When Should We Consider a Sewer Camera Inspection?


It is not easy to find out what is happening in a sewage system. These systems comprise of many underground pipelines trapped in the foundation of the building. This is why it is impossible to figure out the present condition of a sewage system or if it has any underlying problems. Fortunately, however, accurate and detailed information about sewers can be obtained with the help of sewer camera inspection.  These camera systems can diagnose any issues related to sewer pipes quickly and accurately, helping detect and address problems at an early stage so that they don’t turn into serious concerns. 

Camera inspections can pinpoint the exact source of the problem in a sewer line and saves us both time and money. In the past, the only way to address sewer problems was to dig up an entire property. However, with the advent of fast and efficient camera inspections, it is now possible to create a comprehensive picture of a sewer line without creating any mess.  

How Camera Inspections Work

Sewer inspection camera systems can inspect the entire length of a sewer system to find out all existing and potential areas of concern. These high-tech cameras are small devices with an electronic cable attached to a long flexible wire that bends around obstructions and corners. However, it retains enough tension to allow plumbing technicians to push it down the pipe.

The cables are connected to a monitor offering real-time high definition image of whatever is seen by the camera. Equipped with built-in light, these cameras illuminate the surrounding area, allowing the technicians to identify the clogs and obstructions. 

Common Sewer Line Diagnoses 

Some of the most common plumbing issues that can be diagnosed by sewer inspections cameras include 

  • The roots of trees are often drawn to the water inside sewer lines. They tend to grow inside and around the sewer line, causing substantial blockage and damage. 
  • Collapsed, cracked, broken, and misaligned pipes resulting from temperature change in the surrounding soil. 
  • Blockage caused by several factors.
  • Deterioration or corrosion of pipes made of older materials. Broken pieces of pipe and surrounding dirt can block the line as the pipe loses its integrity. 
  • In some instances, a part of the pipe sinks lower into the ground, creating a sewage pool. 
  • Leaking joints resulting from broken or loosened old pipes. 

When to Use a Sewer Camera Inspection

Mentioned below are some signs indicating that the time has come for a sewage camera inspection. 

  • One of the most common indications of a sewer line problem is a persistent sewage odour coming from the drains. Camera inspection can find out if there is a sewage clog, and helps avoid back-ups and other problems.
  • Often times, slow moving drains are signs of larger problems within a sewer line.  If there is a sewer issue, you may also hear a persistent gurgling from the drains. A camera inspection can reveal if there is a root intrusion or other types of clogs. 
  • If you notice a sudden increase in water bill without changing your water use habits, you may be dealing with a leaking or burst pipe. 
  • If there is mold and mildew growth, consider sewer inspection immediately because this growth may be the result of a leaky sewer line. 
  • As a result of sewer line bursts, water may seep into the yard and create overgrown green patches. This is a common indicator of root intrusion. 

If you want to find out more about sewer camera inspection, please contact us at Austeck. Since 1992, we have been a trusted name in pipeline inspection and rehabilitation supply and support.