After arriving at the property and introductions, the first order of business is to find the best way to access the sewer main. Many times we will walk around the outside of the house first to determine if there is a clean-out somewhere on the property that will give access to the sewer main.
If no clean-out is found outside, then the house is inspected for a sewer clean-out. If the house has a basement, a clean-out could be found in this area. Otherwise there are several places to find access in the house.
- Sometimes a floor drain will work.
- Other times a toilet will have to be removed to gain access.
- Many times, if the house does not have a basement the best way is to use the vent on the roof of the house.
- A crawl space could be an option.
Our state of the art equipment includes color, self-leveling cameras. Each camera has a built in transmitter allowing the technician to accurately locate where the line is and the depth if necessary. Cameras are attached to an interface that is connected to a laptop, which will record the inspection. Sewer View has the ability to inspect 300’ sewer lines.
When the video is started the room is panned showing something in the room that is easily identifiable so whoever is looking at the video can easily determine the house that is being inspected is in fact the house they want to inspect. It is desirable to have the client or their representative present when doing the inspection, but by no means necessary. If there are any issues with the condition of the line they can easily be explained right on the spot.
The camera, which is attached to a rigid cable, is pushed into the sewer line by hand. As it passes through the line, the laptop displays the line. If there are excessive roots, or a low spot where waste does not drain properly. It will be shown, as well as breaks, cracks, offsets (where pipes do not line up properly) Or…. Even though all inspections include a detailed report, and, a video link, it is much easier to understand what is being seen if we can discuss and understand any problems together. If the inspection is for the purchase of a home and problems are found, usually other people are involved after the inspection, such as the sellers’ agent and or the seller themselves. If someone is present it is easier to explain the results. If a problem is found, it will be referenced by the footage marker on the video. The problem area is then located outside by finding the signal that is transmitted from the camera head. The depth also is found. The area involved will either be marked with spray paint or a flag. This will help a potential repair contractor to give an accurate estimate on the needed repairs.
Sewer View does not do any repairs. We are inspectors. We can however, refer a contractor if you would like one. We can also give you a “ballpark” figure on repair costs. This is for reference only. Repair prices do fluctuate tremendously!
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