What is a Sewer Scope Inspection?

To inspect the main sewer line from the house to the public sewer system for possible problems, a special sewer video camera is inserted into the main sewer line cleanout. Then everything is watched on a monitor, and our sewer scope inspectors sometimes record a video or take pictures of any issues within the pipes. 

graphic showing a damaged sewer line

3 Signs Your Main Sewer Line is Clogged

The sooner you recognize the warning signs of main sewer line blockage and call for a sewer line inspection, the better. Clogs in the main sewer line that goes ignored or unnoticed can lead to costly repairsbut can also expose your family to contaminated waterHere are a few signs of possible issues:

  • Multiple backed-up drains. If more than one drain is slow-moving, gurgling, smells bad, or has water backing up, this most likely indicates a main sewer line clog.
  • Water overflows into different plumbing fixtures. This happens because water from one branch line tries to drain away, but the main sewer clog blocks it and forces it to back up into other smaller drains.
  • Drainage in sewer clean out. Remove the clean out cap. If there is sewer water flowing out of the pipe or standing in the pipe, this also indicated you have a sewer line clog.

Damage to Sewer Lines from Tree Roots

Tree roots are the primary cause of clogged sewer line, especially in an older homes. Lots of homeowners have broken-down drains in the ground that have tree roots in them. Experts say slow flowing drains and gurgling noises from your toilet bowls are the first signs that your sewer system is being affected by tree roots. If you don’t take some action to remove the roots, a complete sewer line block will occur.

graphic showing tree roots infiltrating a sewer line