaks, pipe anomalies, root growth, and clogs.


A clog which keeps coming back

Sometimes, when a homeowner calls a plumbing service multiple times with a clogging problem, the camera is sent down to find out exactly why this keeps recurring. Usually, there is a problem spot such as a crushed pipe, root intrusion, or even an obstruction, but there isn’t an economical method of finding this hidden damage or blockage without the camera. Once a line is cleared, the pipe can be inspected again to make sure the cleanout is completed.

Lost valuables

Sometimes, a homeowner will call because someone’s wedding ring, keys, or other valuables have fallen down the drain. Retrievals are one of the more exciting aspects of using a plumbing camera. There are a few of these available to view on YouTube if you don’t get enough drama from Netflix.



If a homeowner suddenly has an oasis of weeds sprouts in their desert landscape in the middle of summer, there may be a leak. A plumbing camera is a non-invasive way of pinpointing the exact problem and location.  The camera will save time, effort and money.  Using the camera equipment can help a plumber determine the exact location of the problem. When the clock is ticking, this is the fastest, easiest method. Also, people are averse to having a wide swath of their landscaping dug up when there is a faster, cleaner way.

Efficient management of a plumbers time and a clear view of problem areas are the main reasons to use a drain inspection camera. It’s hard to believe how far state-of-the-art plumbing has become, but there are far better things for a homeowner to spend their money on than having workers tear up their lawn searching for a plumbing leak.

If you need a licensed plumber for a drain inspection or repair or any other plumbing in your Phoenix, Arizona home, you can schedule an American Discount Plumbing expert online or give us a call at 602-883-2787

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