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Los Angeles Drain Cleaning Experts: Cost of Camera Inspection

If you’ve experienced one sewer or drain backup in Los Angeles, it likely won’t be the last. They are no fun to deal with.  As plumbers who have been dealing with clogged drains for over 25 years, we want to reach out and give some tips on what is costs to have the sewer camera ran down your drain, and when you may need to have it done. 

As a plumbing system starts to age and fail, clogged drains can happen.  By having a sewer or drain line video inspection done you can quickly and efficiently identify what’s causing the problem. You also may determine whether you have a one-time problem or if it may actually be a re-occurring issue.  Drain and sewer video inspections can identify deterioration from aging, intrusive roots or other damage without digging, which saves a tremendous amount of time and money.

Sewer Camera Inspection Process

  1. There is no disruption to your home or property.  The equipment can be ran through an access point typically outside of the property.
  2. Most professional drain inspection camera systems use software that relay images to a mobile van unit.  So the plumbers can assess the structural condition and integrity of the drain or sewer.  The time it takes to perform is usually no more than 2 hours for residential properties.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms around your property, you should consider a sewer camera inspection to determine the appropriate solution: Foul Sewer Odor: Sewer odor is usually blocked by water in the drain traps or by vents that only allow airflow in one direction (out of the building). If the water in the drain traps evaporates, the odors can rise up the drain into the home. If a vent pipe is damaged or not joined properly, the outdoor air pressure can force sewer odors into your property. Backed-up Sewer Line: Sewer lines back up due to blockages. Blockages can include root intrusion, debris, grease build-up, or a crushed pipe. Unusual Growth in Specific Area of your Yard Your sewer line could be leaking water and waste into your yard. The area takes in the extra moisture and “nutrients”. An area like this may be significantly different in color and growth rate and indicates you may have a sewer leak. The other great thing about a Sewer Camera Inspections it Can Identify the Following:

  • Cracked sewer lateral (underground pipe that connects the home to the sewer line)
  • Bellied (dip or loss of positive slope) drain line
  • Separated lateral joint
  • Debris blockage
  • Root intrusion
  • Leaking pipe joints
  • Deteriorated piping materials

If you’re thinking of buying a home, or an investment property it is an essential that you inspect the sewer drain prior to purchasing the home.   It can be very costly to replace a sewer line especially when the damage is in the street. Surprises are not fun, when you close escrow and find out that you have a huge cost for major repairs.

Cost of Sewer Inspection

A sewer inspection cost can range anywhere from $250.00 to $450.00 depending on the time, reporting, locating and accessibility. For more information on sewer camera inspections in Los Angeles, give The Twin Plumbers a call today!