Drain Inspection: When and Why It's Necessary

Inspecting drains and drain pipes regularly is an important part of home maintenance. Clogged or damaged drains can lead to flooding, mold growth, and costly repairs if not addressed early. Here is an overview of when and why drain inspection is recommended.

Signs You Need a Drain Inspection

Some common signs that your drains need inspection include:
  • Slow draining sinks, tubs, or showers
  • Gurgling sounds from drains
  • Sewage odors coming from drains
  • Visible water damage or mold around drains
  • Clogged drains that don't clear with drain cleaner
If you notice any of these issues, it's time to call a professional plumber to inspect your drains.
Benefits of Regular Drain Inspections
Even if you aren't having noticeable drain problems, it's a good idea to have your drains inspected every year or two. Preventative drain inspection can identify issues before they become big problems. Benefits include:
  • Identify leaks, cracks, and clogs early
  • Assess condition of drain pipes
  • Check for root invasion in sewer lines
  • Ensure proper drainage slope and flow
  • Avoid emergency drain repairs
  • Regular inspection gives you peace of mind that your plumbing system is in good working order.
"A drain pipe camera allows identifying and addressing minor drain issues before they become major expensive problems."

What Does a Drain Inspection Entail

When you call for a drain inspection, a plumber will come to your home to thoroughly assess your drains and pipes. This usually involves:
  1. Visual Inspection. The plumber will look at all visible pipes, drains, and fixtures. They check for leaks, damage, clogs, and flow.
  2. Flushing. The plumber will run water through the drains to check for blockages. Long cables with cameras may also be used.
  3. Camera Inspection. A camera scope can be snaked down the drain pipes to see issues inside like cracks, clogs, and more.
  4. Water Flow Evaluation. Your plumber will make sure water flows properly and drains completely without any blockages or slow drainage.
  5. Sewer Scope. For sewer and main drain lines, a specialized waterproof camera is used to inspect the pipes. This thorough inspection identifies any damage or root intrusion.
  • What types of issues do you commonly find during inspections?
  • How can I prevent future drain clogs and damage?
  • Do my drain pipes need any repairs or replacements?
  • Are my sewer lines clear and flowing properly?
  • How often should I get my drains inspected?

Questions to Ask Your Drain Inspector

When meeting with a plumber for drain inspection, ask:
Don't wait until you have a plumbing emergency on your hands. Schedule yearly drain inspections with a qualified plumber to keep your drains and sewer lines clear and prevent costly repairs. Investing in regular drain inspections provides peace of mind and keeps your plumbing system operating smoothly.