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Getting a Closer Look: 5 Ways to Find Problematic Pipes with a Plumbing Camera Inspection

March 21st, 2021 | Plumbing

Using cameras to identify problems with pipes is an excellent way for professional plumbers such as Tom Moffett Plumbing to discover and resolve your plumbing issue quickly. These cameras provide us with a visual of what your pipe looks like – something that would be difficult to do on our own. 

Before using these cameras, plumbers had to do their best to guess what the problem was based on the symptoms. This isn’t a very effective way to identify issues with your plumbing system, and at Tom Moffett Plumbing, we are dedicated to giving our customers the most accurate services possible.

Utilizing camera inspection to locate problematic pipes is the most effective way for us to know what the issue is and the best solution for it. 

Camera Inspection as Preventative Maintenance 

Would you like to know that there is a problem before it costs you? With camera inspections, you can! Routine plumbing maintenance is important, and with a high-quality camera inspection, the plumber can look for signs of future problems with the pipes.

Things like small cracks, dents, tree root intrusions, and signs of wear and tear can all be identified and dealt with before they become an issue. Because of the incredible detail and high-quality footage produced by our sewer cameras, even the most minute problems can be found – saving you worry and money. 

Determining What Type of Pipes You Have

Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or have lived in an older home for a while, camera inspections are a great way to figure out what plumbing system your home has in place. There are many problems associated with different materials that pipes can be made out of.

Some are more vulnerable to cracking under pressure, and if you know that your home has been around a while, it is good to know what material the pipes are made of. This will help you prepare for the problems associated with that material, or you can decide to replace them. 

Locating the Pipelines with Real-Time Footage

What good are pictures if you need a pipe repaired immediately? With broken pipelines, we need to know what is happening at any point in time, and having still images won’t help.

The small camera is attached to a snake-like cable that perfectly fits into the pipe to give us a 360-degree view of the inside of the pipe. Once inside, we use the camera to locate the damaged lines by viewing real-time footage.

This allows us to quickly and correctly identify the location of the problematic pipe. Rather than having to take photos, analyze them, and then present you with a solution afterward, we can analyze the footage as we see it.

This enables us to tell you exactly what is happening and what the right solution is upfront to plan accordingly. 

Knowing the Right Place to Dig

Without a camera inspection of the problematic pipe first, we would have no idea where to dig. We know that you want the issue fixed with minimal disruption to your property. By using one of these state-of-the-art cameras, we will know exactly where the problematic pipe is before we start digging.

Each problem that can occur with your pipes requires a different solution, and it is important to us that you have all the information you need before you decide how you want to address the problem.

Knowing where to dig also helps plumbers get a closer look at the issue if need be. 

Locating Tree Root Intrusions 

Camera inspection technology can help us quickly identify if tree root intrusions are to blame for your pipes acting up.

Many people forget that the roots of the trees you have planted outside your home can interfere with your pipes. In fact, it is one of the most common issues that can occur and is especially common with older pipes that are made out of materials like clay or cast iron.

Tree roots seek out moisture to grow and can exert a surprising amount of force. If there is even a tiny crack in your pipe, the root can force its way into the pipe to access the water within.

Once the root breaks through, the pipe can become clogged or blocked, make an existing leak worse, or create a new leak.

Camera inspections have many benefits and help us provide our amazing plumbing services. If you’re ready to see how a sewer camera inspection can help you find problematic pipes in your system, schedule a plumbing inspection with Tom Moffett Plumbing.

Ready To Call A Professional Plumber?

If you’re a resident of Orange, CA, or any of our surrounding communities, we encourage you to reach out to us at Tom Moffett Plumbing. Our professionally trained and certified plumbers can’t wait to help you! Whether you’re in Lake Forest, Westminster, Cerritos, or a community like Laguna Niguel, CA, your plumbing needs can be met by our experts, even when the unexpected happens.

Available for your emergencies 24/7, Tom Moffett Plumbing chooses to offer no after-hours fees for all emergencies. It’s just only of the many ways our family-owned and operated business takes care of our neighbors. To find out how we can help you today, consider giving us a call or sending us a message online.

We look forward to serving you!