What is a sewer inspection like
After arriving at the property, the first order of business is to find the best way to access the sewer main. First thing, I’ll walk around the outside of the house to determine if there is a cleanout somewhere in the yard that will give access to the sewer main.
If there is not one, then the house is inspected for a sewer cleanout. If there is a basement, any cleanout should be found in this area. There are several places from within the house access could be possibly gained.
Sometimes a floor drain will work. Other times a toilet will have to be pulled to gain access. Many times if the house does not have a basement the best way is to use the vent on the roof of the house. All houses have one. After it is determined how to access the sewer line the equipment is set up.
The equipment used is a color camera that has a built in transmitter so that it can be located when a problem is found. This is attached to 300 ft. of fiber optic cable. This is then connected to a video monitor with a DVD recorder. There is also a locating device which finds the signal put out by the camera transmitter from above ground.
At this point the DVD recorder is turned on. Before putting the camera in the sewer line, the room will be panned showing something in the room that is easily identifiable so whoever is looking at the video can easily determine the house that is being inspected is in fact the house they want the inspection on. It is desirable to have the client or a representative of theirs present when doing the inspection, so if there are any issues with the condition of the line they can easily be explained right on the spot. The camera is pushed into the sewer by hand as it passes through the line, it will be seen if there are excessive roots, or a low spot where waste does not drain properly. It will be shown if there are breaks, cracks, offsets (where pipes do not line up properly) Or…. Even though all inspections have a detailed written report and DVD,. If the inspection is for the purchase of a home and problems are found, there will usually be other people involved after the inspection. Such as the sellers agent and or the seller themselves. So if someone is present, it is easier to explain the results and why. If a problem is found, it will be referenced by the footage marker on the screen which also appears on the finished DVD. The problem area is then located by finding the signal that is transmitted from the camera head. The depth also is found. The area involved will either be marked with spray paint or a flag.
This will help a potential contractor to give an accurate estimate on the needed repairs.
Sewer View does not do any direct repairs – we can however, refer a contractor if you would like one.