Exploring the Use and Features of the Sewer Drain Camera

By Steven Harrisson, January 15, 2019

Sewer repair is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Besides being one of the most intrusive home repair projects one can imagine, it’s also something that you don’t have control over. The truth of the matter is, you can’t really stop an underground pipe from getting damaged. When sewer repair is mentioned, most people think that there is no other option than getting their hands dirty and start devouring their beautiful yard in order to solve the issue. 

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While that might have been the case if we were still living in the 80s or early 90s when inspection cameras were fairly new and not as developed, it certainly is not the case with modern-day inspection systems. With today’s advancements in camera lenses and the price of inspection services being more affordable than ever, the sewer camera is the best tool to discover all kinds of underground issues like pipe damage, corrosion, and blockage without all the mess of digging.

The reason why people decide to get their pipes checked is mostly because there’s something interrupting the water flow. However, there can be other reasons as well, like corrosion, damage caused by tree roots or any other type of blockage. A sewer drain camera is also commonly used when moving into a new house in order to check the condition of the sewage system and see whether it works properly. When you want to avoid digging but you need to inspect the condition of the pipes, using a sewer drain camera will save you a lot of money and time. It can even be used to check if a certain repair has been done properly.

This type of camera is usually made to fit inside small spaces, which is why the actual camera is as small as today’s smartphone cameras. The great thing about it is that it can also capture HD pictures and video. The head of the system, where the camera is located, has lights in front of it and it is connected to a long flexible cable. The cable has small motors that help navigate the camera, which is usually waterproof and in some instances even chemical-proof. The camera is controlled using a remote station, which has a screen that lets the technician see everything in real time. During that process, the cable is being unspooled from a long coil, which is connected to the display within a closed circuit.

There are a lot of reasons why the sewer drain camera is so convenient, but the most obvious one is because it saves you the mess of digging underground. Plus, you won’t waste a lot of time trying to figure out where the problem is, and it is quite easy to set up. It’s rather small which allows the technician to easily deploy it into the pipe and locate underlying problems that you may not even be aware of. Plus, it doesn’t make any noise, which is usually not the case when digging underground.