How to Inspect Your Sewer for a Potential Problem

How to Inspect Your Sewer for a Potential Problem

Most homeowners can barely deal with the stress of a drain clog. Now, imagine a clog in the largest drain in your home—your main sewer line. Fortunately, most sewer problems are preventable, so it is important that we all do our part to ensure that we can help to properly maintain the sewer main. Sewer problems start out small and become worse with time, so the sooner you can detect a problem, the better chance you have of quickly and affordably correcting it.

To help detect a sewer or plumbing problem, consider taking advantage of the following measures:

  • Camera inspections - In order to diagnose the problem more accurately, plumbers typically snake an electronic video camera with a high-resolution fiber optic camera head attached to it through the pipe. By using these sewer inspection cameras, plumbers are able to find the source of the obstruction inside of the pipes so that they can determine the right treatment and prevention solutions. These cameras can inspect the entire length of the pipe to determine its overall condition. This will ensure that they can catch any small problems now when small repairs are usually enough to treat the problem, rather than costly replacements.

Inspect for potential problems in the yard - If it has not rained for some time, look for soft or mushy spots around your yard where the sewer pipes would likely be. This may be an indication of a broken pipe or other issues within your sewer line. Also check for leaks, water pooling, and missing, leaking, or broken caps on clean out fixtures.

Check the toilets and drains throughout your home - If your toilets, showers, and sinks are backed up and you cannot locate the source of the problem, there may be an underlying issue with your sewer.

Preventing the Problem

Simply being proactive about keeping your drains and sewer clear of debris can go a long way towards preventing a future problem. If your rain gutter downspouts are leading into your sewer lines, this is a bad idea. This can quickly contribute to the problem and will allow leaves, branches, and other debris to enter the sewer line, which can cause severe blockage and expensive problems in no time. You may also consider investing in an effective drain cleaning or root destroying product, which can clear out the clog and help to prevent future problems.

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