Sewer Camera Inspection

Sewer scopes have enabled homeowners to check the condition of their sewer line when there are repetitive problems or when buying a home. Since a regular home inspection doesn’t include a look at the sewer line, and sewer line repairs can be very costly, a sewer scope is critical.

Most of the problems listed below can be mitigated with a good Preventative Maintenance Program. Call or Email Jennie for more information.

How does a sewer camera inspection (sewer scope) work?

A cable with a sewer camera on the end is fed into the sewer line. The video feed is recorded onto a DVD for you to watch in the comfort of your own home. While watching it, there are 4 things to keep an eye on.

  1. Roots – It’s normal for roots to grow into a sewer line while searching for nutrients. It’s also normal for people to assume that, when they see roots in the line, it means the entire line needs to be replaced. This isn’t true, and there’s no need to spend thousands of dollars unless it’s necessary. By performing sewer cleaning the problem is usually resolved.
  2. Bellies – Remember that the lens of the camera is very small, and it makes things look bigger than they actually are. A “belly” or small dip in the line, might look terrible. There are numerous sewer lines with low spots that have been maintained for years.
  3. Joints – Sometimes people confuse the joints in sewer lines for breaks. Joints look man-made. They’re smooth and occur at regular intervals. However, roots can penetrate lines at the joints.
  4. Breaks – A break in the line will look jagged, and you’ll usually see a pool of mud and/or debris. Holes also may be visible in the pipe.

At Garvin’s Sewer Service, we’ll only perform sewer scope service if there’s a good reason, since it’s an additional expense. However, we do offer a free second look at DVD’s provided to you by other companies. Remember, we’re able to be utterly objective. Since we’re not selling you a line replacement, there’s no benefit to us. As a result, we’re able to save our customers thousands of dollars by recommending a simple sewer cleaning instead of a costly line replacement. Remember, “We Clean Drains, NOT Bank Accounts”®


What’s a Sewer Scope Inspection?