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What is a Sewer Video Inspection?

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

If you have a blockage in your sewer line that can’t be removed with plunging, it’s time for a sewer video inspection. A video inspection is also a good idea if you’re adding or remodeling a bathroom or kitchen. It’s important to ensure that your sewer line can handle the increased water needs and usage.


What Is a Sewer Video Inspection?

In a sewer video inspection, a plumber or technician will run a video line through your sewage pipes to find the source of a blockage. The video might run down branch lines – from sink and bathtub drains to the home’s main sewer line – or the pipe that runs from the house to the sewer line on the street. After the source of the block is located and identified, the next steps can be determined.


How Is the Blockage Point Identified?

Professional video inspection scopes have a transmitter on the camera. When the blockage is located, the technician will go above ground and locate the camera with a paired device. This prevents unnecessary digging and lowers the total cost.


Can I Do My Own Sewer Video Inspection?

According to The Spruce, a DIY inspection is possible, but not advised. Most video inspection scopes sold in hardware stores are not long enough to get to blockages, and the video equipment provides a low-quality image.


In contrast, professional video scopes are long, fitted with powerful lights, have high-resolution cameras, and transmit video back to the technician running the inspection. They also have recording capabilities, which can help when determining next steps.


If you’re dealing with an unidentified blockage in your pipes, give Awesome Drain a call. We have the tools and experience to help you find and fix the problem.


For 20 years, Awesome Drain Cleaning and Waterline Repair has been helping homeowners and businesses in Virginia Beach with water fixture installation and repair. We serve communities throughout Virginia, including Newport News, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmith, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, and more. Contact us for an estimate.

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