When you suspect a problem in your pipes, the first thing you should do is call for an inspection. Never assume you need a new pipe line installed or that your Stroudsburg house is about to be flooded. It could be as simple as a small crack that can be sealed easily or a clog from excess food and grease being put down the drain.
In the past, inspection was a hit or miss process. Using trial and error a plumber would attempt to determine the source of the problem. However, with modern trenchless technology and the low cost of video equipment, it is now possible to look inside the pipe and see what the problem is directly.
How Video Inspection Works
The process varies depending on the length of pipe that needs to be inspected. For instance, for a sewer line or water line, a small hole is dug to access the pipe. However, inside this may not be necessary depending on where your plumber suspects the problem originates.
That said, pipe inspection is most commonly needed for underground lines that cannot be accessed without some digging. Instead of digging up the pipe completely, a video line can be used to check for specific problems.
Once your plumber has access to the pipe line, they will insert the video inspection unit and check for things like roots, clogs, leaks, and cracks. This is such a powerful tool because instead of guessing where the problem is located and repairing based on those assumptions, your plumber can now be 100% sure of the problem and solve it accordingly.
The process is relatively simple and it saves a tremendous amount of money when pipe replacement is not needed. In some cases, a simple repair or high speed jetting solves the problem and the homeowner is left with a modest bill instead of a five figure punch to the gut. Whether a video inspection is right for you depends on the problems you are having, but the only way to be sure is to call a professional and discuss your observations.