Camera Inspections for Sewer Lines, Drains & Pipes


Sewer Line Inspection Services in Summit NJ When purchasing a home, home inspectors will evaluate the inside of the home for issues with plumbing and run water to see if drain issues occur, but what is not part of a NJ home inspection is an evaluation of the sewer line from the home to the town’s connection. Even though you and/or your inspector will run water for an extended period of time, roots or partial collapses can go undetected since clean water can flow partial obstructions, but solids like toilet paper or waste can get hung up within the pipe. Repairing and maintaining this sewer line is the homeowner’s responsibility and issues like cracks, breaks, blockages and tree roots can cost thousands to repair and lead to a sewer backup into the home after moving in.

Sewer Camera Inspection Summit NJThe only way to know if these issues are present is a to conduct a sewer camera evaluation. Our camera is one of the smallest, yet highest resolution on the market. This allows us to enter the homes sewer line using current plumbing openings or standard cleanouts located on almost all homes. As the camera is sent down the pipe, photos of any issues with distances will be taken and incorporated into a report. In addition to this, the inspector can pinpoint the issues underground by using a locator to mark the exact problem location on the grass/ground. This also helps avoid unnecessary destruction to the property.

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Common Sewer Pipe Issues

 Common issues:

Tree roots, broken drain lines, separated drain lines, off-set drain lines, low spot or a bow in the pipes are some of the most common drain problems that can cause headaches and damage to the underground pipe.


Tree roots:

The reason you find tree roots in sewer lines and drains is because when trees and shrubs get thirsty, they follow the trail of moisture vapors escaping from small cracks, holes, or poorly sealed joints in pipes, where they find nutrients and moisture.

HydroJet Cleaning Sewer Pipes Roots will over time fill the pipe with multiple hair-like root masses at each point of entry. The root masses quickly become clogged with toilet tissue, grease and other debris flowing from homes and businesses to the main sewer, resulting in reduced flow and slowed drains. A complete blockage may occur if the roots are not removed and root growth impeded. Once roots have entered the pipe, they continue to grow and expand until complete failure of the pipe.

Broken, separated, Offset,

Similar in effect to tree roots, offset or misaligned joints allow waste-water to escape which erodes soil around the pipe eventually leading to collapse.

Low spots in Sewer lines.

sag_belly_lowarea_sewer_scope_inspection_denverA low area can be identified by seeing standing water in the sewer line. Problems begin when incoming water is flushed down the sewer line and hits a “blockage” of standing water. Low spots cause the water along with transporting debris to loose speed and settle in this low area and clogging the pipe. Low areas can be cause by a number of factors such as: shifting soil, poor soil compaction, poor install, broken pipe, or heavy object on top of pipes.