A Sewer Inspection System Can Save You Money

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A Sewer Inspection System Can Save You Money

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Q. We’ve seen the ads for video pipeline inspection cameras, but I don’t see how I can justify the cost. Why should we own a camera instead of paying a subcontactor to inspect our drainlines?

A. Video pipe inspection systems have been the hottest item for plumbing and drain contractors in the last decade. Years ago, only the biggest drain cleaning specialist had a camera system. Now, nearly every plumbing and drain contractor has one — and some are doing the camera work for free. So why should you own one?

Well first, because nothing is free. You’re going to pay for an outside contractor one way or other.

Second, owning a sewer inspection camera can save you money. 

Example 1: A school bathroom toilet kept clogging. The maintenance staff repeatedly attempted to clear it, but it would clog up again almost instantly. They finally arranged for a camera inspection and found that a pager had been accidentally flushed down the toilet and was acting like a flapper valve. 

Example 2: A new hotel had one room that had repeated clogged drain problems. They eventually had the line inspected and found that a drywall nail had gone through a plastic waste line and created a clog. 

Without a camera, these problems would never have been discovered. With a camera, they became an easy fix. 

Further, if you are buying and selling properties, be sure to inspect the sewer system before the sale closes. Old buildings often have collapsing sewer lines that could cost you tens of thousands of repair dollars if you don’t catch it first.     

To learn more, visit https://drainbrain.com/en/category/diagnostics/ or contact the Drain Brains at 800-245-6200.  

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