The Process of a Sewer Camera Inspection

As Calgarians work to bring nature into the suburbs, sometimes those plans can spell problems in the future if the wrong plants end up in the wrong place. This is just one of several reasons why sewer drains get plugged - tree root penetration, joint failure, cracks in pipes and various other issues all become suspect.


In the past, finding and fixing these problems meant time consuming and heavy excavation that ripped lawns apart. Today Electric Eel Sewer & Drain Specialists can get to the heart of your problem in a hurry with a sewer camera inspection. Cameras allow our highly trained and experienced technicians to perform an accurate and detailed inspection on the spot.


Video camera sewer pipeline inspection is a non-destructive testing method, allowing both the homeowner and contractor to visually inspect the interior of pipes and sewer lines underground – even if they are hidden behind walls, ceilings, floors, and basements or buried in cement or beneath your home’s foundation. Camera inspections can detect obstructions, leaks, and damage from:

  • Tree roots
  • Broken tiles
  • Inline traps
  • Offset joints
  • Faulty mortar connections
  • Negative grade sloping
  • Sagging or cracked pipes
  • Buildups of sludge or grease


The whole process is quite simple. The process starts with finding a suitable point to enter into the drain pipe. At one end of the cable, a camera is fitted to capture the live video received by closed-circuit television (CCTV) attached at the other end. The plumber will slowly insert the cable into the drain pipe to get the live video. When the camera reaches the exact problem area, the plumber gets ready to take suitable action after analyzing the problem. The inserted cable length provides an overview of the location. The photos and videos help in deciding the cleaning or repair process necessary.


There are a number of benefits to using a CCTV system in sewer inspections. Clogged or damaged plumbing can lead to costly repairs and create an unhealthy environment in your home. Drains clogged due to broken pipes or problems with the sewer line won’t be fixed by pouring chemicals down the drain. These chemicals are also highly corrosive, may damage pipes and other surfaces, and are toxic to your community’s water or landfills. On the other hand, a professional sewer camera inspection can reach up to 300 feet into the sewer and check every inch of your pipe up to the point where it connects with the municipal sewer line. Most home augers only reach up to 15 feet and you have no way of knowing or ‘seeing’ what’s on the other end. 


If you are experiencing problems with your plumbing draining properly, a sewer camera inspection can provide you with some peace of mind along with the ability to physically see the problems in your sewer lines or other pipes.


At Electric Eel Sewer & Drain Specialists, the goal of our family-owned business is to provide superior service in Calgary. Whether it’s residential drain cleaning, frozen pipes, a flooded parking lot, a septic issue or a blockage, regardless of the reason, our highly trained and experienced technicians can perform an accurate and detailed camera inspection on the spot to get you back to business with our 24/7 emergency service. 


Visit Electric Eel Sewer & Drain Specialists at 7924 51st Street SE in Calgary or call 403-236-3601 to schedule your sewer camera inspection in Calgary today.

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