As a homeowner, you may be wondering what a video pipe inspection is and why you might need one. Basically, it involves your Toronto plumber feeding a specialized camera attached to a sewer cable down your pipes to inspect the condition and integrity of your plumbing system. This inspection is commonly used when people want to buy a new home. By having a sewer scope of video sewer inspection done, you can be assured that you will avoid any unpleasant surprises once the house is registered in your name.
The video pipe inspection allows a plumbing technician to see live visuals from inside the sewer pipe, which runs from the house to the main city sewer connection. Footage will help your plumber understand whether your line is in good working condition, or whether it needs regular maintenance, repair or replacement.
However, video pipe inspections are not only meant for home buyers. Let’s take a look at some of the other situations that demand a video sewer inspection:
1. Problems With the Sewer
Have you been noticing frequent backups? A video pipe inspection will help your plumber determine whether your drains need proper maintenance, spot repair, or replacement.
Maintenance: Proper maintenance can often help prevent plumbing problems, repairs and ultimately, replacement. The key is to keep your lateral line flowing by preventing access build up, root infiltration and debris.
Repairs: Known as spot repair, it is sometimes possible to repair a single part of the line that is causing the backups.
Replacement: Sometimes, repairing different spots on a single line can render the pipe weak. Couple that with root infiltration and you may well have a collapse on your hands. Repairs to a badly damaged pipe can often result in more breaks in different parts of the pipe. The best solution in this case is replacement.
Some Toronto plumbers may show you a drain pipe which could easily be repaired with good results in order to make more money. In some rare cases, there may be a completely honest misdiagnosis by an inexperienced plumber.
Here at Anta Plumbing, we have done thousands of video pipe inspections and we have seen the above situations first hand. Not all video sewer inspection equipment is equal. If your plumber’s video is low quality, it is highly likely that it may be misdiagnosed. Therefore, it is important that you hire an experienced plumber with high quality equipment.
2. A City Notice
Have you received a written notice from the city, saying that your sewer connection to the city mainline is broken? In most cases, they require that you repair it within 45 days.
When sewage seeps into the soil, it poses an environmental hazard. It may even end up undermining the city’s mainline. Sewage will cause the soil to move, further damaging the infrastructure, which is why the municipality takes it so seriously. They frequently check the systems around the city using large video pipe inspection cameras, and they can see your connection to the mainline too. That connection is your responsibility.
3. Home Warranty Expiration
If your new home warranty is about to expire, it is important to have a sewer scope done. If there are major issues, the builders can repair it while it is still under warranty.
In areas where the soil shifts, it is particularly important to do an inspection. Construction can damage new sewer lines too.
Of course, it is also the decent thing to have a video pipe inspection done prior to putting your home up for sale. Anta Plumbing will give you a copy of the recording to show to the potential buyers, should they request it.