Sewer line inspections are important to make sure your home’s sewer lines are in top condition but, it’s not always clear when it’s the best time to have an inspection and what the benefits of having one are.
Here at Mr. Plumber, we know all the ins and outs when it comes to plumbing. Here is everything you need to know about sewer line inspections and when you need to schedule one.
What Is a Sewer Line Inspection?
A sewer line inspection is the process of thoroughly examining your home’s sewer pipes. A plumber will inspect your sewer lines by sending a sewer camera through your home’s pipes. The camera records the condition of the pipes and allows the plumber to find any issues with the sewer lines.
How Often Should I Have a Sewer Line Inspection?
Because sewer line inspections are so thorough and a great preventive measure, it’s generally recommended you have a sewer line inspection at least once a year.
It’s also recommended you have a sewer inspection when buying a new home. You need to make sure the sewer line health is satisfactory. Sewer line repairs can be expensive if they are in bad enough shape, so always make sure you have a sewer line inspection before buying a new home.
Are There Benefits to Having a Sewer Line Inspection?
When you start to weigh the cost of a sewer line inspection and the cost of fixing a sewer line issue, it becomes clear why it’s important to have a sewer line inspection. A sewer line inspection usually costs about $150 and takes roughly an hour. During this inspection, the plumber will investigate your sewer lines extensively and catch any small issues before they become big ones.
If these small problems go unnoticed, they will become bigger ones and you could be in for an expensive repair. Schedule sewer line inspections regularly to avoid this problem.
What Are Signs I Should Have a Sewer Line Inspection?
Buying a new home isn’t the only time you should schedule an inspection. If you ever notice any of these issues, you should quickly schedule a sewer line inspection.
Foul Smell From Toilet
The most common sign you need a sewer line inspection is if you smell something akin to sewer gas coming from your bathroom or particularly your toilet. This often means your sewer lines are not ventilating properly and it can potentially be dangerous if not taken care of.
Low Water Levels and Slow Draining
If you notice your toilets all have a low water level or slow draining, you likely have a clogged sewer line. While you can potentially unclog it with the right tools, it’s best to call a professional.
Septic Tank Overflow
In extreme cases, you might have wastewater pooling in your yard. This is a sign that one of your sewer pipes is broken. Immediately stop using all water in your home and call your local health department for assistance.
Contact The Professionals!
If you are ready to schedule a sewer line inspection, contact Mr. Plumber today! We’ve been serving the San Antonio community for over forty years and we are professionals when it comes to all things plumbing. Whether you need help with your water heater, your bathroom plumbing, or a gas leak, you can trust us to get the job done right.