A sewer line inspection video is inexpensive AND can give you leverage in the purchase
So, you’re buying a new home. You’ve checked the roof and windows for leaks, looked at the floors, and the heating and cooling systems have been inspected, too. But what about the main sewer line? If you haven’t considered this you’re not alone: many new homeowners fail to have their main sewer line checked out before they purchase a home only to find later that they need a very expensive repair.
In this article, we’re going to cover the importance of sewer line inspection but before we begin, it’s important to note that the information below doesn’t just pertain to new homeowners. Even if you’ve had your home for years, it’s still important to have your main sewer line routinely inspected. Older homes, especially, are prone to sewer line issues resulting from wear and tear.
Groundhog video sewer line inspection
One of the best ways to determine the health of your home’s sewer line is through video. Groundhog camera inspection is an innovative procedure that uses a video camera to inspect the sanitary line to show any and all problems. The video and all images are stored on a USB thumb drive for your future reference.
There are huge benefits to choosing a Groundhog video inspection for your home. First, if the video detects any problems, you can likely get the issue fixed before you need an entire sewer line replacement. And if you’re a new home buyer, you can show the video to the seller as proof that they need to make the sewer line repairs – or even drop the price of the home – before you purchase it.
Consider this: At Allied Reddi-Rooter, the cost of a Groundhog video inspection is $250. The cost to repair your main sewer line? $5,000 and even more.
What causes sewer line damage?
Usually, issues in the sewer line are caused by one, or a combination, of three things:
- Tree and shrub roots that grow until they puncture the pipe and clog the line
- Broken pipes from erosion and wear and tear
- Products and debris that get flushed down the drains and clog them. Be careful before you flush something down the toilet or kitchen sink – make sure it’s truly “flushable.”
How can I maintain my sewer lines?
While sewer line repair may be inevitable in an older home, it’s actually pretty easy to maintain the line by simply being careful about what you put down your drain. Baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs and “flushable” cat litter should never be put down your drains.
You could also put drain traps over drains in the kitchen sinks and in the bathroom to catch any food and debris like eggshells.
Whether you’re a new home buyer or have owned your home for a long time, it’s always a good idea to have your sanitary line inspected with a Groundhog camera. Not only can it save from having to pay for a costly repair, but it can give you peace of mind.
Allied-Reddi Rooter is Cincinnati’s choice for Groundhog camera inspections, so when you’re ready for a sanitary line inspection for your home, give our team a call.
When you’re in need of a plumber for your home or business, make sure you choose one with extensive experience and knowledge about all types of plumbing and issues. The best plumbing companies have the capability to perform any and all plumbing services. Basically, they know plumbing inside and out, which makes it easier for them to deliver quality work no matter how big or small the job at hand is.
Here’s our list of the top ten qualities to look for when choosing a plumber in Cincinnati.
Decades of experience. At Allied Reddi-Rooter, our plumbers have more than fifteen years of experience helping home and business owners with their plumbing needs. In fact, Allied Reddi-Rooter has been operating here in the tri-state for more than 70 years. We’ve watched plumbing trends come and go and have literally decades experience troubleshooting and fixing a wide array of plumbing issues.
An emphasis on education. Your plumbing technician should be highly trained, able to pinpoint your plumbing problem quickly and fix it right the first time. Because the field of plumbing is constantly evolving, plumbers should always be honing their skills. The best plumbing companies give their employees the tools they need to keep learning.
Truly “full service.” It’s one thing to say you’re a full-service company, and it’s another to really be one. Look at plumbing company websites to learn what services they offer. As we mentioned above, if they service all industries and homes, and offer a wide variety of services, they are likely to be an established plumbing company you can trust.
Emergency service. We offer emergency service within two hours from the time we first talk to you. Be very wary of plumbers who make you wait when you think you have an emergency. The very worst plumbers wait because, if the problem persists and does further damage, the more work they’ll have to do and the higher the bill.
Instant phone estimates. The best plumbing companies are fair, honest, and ready to help. They should offer free estimates over the phone and deliver free on-site estimates as well.
They’re friendly. Never estimate the power of kindness and courtesy. Our plumbing technicians make friendly service a top priority. The best plumbers care about their customers and are committed to complete professionalism on the job. We work with our customers, listen to their needs, and communicate every step of the way.
They have excellent reviews. Before you select a plumbing company, make sure you read online reviews carefully. Choose a plumber with a great reputation and many positive reviews on websites including Yelp, Facebook, and Google.
Personalized service. Have you ever worked with a company that makes you talk to a different employee every time you reach out to them? That shouldn’t happen with your plumbing company. At Allied Reddi-Rooter, we assign one technician to a job. That way, they can build a relationship with you for better personalized service.
Responsive, 24/7 availability. Whatever your plumbing needs are, no matter what time of the day or night it is, you should be able to reach your plumbing company. Plumbing problems don’t follow a 9-5 schedule. If your toilet clogs at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night before a big dinner party, for example, you’re going to want to call a plumber who’s quick to respond – whether it’s by walking you through fixing it on your own, or by hopping in the truck for emergency service (just save us a slice of cake).
Customized plans. Every plumbing problem is unique, which is why the best plumbers have flexible, customizable plans for every issue and every budget. While some plumbing jobs require only one visit, others – like grease trap pumping for restaurants – can be scheduled for ongoing routine maintenance.
Great deals. Look for plumbing companies that not only stand by their work but offer discounts and other specials to make their services even more affordable.
Need a plumber? If you’re looking for friendly, knowledgeable plumbers with decades of experience contact Allied Reddi-Rooter. We know what it takes to deliver exceptional service and we’ve been doing it for 70 years.