What Might A Camera Inspection Of Your Plumbing System Reveal?

What Might A Camera Inspection Of Your Plumbing System Reveal?

10696294_sThe winter weather can leave a mark on your plumbing system. During the spring it is a good time to check your pipes to make sure nothing has been damaged. This can be done by calling a professional plumber for a camera inspection.
During a camera inspection your plumber will send a fiber optic hose down your drain with a special camera on the end of it. As the hose is moving along through the inside of the pipe, the camera will take video and/or still pictures of the inside of the pipes.
This inspection gives you a clear idea of the status of your pipes and if there is any damage. Some of the things the camera inspection might reveal are:
Corrosion: There are many different forms of corrosion. It can be caused by age, the quality of the water, and chemicals. Once corrosion begins it only gets worse so it should be addressed as soon as it is discovered
Rust: Another form and the most common type of corrosion, it is typically found on older plumbing pipes made from steel. In newer construction PVC or copper pipes are used because they are not susceptible to the damage caused by rust.
Cracks: Typically, cracks happen in older pipes and not in modern plumbing. A crack can cause a lot of water to be wasted and will cause you to have a higher water bill. Any fixture that develops a crack should be replaced
Leaks: The joints in your plumbing system are the number one place that leaks will occur. This is where two pipes come together and if the ground around the joint has shifted or, the seal that keeps the two pipes together has weakened, the joint will begin to leak
Checking your plumbing in the spring for damage is the perfect way to stay ahead of any major plumbing breakdowns. Pick a day like St. Patrick’s Day or Daylight Savings Time as your reminder date each year to schedule a camera inspection of your plumbing and make sure that when the spring rains start, your plumbing is ready.