Camera Sewer Inspection – The Benefits and How it Works

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We get it — the sewer is probably not your favorite topic of conversation. We know that not everyone loves talking about the down and dirty of a system that is literally down and dirty. But, at some point, you may be unable to avoid an issue with your sewer line. Fortunately, gone are the days of intrusively digging into the ground to reach pipe blockages. Plumbing technologies such as camera inspection and trenchless sewer repair have drastically reduced the amount of stress Seattleites feel when it comes to sewer problems. Today, our focus is on the sewer camera. As skilled providers of camera sewer inspection in Seattle, Price Busters Plumbing has the skinny on the hows and whys of utilizing video cameras for your pipework.

How It Works

It’s just the nature of the beast when it comes to owning a property. Your drains start to slow and clog, and you find yourself running the gamut of DIY plumbing tips. While there is certainly nothing wrong with taking matters into your own hands, you may come to the point where professional help is absolutely necessary.

The process of camera inspection involves a fiber optic cable with a camera at the end. The camera is inserted into a pipe and a live picture feed is sent to a technician. He or she is then able to see the inner workings of the pipe in vivid detail. When we perform camera sewer inspection in Seattle, we look for several major issues:

  • Collapsed lines

The cause of this can be twofold: Either the pipe is too old, or it was improperly installed to the point where it gets crushed under the weight of the ground or objects above it.

  • Blocked pipes

Whether a property is residential or commercial, problematic materials (grease, hair, food, etc.) can build up and result in sewer pipe clogs.

  • Leaks and cracks of all sizes

Even a small crack and leak is a big concern; it can blow up into a huge problem in the long run.

  • Tree infiltration

This tends to be a problem in Seattle. The trees are gorgeous, but their roots can get into pipes and cause blockages and damage.

  • Pipe corrosion

Rust is a corrosive enemy of pipes!

The Benefits of Camera Sewer Inspection in Seattle

Really, non-invasive camera technology is advantageous anywhere; however, since we spend all our time in the Greater Seattle and Puget Sound area, we know what matters most to our clientele:


Traditional (or maybe we should call it “old school”) methods for sewer inspection involve digging into the ground or a wall and somewhat guesstimating where the issue is. Obviously, you can imagine how much longer this takes than just snaking a high-tech camera through a pipe.


Excavation is expensive. Not to mention, you have to pay even more to repair the disturbed ground, yard, or wall. Inspection with a camera doesn’t require this kind of work. We’re talking possibly thousands of dollars in savings here!


When you enlist Price Busters Plumbing to perform your camera sewer inspection in Seattle, you benefit from the best service and technology in the industry. In real-time, our technicians are able to get an incredibly clear picture of the condition of your sewer line.   

It’s worth noting that camera inspection isn’t just for diagnosing and fixing problems. The process is also great when purchasing a new home (helps in determining value) or performing a bathroom remodel (locating drain lines). Plus, it’s useful in simply checking the state of your sewer system for maintenance or preventative reasons.

Price Busters is your go-to source for sewer care as well as all other plumbing needs. We have a fleet of expert technicians who are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We take great pride in our work, so much so that our parts and services come with a 1-year guarantee. Our whole team is friendly, experienced, dependable, affordable, and up-to-date on the top plumbing brands, technologies, and techniques. We can assist with everything from general maintenance to full-blown plumbing emergencies.

Entrust your pipes with specialists you know you can trust! Price Busters is the only plumber to call for camera sewer inspection in Seattle!

Last update of the article: 05/25/2020.

Sewer Cleaning & Inspection in Seattle: Here’s How Often You Need To Get it Done

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Seattle’s heavy rainfall and abundant tree growth aren’t the only reasons to be on top of sewer inspection and cleaning. Sewer line inspection Seattle has a huge hidden cost that many property owners don’t know about.

Alert! Sewer Line Inspections in Seattle

Homeowners in Seattle are in a uniquely tricky situation compared to those in other cities. Here, property owners are held responsible for repairs to the entire length of side-sewer pipe that connects a home to the main line. Don’t think you’re just having a pipe fixed or replaced either; repair costs also include excavation and street or sidewalk resurfacing. Total costs can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. The Seattle Times offers a deeper look into the situation, and makes clear that the consequences of a sewer line failure aren’t limited to dollars and cents; they also mean lots of raw sewage spilling out into the street.

The Basics

Homes 10 or more years old

Homes of this age should get an inspection (and cleaning as needed) roughly every six months. If that seems like a lot, don’t forget the cost of a major repair. Besides, technological advances in the field have made real-time video inspection possible. Any issues can be diagnosed on the spot.

If your home is newer than 10 years old, you only need to get an inspection once a year

If you’re moving to a new home, be sure to get an inspection before you move in, or else you could wind up with an expensive problem before you move in. Seattle utility officials have recommended budgeting $10,000 to $40,000 for sewer repairs to new home purchases. Invest a little bit of money in an inspection and you may save yourself loads more.

The specific benefits of regular sewer inspections and cleaning

Prevent and treat backups

Non-invasive video inspections are the industry standard for sewer inspection and allow problems to be diagnosed almost immediately. If any clogs are blockages are identified, they can be water jetted away to prevent sewage backups in your home.

Early diagnoses

Especially when it comes to sewer repair in Seattle, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular cleanings will give you and your sewer inspector a clear sense of what’s going on underground and what problems you may be able to anticipate having to invest in.

Improve sewer line longevity

You probably don’t think about it very often, but your sewer line is one of the most important parts of your home. Think of how many times you’ve flushed your toilets today alone. If it weren’t for your sewer lines all that nasty stuff wouldn’t be going anywhere you didn’t carry it. Treat your sewer well and save yourself some (large amounts of) money and ensure your sewer line has the longest life it can.

If you think your home may be ready for a sewer cleaning or inspection, or even a repair, get in touch with us today!

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