How a Video Drain Inspection Can Solve Tough Clogs


How a Video Drain Inspection Can Solve Tough Clogs

Drains become clogged for many reasons. However, you should never ignore repeated blockages that stop up your home’s sinks, toilets and tubs. If your drains keep clogging, it’s time to call in a professional plumber. One effective tactic that today’s plumbers rely on is a video drain inspection. This innovative technology helps take the guesswork out of dealing with drain clogs.

What is a Video Drain Inspection?

As the name implies, a video drain inspection involves placing a high-resolution camera on a flexible fiber optic line and running the line through your home’s drains. The camera films all sides of your home’s plumbing lines, clearly showing both you and your plumber the cause of any malfunction and where it is located.

A good plumber will allow you to view the video drain inspection as it takes place. We’ll also give you a copy of the video for future reference. At the end of the inspection, we’ll provide a detailed assessment of what we’ll have to do to fix any problems our inspection uncovers.

When Do You Need Video Drain Inspection?

A good plumber will always try to unclog the pipes before recommending a video drain inspection, especially if you have not had problems with clogged pipes in the past. However, if your pipes consistently fail to work properly and/or you have other serious problems such as foundation cracks and water pooling in your front yard, your plumber will most likely want to inspect the drains with a video camera before doing anything else.

What Will We Find?

Common issues that may cause a clogged drain include:

  • Tree roots growing into your home’s sewer lines
  • Blockages such as tissue and sanitary pads that have been flushed down the toilet and become stuck in the pipes
  • Built-up grease or soap
  • Pipes that have shifted due to ground movement or foundation cracks

What Are the Solutions?

Clogged sewer lines are not hard to clean. However, pipes that have been damaged by tree roots or shifting soil are more challenging to deal with. Thankfully, many plumbers now offer trenchless pipe repair so that you do not have to dig up your entire front yard just to fix your lateral sewer pipes.


Whether you need hydro jetting, trenches pipe repair, or any other plumbing service, The Pink Plumber are the experts to call. We’ve yet to meet a clog the Pink Plumbers couldn’t clear!