Buying a house is a huge step many look forward to. After months of browsing and trying to find the perfect place, you finally come across the house that has everything you want and needs. Fantastic! However, while this is an exciting time for every home buyer, there is obviously much assessment to be performed on the property to make sure it’s free of problems. Some of the most common issues homeowners face over time revolve around plumbing. According to a recent report on home insurance, water damage claims have been growing faster than any other component in the household. More specifically, those claims more often than not mainly have to do with basements. The thing about basements is that they are a neglected part of the house sometimes; many people forgo having their basement properly finished which means they opt for a poor basement waterproofing or even none at all. As a result, dampness, mold and decay, in this case, are inevitable. So when purchasing a house, experts stress the importance of conducting a comprehensive basement waterproofing inspection to determine the current condition of pipes overall, as well as to prevent costly future issues.
What Is Drain Camera Inspection?
To better understand this concept, imagine the following: a drain camera inspection can be compared to a microscopic procedure that is done to check for malfunctions, prevent further damage, and diagnose a current plumbing issue. Similar to microscopy, this process is usually carried out by extending a line with a camera on its end that allows you to see your entire plumbing system on the inside and detect problems that aren’t visible nor predictable on the outside.
Why Is Drain Camera Inspection Important?
There are several reasons why sewer lines tend to clog. Here are few examples:
Plant Intrusion through pipelines:
PVC piping aren’t imminent to root intrusions. Plants tend to grow quick and try to seek out a smart water and food source in that water pipe lines offer. In vegetation areas, root intrusions are very common. Thus, it’s best to replace your PVC pipe line with a replacement solid iron pipe line which typically comes in a very 10ft. sections. This prevents plant from growing their roots into the pipe line and sewer systems, eliminating the prospect of clog.
Poor Installation, Different pipe size:
Inexperienced plumbers try to form a buck and save a buck when putting in and connecting pipe lines together. At times, we have a tendency to encounter situations in which one larger pipe line turns lip onto a smaller pipe line that creates clogs over time. Anything can catch onto the lower lip and over time will cause water pipe harm. Camera inspections helps our plumbers see if the whole sewer lines are connected properly, using correct pipe lines and sizing.
Debris, paper towels are the most common clogging issues. Water may appear to run down through the pipe lines however that does not perpetually mean that the pipe lines are away from objects. Over time the clog becomes more and additional imminent. And running down more water will not facilitate unclear large objects once they get foiled along with other objects that get down the drain and pipe line.
Although the thought of having a drain camera inspection done is frequently overlooked by home buyers —especially if it’s a relatively new house —, it is a highly recommended action plan that comes with many benefits:
- Exposing existent dampness issues and pinpointing the root of a problem
- Detecting water leaks that affect water pressure and the overall performance of your plumbing system
- Saving money on expensive repairs that might be necessary in the future
- Decreasing your water bill by putting an end to wasted water
- A thorough check on your basement’s waterproofing to predict and avoid potential damage
Maintenance on a Regular Basis
While drain camera inspection is a necessary step when water problems arise, it is a great preventative method that helps maintain your plumbing system and keep it up and running. So make the best of drain camera inspection and have your pipes professionally checked every 2 years or so before it’s too late.