How to Know When It’s Time for a Sewer Camera Inspection

You probably don’t think about your sewer line often. If it’s working properly, that’s the way it should be. However, because the system is underground (out of sight, out of mind), homeowners sometimes don’t notice small issues until they become big sewer line problems.  

Below are a few instances when you should schedule a NuFlow Indy sewer camera inspection. The inspection can give you peace of mind or identify small issues before they cause serious sewer problems.

1. You’re moving into a new home

Many home inspectors don’t recommend a sewer camera inspection unless a home was built in the 1980s or earlier. However, just like you wouldn’t buy a used car without having it checked by a mechanic, we don’t recommend buying a house without a sewer camera inspection. Before closing, NuFlow Indy can inspect your soon-to-be sewer line and ensure there are no costly sewer problems lurking underground. You can potentially save thousands of dollars in costly repairs down the line. If we find a sewer line problem, you can negotiate with the seller to have it fixed. We’ll repair the sewer line without digging up your future lawn. It’s definitely time for a sewer camera inspection if you’re buying an older home or one that is surrounded by trees. 

2. Unusually green, wet patches on your lawn

A telltale sign it is time for a sewer camera inspection is an overgrown, unusually lush patch of grass. That could mean your sewer line has burst. Your lawn could be extra lush because it’s absorbing the excess water from the leak. A sewer line camera inspection will quickly pinpoint any problem areas. 

3. Water damage and mold

A leaking sewer can cause water damage around your home, which can lead to mildew and mold growth. The longer a homeowner ignores this issue, the bigger problem it will become. This is an important example of when to get a sewer camera inspection. The NuFlow Indy inspection will locate the problem and allow you to fix it before it becomes a potential health risk.

4. Objectionable odors

A persistent smell could indicate a problem with your sewer line. Especially if the stench is clearly coming from your drains, it’s time to schedule a camera inspection to find out what’s wrong with your sewer line. 

5. Slow drains that often back up

If your toilets get clogged regularly or sinks and showers consistently take a long time to drain, there’s a good chance the problem could be in your sewer line. This could also be true if you hear unusual gurgling coming from  your pipes on a regular basis. A sewer camera inspection will give you a definitive answer.

6. Water pressure issues

If you’re having problems with the water pressure in your showers, washing machines and dishwashers it might surprise you that your sewer line could actually be the culprit. Spotting leaks in pipes above ground, inside your home can be easy – but finding leaks in the underground sewer line could be more difficult. A NuFlow Indy sewer camera inspection can find any sewer problems that exist in your line, allowing you to solve the problem.

Bottom line: Getting a camera inspection at the first sign of a sewer problem could save you time, money and headaches in the long run. 

If you have questions about when to consider a sewer line inspection for your Indiana property, call us at 317-680-5783 or fill out a request form here.

About the Author

Dave Perry

Dave Perry founded NuFlow Indy in 2016. Prior to founding NuFlow, Dave was the founder and CEO of DP Mechanical, a commercial and residential plumbing and HVAC business. He is a licensed plumber with 30+ years of experience in industrial, commercial and residential plumbing.

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