We admit it…most of the time we like to root first and ask questions later. If all of your drains are running slow and it’s the first time this is happening to you (or even the first time in a year), it’s unlikely we’re going to suggest you opt for an expensive sewer camera inspection first. We’ll just go ahead and do some rooter service to try to dislodge whatever is causing your water to flow out of your house so slowly.
But if we send down the sewer snake and have an impossible time getting through, it might be time to enlist the help of a sewer camera, AKA a sewer scope. It’s a flexible camera that heads down into your sewer pipe just like a sewer snake would, but instead of spinning blades of clog-death, there’s a wide-angle camera and a light on the end that sends back live video of exactly what’s going on in a sewer pipe. Sewer cameras are quite expensive and require quite a bit of training to get the right images out of, so it is an additional expense that we only recommend when we think something is really wrong with your sewer system. (Beware of sewer inspectors who offer this service for free. Why? Read all about it here.)
There are a few common reasons why you might need us to do a sewer inspection with our sewer scopes. Let’s take a look at them:
A Monster Clog: If you’re a photographer, you’re not going to take your massive 600mm lens every time you take your kids to the park. Likewise, every van of ours isn’t going to have our huge main-liner rooter just sitting the back. If you have the clog of the century, we might have to send down the sewer scope to see exactly what’s happening and to determine the best way to attack it.
A Mystery Clog: Let’s say you call us in March because you’re having sewer trouble. We clean everything out and it’s all perfect for a few months. But then the clog comes back. At this point, we need to know exactly what’s going on down there. Do you have the world’s most ambitious tree and its roots are growing back at an alarming rate? Have you been pouring bacon grease down the sink and flushing a steady stream of paper towels down the toilet, but you’re too embarrassed to admit it? If a clog keeps coming back there has to be a reason, and that’s why we need eyes on it.
It could be a monster clog or a mystery clog, but we won’t know that until we get the sewer scope down there. In fact, it might not be either of those things, but instead a…
Broken Sewer Line: If we can’t get your water flowing, there’s a good chance that it’s a broken sewer line. We certainly don’t want to tell you this, because we know that a broken sewer line is an expensive proposition. But the sewer camera will confirm or deny that that’s your problem, and at that point we can give you the names of the most reputable sewer replacement experts here in Denver.
If you need a sewer scope, Garvin’s is there to give you the best possible solution to your problem. Call us today for all your drain and sewer cleaning needs!