Sewer Camera Inspection Calgary Alberta

What You Need to Know About Sewer Camera Inspections

Do you own a home in Calgary that’s over 20-years-old? If you answered “yes,” it may be time to have your sewer lines inspected.


Sewer lines naturally deteriorate over time as they age. Pipes can collapse or become blocked for a number of reasons, including tree roots entering through open or broken joints or a build-up of waste. A sewer backup in your home is not something to be taken lightly.


It often results in property damage and is a potential health hazard. If you have a backup, it should be dealt with immediately by a professional. Your best line of defense, however, is preventing a backup from occurring in the first place. The best way to do that is to have a sewer camera inspection.


Benefits of a Sewer Camera Inspection

Because underground plumbing systems are difficult to inspect, years ago plumbers could only rely on their best guess to determine where damage or an obstruction was located within sewer lines. That often resulted in digging up more of a homeowner’s lawn to determine the problem.

However, with the advent of the sewer video camera, sewer camera inspections in Calgary are now non-destructive. Plumbers can visually inspect the interior pipes and sewer lines before digging. That also allows them to detect and prevent problems from occurring before they get a chance to cause a backup. Sewer camera inspections can identify:

  • Tree roots
  • Broken tiles
  • Faulty mortar connections
  • Inline traps
  • Negative grade sloping
  • Pipe sagging
  • Offset joints
  • Pipe cracks
  • Buildups of sludge or grease


How to Have a Sewer Line Inspected

If you notice a recurring problem with a clogged drain in your home, it is best to contact a professional rather than attempt to fix it yourself. Homeowner-level sewer camera inspection devices are too short to inspect more than a few feet deep.

Professional-grade sewer video cameras owned by plumbing companies, however, will give you the whole picture. They have powerful lights, are self-righting, are high-resolution, and they have recording capabilities. Most importantly, these cameras have transmitters attached to the end which helps the technician locate block points.

Professional quality sewer inspection cameras cost as much as $15,000 or more. By comparison, it only costs between $100 to $300 to hire a plumber to do the inspection. For the few times that there is a problem with an average homeowner’s sewer line; it makes far more financial sense to hire a plumber to do it.

Trusted Sewer Camera Inspection in Calgary

At the Drain Doctor, we offer FREE preventative maintenance tailored to meet your needs. But if you’ve noticed your home’s sewer drain backs up frequently, contact us for reliable video camera inspection services in Calgary.