It’s not uncommon for sewer main lines, leading from a house or building’s plumbing into the municipal sewer system, to develop clogs, cracks, and other problems that require professional sewer cleaning or sewer repair service.
For most sewer service calls, contractors use sewer camera inspection systems to noninvasively determine the source, location, and nature of the problem, so that they can plan to use the right techniques to resolve the problem. These specialized fiber optic camera systems can look directly into the sewer line, providing sewer repair companies with a direct view of the interior of the pipes. At Degrace Plumbing, we almost always use sewer camera inspection to prepare for New Jersey residential and commercial sewer repair and sewer cleaning services.
How Sewer Camera Inspection Works
The way to determine for sure is to use a sewer camera inspection system to view the pipes directly. These versatile, surprisingly high-definition cameras are quite compact, and are mounted on a flexible augur-like rod that can be lowered into the sewers directly through a pre-existing access point.
Using fiber optics, the camera delivers a live video feed to a monitor, with the inside of the sewer pipes illuminated by an attached light.
Sewer camera inspection allows contractors to spot many types of sewer main line problems, including:
- Clogged pipes. Flushed paper materials, with the exception of actual toilet paper, aren’t generally designed to break down easily in water. As a result, it’s not common for built-up paper towels, facial tissues, and other materials– as well as kitchen cooking grease– to gradually accumulate inside a pipe, where they restrict water flow and cause a clog that leads to water backing up into the plumbing.
- Cracked sewer lines. Sewer lines can crack, leading to slight leakage and creating an opportunity for growing tree roots to make their way inside.
- Tree root incursion. Tree roots are attracted to the moisture and nutrients provided by sewer pipes, and can clog and damage the pipes by growing inside them through pre-existing small cracks and holes.
- Bellied sewer pipes. “Bellying” is when, due to soil instability, a section of pipe begins sinking downward into the ground, creating a low point where water can pool up and obstruct normal flow.
Sewer Cleaning and Sewer Pipe Repair in NJ
Once sewer camera inspection has been used to identify the problem, contractors can then perform the appropriate cleaning or repair service. Sewer cleaning is usually carried out using high-pressure hydro jetting, wherein water streams at high pressures are used to break apart and push away clogs and obstructions. For sewer repairs, contractors generally use trenchless sewer repair methods, such as pipe lining and pipe bursting, when possible. These techniques allow full repairs through existing sewer access points, avoiding the need to dig a large trench to expose the pipes completely.
To find out more about our sewer camera inspection and sewer repair services, call us today at Degrace Plumbing, at 201-786-2538.