Chances are that you have experienced a clogged drain recently. If you rent an apartment or office space it is a simple matter of calling the landlord. However for property owners the fix may or may not be so easy. In fact far too many home and commercial building owners rely on liquid drain cleaners in order to solve the problem. It may seem like a no-brainer to pour the solution down the drain and wait for it to magically clear the clog.
That being said this method can certainly do far more damage than good. The harsh chemicals that these de-clogging solutions contain tend to cause havoc on your plumbing system. Over time they will deteriorate the pipes, which leads to major system overhauls. Of course that means large repair bills that could have actually been avoided. Now that the bad news is out of the way, let’s talk about the good news.
If you are currently using liquid drain cleaners or have used them in the past all is not lost. However it is extremely important for a professional plumbing contractor to perform a thorough inspection of your drainpipes on a regular basis. It is actually a good idea to have it done even if you have never used a chemical de-clogging agent. That way it will enable you to discover any minor issues prior to them becoming large and expensive problems.
So the question remains, how do professional plumbing contractors perform drainpipe inspections in Montgomery, Alabama? The answer may or may not surprise you. High tech video cameras have become extremely valuable tools in the plumbing industry in recent years. They allow professionals to perform a visual inspection of drainpipes, water pipes, and sewer lines that are located in hard to reach areas such as in cement slabs, or under the ground or foundation.
In essence, a trained and highly skilled technician will insert a flexible rod into the pipes in question. The flexible rod contains a waterproof, high-resolution video camera on the front tip. The rod itself allows the video camera to extend through the pipe, including around bends and corners. The technician is able to see the inside of the entire drainpipe in real time video images.
That way he or she can accurately determine the condition of the pipe from an inside perspective, and discover any and all existing or potential problems. In addition the images can be saved in order to compare them with future snapshots. For example, if an inspection is performed on an annual basis, technicians are able to compare the condition from one year to the next. Small minor repairs can be performed on an as needed basis instead of having a complete breakdown to the plumbing system.
The video and drain camera inspection absolutely identifies all types of problems including breaks, corrosion or punctures in the drainpipe. It takes all of the guesswork out of the equation, so any and all issues can be fixed in both a cost effective and timely manner. If you are in the process of purchasing a home or commercial property it is always a smart idea to get a drainpipe, water pipe, and sewer line inspection done as part of the home inspection process. Drainpipe inspections may also been performed to find lost jewelry and other valuable items.
Before you throw any money down the drain please contact Cole Plumbing. We are a family owned and operated third generation business that has been helping Montgomery area home and building owners with all plumbing related situations since 1977. From repairs to bathroom remodels we are there for you each and every step of the way. We look forward to hearing from you.