Key Benefits of Video Pipe Inspection   Share

by Greg Smith, Roto-Rooter of Mobile

Perhaps one of the greatest fears most homeowners have is the idea of having to dig up huge areas of their yards to find a plumbing blockage or broken pipe. Fortunately, thanks to video pipe inspection technology, that’s not something that homeowners are likely to have to do anymore.

Three Benefits of Video Pipe Inspection for Homeowners
There are a number of benefits associated with video pipe inspection. Here are three of the greatest advantages.

1. Pinpoint Exact Location of Problem
With residential video pipe inspection, a qualified plumber can identify the exact area where a pipe is blocked or damaged without having to resort to digging as part of the diagnosis process. This plumbing problem identification technique involves using a camera – one that is especially designed for sewer pipes  and storm drains – to find the exact location of plumbing problems. With video pipe inspection technology, there is no need to do any digging at all to get the information needed to determine what types of repairs need to be made and exactly where they are located.

2. Minimal Damage to Landscaping
Because video pipe inspection removes the need to dig from the process of identifying the source of plumbing problems, it’s possible to get your sewer issues taken care of with minimal disruption to the landscaping work you have done to your yard. While the plumber still may need to dig up a specific area of your yard in order to make the necessary repair, the affected area will be limited to the precise location needed to access the affected pipe rather than the widespread digging that would be required to search out a problem without a camera.

3.  Save Time and Money
While high tech solutions to common homeowner problems are often quite expensive, this is not the case with video pipe inspection. Finding a pipe problem using video pipe inspection technology takes much less time and labor than trenching and searching for problems, a fact that results in lower costs for homeowners and a reduction in the amount of time before the affected pipe can be restored to proper working order.

While exact costs may vary by area and amount of work required, the average cost of a video pipe inspection is about $250, plus the cost of whatever repairs are deemed necessary as a result of the inspection. Many times, pricing for video work can be negotiated down if there was drain cleaning work involved or if the video work leads to additional plumbing work. Since video pipe inspection allows pipe problems to be identified quickly and without digging, the time and expense involved in getting plumbing problems taken care of can be minimized.

About the Author
Greg Smith is President of Roto-Rooter of Mobile, Alabama http://rotorootermobile.com/. The company provides industrial, commercial and residential plumbing repair services, including video pipe inspection, throughout Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties in Alabama.