When your furnace or your air conditioner breaks down, you know it. The air stops flowing, or if it keeps flowing it’s the wrong temperature. Sometimes, the whole system may just refuse to start. With plumbing problems, however, it can be a lot harder to detect any symptoms. Sure, sometimes you may have a clogged drain or a burst pipe, but there are plenty of other common plumbing issues that can only be detected by actually examining the pipes. By the time these more subtle issues grow large enough to give off more identifiable symptoms, it is often too late to mitigate most of the damage. That’s why video pipe inspection is so important. Let’s take a look at what video pipe inspection is, and why you should schedule it at least once a year.
What is Video Pipe Inspection?
Video pipe inspection involves running a long cable through your plumbing, with a camera attached to the end. This allows a plumber to examine the entirety of the plumbing network, without having to physically open up your walls and floors to expose the pipes. Video pipe inspection is the preferred method of identifying plumbing problems that need to be addressed.
Problems Typically Discovered by Video Pipe Inspection
There are a number of common plumbing problems that can be detected early by video pipe inspection. Pinhole leaks are small enough to go unnoticed by homeowners, but can still cause quite a bit of water damage over a long enough period of time. Lime scale is a type of mineral deposit buildup that occurs in homes with hard water exposure. Over time, the lime scale buildup can restrict the flow of water running through the pipe so much that it needs to be replaced. Even tree roots growing into the pipes are fairly common. All of these can be detected early with video pipe inspection, allowing them to be addressed before they can cause further issues.
If you haven’t had your pipes inspected in a while, call Saddleback Plumbing. We provide video pipe inspection services throughout Orange County, CA.