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Preventing drain problems

Feb. 11, 2020
Any home, whether well-maintained or not, can and probably will experience drain and pipe problems at some point. Some problems might require a simple solution like a plunger, while others like a slow drain, busted pipe or backed up sewage might be difficult to diagnose and locate. A camera inspection is a special technology developed to diagnose these types of plumbing issues.
 
During a camera inspection, your plumber uses a waterproof camera that attaches to a sewer cable which snakes into your pipes looking for potential issues. Since the plumber is visually able to inspect your plumbing, they can determine what the problem is and locate it without any guesswork.
 
Folks, it’s not rocket science. It’s just a quick and accurate way to diagnose a plumbing problem while avoiding money-wasting trial and error. Traditionally plumbers have had to dig to get to your sewer line or cut into walls to access your pipes to determine the problem. A camera inspection allows for easy visual access to these areas, making it more cost-effective and less labor-intensive.
 
Early detection is often crucial to preventing plumbing catastrophes. During a camera inspection, you may be catching more than that stubborn clog or leak. With this type of inspection, a plumber can catch other issues that might not be noticed until they cause expensive and extensive damage.
 
Although some plumbing issues happen on the surface, others may present as deep clogs or leaks and will require a professional plumber. You’ll need to know when it’s time to call a plumber, so we’ve provided a list of warning signs to look for:
 
  • Increased water bill — If you notice an unexpected jump in your water bill, you could have a potential leak somewhere. A camera inspection can quickly locate the leak.
  • Slow drain — One slow-draining sink can typically be fixed by cleaning the drain out. If you have several slow drains, you likely have a clog in your sewer system. This can easily be diagnosed through a camera inspection.
  • Unwelcome pests — If you are noticing bugs or rats, they may be gaining entrance into your home through a crack in your sewer system. You’ll want to locate and seal this crack as soon as possible.
  • Back-up of sewage — Sewage goes down your pipes, so should this reverse, call a plumber immediately. Inspecting your sewage line can determine what the problem is.
  • Unpleasant odors — If you can smell foul odors like sewage, it’s probably a sign you have a crack in your sewage line. A camera inspection can find the cause.
  • Musty smell — If you detect a musty smell, call a plumber. Chances are you have a water leak somewhere. 
A camera inspection can ensure your plumbing is clear and clean, detecting problems early before they become costly time-consuming problems. Be proactive by keeping your plumbing working trouble-free.
 
If you live in the Orlando area, give Michael’s Plumbing a call at (407) 219-9772 or schedule online for a camera inspection of your plumbing system.
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