Woo! It’s finally getting cold. Time for late-night tea, crackling fires in your hearth, and chili roasting over your stove. Want to know what else it’s time for? A routine sewer video inspection.
Well, it may sound silly, but your pipes go under temperature-related duress. The shift in temperature from fall to winter months may not seem drastic, but temperatures can spike and lower dramatically. This stresses the materials of your pipes. PVC pipes are especially sensitive to temperature changes and can crack or become otherwise more damageable than before during those changes.
Sewer video inspections are the use of a small camera to fit inside your pipes. They have three hundred and sixty-degree views, providing expert sight inside your pipes. The plumbing technician providing you with service can point out exactly what’s wrong. Aging? Cracks? Clogs? If your pipes have problems, a sewer video inspection will tell you.
Another reason why to get this type of inspection is to prepare for freezing. Coating pipes, or creating a plan in case of emergencies, is the best plan before the winter months. Creating a plan to care for and maintain your pipes during the winter months can aid you years in the future, preserving your pipes much longer than them cracking, breaking, or clogging during the cold months would.
So what happens if I do have a problem?
Well, if you do have a problem during the inspection, the plumber should be able to provide you with specific solutions. Ask about trenchless or “no-dig” solutions. These are the most environmentally, family, and economically friendly solutions in the plumbing world. They don’t rely on heavy machinery, city permits for construction, rerouting local traffic, or repairing your lawn after the plumbers have left a mess.
Some trenchless solutions include hydro-jetting (for clogs), pipe lining (for cracks or minor damage), and pipe bursting (for major damage).
Hydro-jetting is used primarily for clogs, and is the use of highly-pressurized water through a hose to wash out a clog. It’s the most environmentally friendly drain-cleaning solution possible. Pipe lining is the use of an inflatable resin inside your cracked or damaged pipes. The resin hardens in a few hours and creates a “pipe-within-a-pipe”, reinforcing the structure of the pipe and creating a stable place for your waste to process. With pipe bursting, it’s the use of a pipe within yours to burst open the crack fully. This seamlessly replaces old, cracked, or majorly damaged pipes.
Get Your Pipes Inspected
You should get an inspection about every two months. Some companies offer free estimates and inspections. Others don’t. Find the company that works best for you and request regular maintenance. If you experience clogs or problems frequently, contact them immediately.
Create a plan to fix this problem before the winter months, so you can peacefully take a bath late at night and not worry if it’ll drain before tomorrow morning. We’ve all been there; let’s avoid a disaster. Get routine sewer video inspections for your home.