When We Might Use a Plumbing Camera

Our plumbing neatly disposes of wet refuse with minimum fuss and maximum efficiency. But, when something goes wrong that we may need to boldly go where no man has gone before. Think of a plumbing camera as a plumbing professional’s way of voyaging from a cleanout, kitchen or bathroom down to the city sewer line, with a clear view all along the way. Today we’re going to talk about some reasons a plumbing camera can be a useful tool.



A drain line inspection can be necessary for several reasons. Sometimes, a future homeowner will ask for a drain inspection as a part of a home inspection before they purchase a property. No one wants to belatedly learn that their sewer line on a house they just bought needs replacement. The plumbing camera will show corrosion, leaks, pipe anomalies, root growth, and clogs.

A clog which keeps coming back

Sometimes, when a homeowner calls a plumbing service multiple times with a clogging problem, the camera is sent down to find out exactly why this keeps recurring. Usually, there is a problem spot such as a crushed pipe, root intrusion, or even an obstruction, but there isn’t an economical method of finding this hidden damage or blockage without the camera. Once a line is cleared, the pipe can be inspected again to make sure the cleanout is completed.

Lost valuables

Sometimes, a homeowner will call because someone’s wedding ring, keys, or other valuables have fallen down the drain. Retrievals are one of the more exciting aspects of using a plumbing camera. There are a few of these available to view on YouTube if you don’t get enough drama from Netflix.



If a homeowner suddenly has a weirdly high water bill or an oasis of weeds sprouts in their desert landscape in the middle of summer, or their water pressure becomes dismal, these are signs your plumbing may have a leak. A plumbing camera is a non-invasive way of pinpointing the exact problem and location. The camera will save time, effort and money. Using the camera equipment can help a plumber determine the precise location of the problem. When the clock is ticking, this is the fastest, most straightforward method. Also, people are reluctant to digging up a wide swath of their landscaping dug up when there is a quicker, cleaner way.

Efficient management of a plumber's time and a clear view of problem areas are the main reasons to use a drain inspection camera. It’s hard to believe how far state-of-the-art plumbing has become, but there are far better things for a homeowner to spend their money on than having workers tear up their beautiful landscape to search for a plumbing leak.

If you need a licensed, bonded, experienced plumber for plumbing installation and service in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Ahwatukee or San Tan Valley call Norfleet Family Plumbing Heating and Air at 480-681-1764.