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Camera Plumbing Inspections in San Diego

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Drain clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems that can occur in the typical residential home. These systems are some of the most-used, meaning they’re most likely to fall victim to misuse, not to mention normal wear and tear.

If you’ve ever dealt with a clogged drain or sewer line back-up, you know how frustrating it can be. Something as seemingly simple as a backed-up kitchen sink can completely ruin your day. The bad news? If you’ve ever had a drain or sewer problem, it’s probably not the last time you’ll have to deal with this issue. The good news? Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air can help! We offer cutting-edge camera plumbing inspections in San Diego and the surrounding areas. These inspections are designed to help our team determine exactly what’s causing your drain or sewer issue. If snaking or hydrojetting isn’t enough, our camera inspections will help us pinpoint the problem.

Interested in a camera inspection service for your plumbing system? Call Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air at (866) 374-0402 today to schedule an appointment!

When Is a Camera Pipeline Inspection Necessary?

Camera inspections are not necessary for every drain clog or sewer problem. In fact, snaking and hydrojetting are generally highly effective in clearing even very stubborn blockages and cleaning your drains almost completely. However, in certain instances, it may be necessary to schedule a camera plumbing inspection in San Diego.

You might want to consider having a professional plumber conduct a camera inspection of your drain or sewer line if any of the following are true:

  • You’ve experienced numerous, recurring clogs/blockages
  • Problems are occurring in various areas of the pipes
  • You are not sure whether or not tree root invasion has occurred
  • You keep having to schedule professional sewer repairs
  • The pipes themselves are old, and you suspect they may be deteriorating
  • Drain snaking and/or hydrojetting has not been effective
  • You simply do not know what is causing your drain/sewer problems

Camera inspections can eliminate the guesswork when it comes to your drains and/or sewer lines. Instead of wondering what’s causing the problem and guessing at the best solution, our team will be able to provide an accurate, precise diagnosis. From there, we can quickly and effectively carry out any necessary repairs or replacements, providing you with greater peace of mind in knowing that we’ve found a solution that will last.

How Long Will the Camera Inspection Take?

We understand that you don’t have the time to wait around all day for a camera inspection. With Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, you won’t have to! Our camera inspections typically take two hours or less.

Contact Us Today to Schedule Your Service

When you choose Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air for your San Diego camera plumbing inspection service, you’ll be treated with superior workmanship and outstanding customer care. In most cases, we’re able to dispatch a technician to your home on the same day as your call. We provide all our prices upfront and in writing, and we always treat you and your property with respect, keeping our workspaces clean and leaving your property even better than we found it. All of our services are backed by our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee.

Schedule your service with us today—call Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air at (866) 374-0402 to get started!

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Tips & Advice From Our Experts

  • How Tree Roots Invade Pipes
    A very common reason for stoppages are tree roots. Tree roots typically enter a pipe through a bad connection. They can’t enter a sewer system that is constructed properly. Roots should never be present. Roots quickly become established and as they grow, they further damage the connection – kind of like a tree sapling that grows through a crack in a sidewalk. If left alone for just a few months, it will cause the sidewalk to crack. That is what happens with tree roots and sewer lines.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • How Long Does Concrete Sewer Pipe Last?
    Some sewer pipe is made from Concrete. Typically, this type of concrete pipe lasts a long time, but we do see problems start at the connections due to ground settling or tree root intrusion. Concrete pipe is susceptible to cracks – just like a concrete sidewalk – particularly when stressed from tree roots or offsets. The average lifespan of concrete sewer lines, before you start to encounter stoppage problems, is 30 years. The most common reasons for sewer line stoppages with concrete lines include offsets at connections and breaking pipe due to tree roots and ground settling.
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • Even Tiny Roots Cause Sewer Damage
    Tree roots are a major cause of pipe damage and should never be present in a properly functioning sewer line. Once cut, even fine, hair-like roots will grow back into the sewer line quicker. Once trees and shrubs find a source of water and nutrients (like the inside of the sewer pipe), they will vigorously attempt to re-establish roots in the pipe after cutting. Root growth outside the pipe will crush or crumble pipe as the root becomes more established, leading to a progression of pipe misalignments, bellies, and collapses.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Got Clay Pipes?
    Clay is one of the most ancient piping materials and was the material of choice for a lot of sewers by the 1880s-1900s. Believe it or not, we still see them today here in San Diego. If you have clay piping, we would most likely recommend a complete replacement when failures begin to occur. The most common reasons for sewer line stoppages with clay lines include offsets at connections and breaking or shattered pipe due to tree roots and ground settling. The expected lifespan of clay sewer lines is about 30 years. Typically, clay pipe lasts a long time, but problems will start at the connections due to ground settling or tree roots. Clay is susceptible to breaking when stressed from tree roots. I am sure you can visualize how it can suddenly break, just like a clay flower pot might if you put too much pressure on it!
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • You Have Orangeburg Pipe. Now What?
    Orangeburg pipe is made of paper and tar and was only used as a less expensive substitute for cast iron during the 1940s –1970s. And yes, we do see this pipe in San Diego and San Diego County. Due to its composition, Orangeburg will become misshapen (like the profile of an egg lying on its side). Unfortunately, it's not practical to make any kind of spot repair on Orangeburg. In fact, it may not even be legal in your municipality. All Orangeburg piping is past its useful life and should be replaced.
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • What Causes Sewer Misalignment?

