Backed-up water can cause serious property damage, and dirty water can quickly become a health hazard for your family. When you start havingplumbing drain issues, you need to take care of them as soon as possible.
What Are The Signs of Drain Problems?
The most common signs that you have problems with your plumbinginclude backed-up drains or toilets, noisy pipes, bad smells, low water pressure, and slow-draining sinksand tubs.
And there are any of a number of causes responsible for plumbing issues. Stoppages, breakages, leaks, and pipe damage will all cause problems. Sometimes the problems are caused by members of the household, who put too much material or the wrong material into the toilet or down the drains. Sometimes a pipe breaks due to age, sometimes a leak develops due to earth movement. And often, tree roots around an underground pipe can cause damage to the pipe and can often intrude into the pipe, continuing to grow until they have totally blocked the pipe.
Until recently, finding the exact nature and location of a plumbing problem in your pipes often required digging up and exposing large portions of underground pipes or jackhammering through huge concrete slabs to get to the problem. Today, the plumber has a range of tools which can help locate and resolve drain problemsmore easily than ever before possible.
The most essential diagnostic tool available to the modern plumber is the video camera inspection system. Awaterproof video camera, fitted with built-in lights, is attached to a stiff cable and then inserted into almost any plumbing line. The camera shows the plumber exactly what’s going on down there. It’s sometimes not a pretty picture, but it’s still an essential one.
Video camera inspection has changed plumbing forever. The exact location of any stoppage can now be easily pinpointed, the nature of interior pipe damage can be more precisely determined, and the presence of tree roots or damage by tree roots can be instantly detected.
Only after the plumber has inserted the camera into the line and gotten a good picture can he make an accurate assessment of the situation and then determine the best method of resolving this particular issue.
Again, today’s plumber has a choice of high-tech equipment to resolve most plumbing issues. To clear drains, he has two options: the simpler one is the electric-powered auguring tool (“plumber’s snake”) to drill through the obstruction and break it up; or there’s the far more sophisticated hydrojet machine, which blasts away even the most stubborn obstructions with high pressure water and also scours and cleans the insides of the pipes.
If he has to repair or replace part of a damaged or broken pipe, today’s plumber has to do less damage to property in order to get to the exact spot: the video inspection has told him exactly where the problem is situated. And now there’s “Trenchless Technology” which allows for the replacement or relining of an underground sewer pipe with almost no intrusive digging required.
After the job is done, the plumber then inserts the video camera back into the line to make sure everything is working the way it is supposed to be. If it wasn’t a pretty picture before, it should be now.