An underground, video camera drain scope allows us to examine your main sewer pipe in real-time to
determine the condition inside the pipe.
The drain scope will identify pipe characteristics such as:
The material of the drainpipe.
There is a wide range of drainpipe construction materials such as cast iron, clay, Orangeburg, PVC, and concrete. Many drain systems are constructed of multiple materials. Each one of these materials has its advantages and disadvantages. The type of materials discovered in your drain system can help determine material longevity, maintenance issues, and costs for repair/replacement.
Overall condition of the drain system leading from your house to the city sewer tap or septic tank.
The sewer drain scope will provide evidence of pipe maintenance, pipe replacement, or additions to the pipe system.
Most importantly, the sewer drain scope will provide us the condition of the pipe system now. If there is pipe damage or obstructions that inhibit proper flow, we will provide video evidence of the problem and exactly where it is located within the pipe.
Sewer drain scope inspections find problems like these:
Broken, cracked, or collapsed pipes.
Offset pipe – sewer pipes that have become misaligned due to shifting soil, frozen ground, soil
settling or other factors.
Blockage – grease buildup or a foreign object restricting or prohibiting proper flow and/or cleaning of the pipe.
Corrosion – the pipe has deteriorated and/or broken, causing sections to collapse and restrict water flow.
Pipe belly – a section of the pipe that has sunk due to ground or soil conditions, creating a valley
that collects debris.
Leaking joints – the seals between pipes have broken or separated, allowing water to escape
into the area surrounding the pipe.
Root infiltration – tree or shrub roots have infiltrated the sewer line, preventing proper water
flow and pipe cleaning.
Obsolete pipes – existing pipes that are constructed of substandard or outdated material that may have deteriorated or corroded beyond safe usage.
SEPTIC DYE TEST
A septic dye test is a non-invasive procedure using a fluorescent dye flushed toilet to determine the condition of the components of the system. Once the dye test has been flushed, water is run into the system from a faucet to flush the dye into the septic tank and to the leach field. A septic dye test can expose obvious leaks and inadequacies in the system and indicate the need for repairs or alterations. However, because this is a visual inspection, the inspector can only report on what is observed aboveground. The test will not tell you what is wrong in the system. Results from a dye test can be seen in as little as 3 hours or as long as 3 days.
WELL WATER TEST
A well water test is a test for basic water potability. Test for levels of lead, bacteria (total coliform), nitrites, nitrates, pH, total alkalinity, and total hardness.
For more information, head to https://www.epa.gov/privatewells