    Misalignments of sewer systems are frequently caused by ground settling which removes the bedding the pipe is laying in. Over time, the misalignment will allow wastewater to leak out of the pipe, further eroding the bed of the pipe and causing the misalignment to get worse.

    Ultimately, it will result in more severe misalignment or full collapse. This can take a while or it can happen pretty quickly.

    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Tree Roots Collapse Sewer
    Nothing good ever happens when roots invade your drain or sewer line. While the tree roots inside your pipe may be small initially, the root system is fed generously and can cause major (and more costly) damage as they continue to grow and strengthen. What will certainly occur is root penetration will increase, causing a larger and larger separation. This will result in the two pipe sections separating more, causing wastewater to leak out and erode the base underneath the connection. This progression can lead to a full collapse of the sewer line.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Fully Collapsed Sewer Pipe
    When inserting our camera into a cleared drain, if the camera head is fully obstructed, it's pretty clear our customer has a complete collapse of the sewer line. At this point, the problem had to be fixed right away. Typically when you see this, the line has been damaged for a period of time, then finally it gives way due to roots or lack of support. Replacement of the collapsed pipe is the only option.
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • Partially Collapsed Pipe

    Drain stoppages can occur when a sewer line is starting to collapse, which is not good. When a pipe is this damaged, it is only a matter of time before the line fully collapses.

    While a pipe is only partially collapsed, it is still possible to try a trenchless replacement of the line before it gets any worse. Fixing the pipe as soon as possible can save you money and reduce the disruption to your yard.

    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Sewer Inspection BEFORE You Buy!
    Before you buy a home, traditionally you require a home inspection. Checking the condition of the sewer system is not included. I would highly recommend spending a small amount to determine its condition. Sewer replacement can be expensive, and every prospective homeowner should take the extra step to ensure they don’t buy a house and literally put thousands of dollars down the drain. How can the condition of sewer pipes be determined? Inquire about the history of the existing homeowner. Frequent blockages, odors, slow drains or rapid growth of vegetation can be tell-tale signs of a compromised pipe. The best and only way to determine the condition of a sewer pipe is to have a camera inspection by a drain specialist. If you hire a specialist, they should have a camera with video capabilities and can provide you a copy of the video.
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • Sewer Back Ups Caused by Misaligned Pipes
    The most common cause of sewer back up is tree roots, but they are not the only cause. Pipe misalignment at the connection between two pieces of pipe is especially common for older sewer lines. This is due to the pipe’s long years of service and ground settling. Bedding under the pipe slowly gives way, causing the pipe connection to separate. When this happens, waste water leaks out causing the soil under the pipe to erode...making the offset worse over time. This can be a gradual process or it can happen quickly. It will ultimately cause more and more backups and finally a pipe collapse.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
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    We know you’re busy, so let us help keep your home running smoothly!

    Mary Jean, President
  • Sewer Mainline Stoppage - Foreign Objects
    Unless there is something structurally wrong with the sewer mainline, they rarely back up. Even back-ups that seem to be caused by foreign objects (often graciously donated by toddlers ;)) are typical because of a structural issue with the line. It's uncommon that the cause of a backup is solely the foreign object's presence in the pipe. What more commonly happens, is the object passes through a smaller secondary line that comes from a sink or toilet and enters the mainline. When something like a child’s toy gets flushed down the toilet and it lodges at the connection or beyond, the problem is not that a child’s toy was flushed down the toilet, it is that there is an offset in the sewer line that is in need of repair.
    Mary Jean, President
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