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Do I need a sewer camera inspection?

The sewage pipes removing waste from our homes are almost completely buried underground, or in the foundation of our homes, so it can be difficult to know what’s going on with your Oakville home’s sewage system when a problem is suspected. 

Fortunately, technology has allowed for camera inspection developments that you can identify and repair any issues in your sewage system before they become more significant problems and cause severe damage. 

So, what exactly is a sewer camera inspection?

A sewer inspection involves a waterproof camera that is mounted to the end of a flexible cable. The camera will be inserted into your sewage system in order to do a complete visual inspection to see if there are any obvious issues. 

These cameras can be used in underground pipes, as well as pipes that are located behind walls or encased in concrete. As long as there is access at one end of the pipe, the camera system can be used to inspect the inside parts of the pipe. 

When would you need to have a sewer camera inspection?

These kinds of inspections are an easy way to see if there are any obvious obstructions or issues with the pipes in your Oakville home, but there are a couple of scenarios where it’s especially helpful. 

Sewer back up issues

If your plumbing is acting up, the worst thing you can do is put off an inspection. Putting it off can make small issues become massive issues and cause serious damage. When small problems are caught early it can save you a lot of time and money. 

Signs of potential sewer back up issues:

  • More than one drain in your house is clogged 
  • Toilets don’t flush (or you can’t plunge them effectively)
  • When a toilet is flushed, it bubbles
  • One part of your plumbing causes a backup with other pieces of plumbing
  • A foul smell near the drains in your home 

If you’re experiencing any of these issues with your Oakville home, it may be time to call in an expert to get a camera inspection so that you can catch any issues early on. 

Camera Inspections for Homes With Older Plumbing

If your home is over 30 years old, it could be at risk for having major sewage issues. Furthermore, if your home was built before the installation of a city sewer line then your piping could be connected to a cesspool. 

With older homes, a camera sewer inspection could be a good idea every other year to ensure sure you know what’s going on with the pipes to your home. Having a sewer backup issue can cost you a lot of money and be a serious headache and inconvenience while being fixed. Not only will the issue have to be resolved, but you will have to sanitize the area where the raw sewage came up, which often means tossing drywall, furniture and belongings that have been exposed.

Having a sewer camera inspection can quickly diagnose your draining issues as well. This minor maintenance inspection can make you aware of any issues, when they’re small, and make sure you are not caught with major repairs needed for your home. 

Plumbing Video Inspections in Oakville

If you would like to schedule a sewer camera inspection for your home, contact us today to speak to a member of our team. A. McKenna Plumbing serves the Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Mississauga region of Ontario.