What's the Cost for Sewer Line Camera Inspections

With over 6 years as a professional plumber, I'm often asked what a sewer line camera inspection costs. There are several factors that impact the price charged for video inspecting underground sewer pipes.

Why Inspect Sewer Lines with a Camera

Inserting a camera into a sewer line allows visually assessing the pipe condition without destroying walls or floors. Any issues like:
  • Cracks, fractures or holes
  • Root intrusion
  • Blockages
  • Collapsing or sagging pipes
Can be identified with sewer camera footage. Catching small problems early with video inspection helps avoid major pipe failures down the road.
Key Factors Impacting Sewer Camera Inspection Cost
As a plumbing professional, these are the main things that influence what I charge for sewer line video inspection:
  • Pipe length - Longer pipes take more time, cable, and work to inspect.
  • Pipe size - Larger pipes are easier for camera access than smaller pipes.
  • Pipe condition - Heavily damaged pipes require more careful maneuvering.
  • Access - More cleanouts means faster inspections. Limited access increases costs.
  • Location - Labor rates are higher in cities versus rural areas.
  • Reports - Customers may request detailed written reports with images.
  • Emergency service - Same or next day rush inspections often cost more.
"A drain pipe camera allows identifying and addressing minor drain issues before they become major expensive problems."

Average Sewer Camera Inspection Costs

Typical costs range from:
  • Main sewer line for a home - $250 to $400
  • Larger commercial building - $400 to $700
  • Simple straight pipe - On the lower end
  • Long damaged pipe - On the higher end
  • Weekend or rush service - $100 to $150 additional
I recommend homeowners budget $300 to $500 on average to inspect a home sewer line with a camera.
  • During pre-purchase home inspections.
  • After sewer backups to check for pipe damage.
  • Before finishing a basement or remodeling.
  • To confirm repairs corrected any issues.
  • Every few years as preventative maintenance.

When a Sewer Camera Inspection is Advised

As a professional plumber, I recommend sewer line camera inspections:
The small upfront cost can avoid much larger emergency sewer repair expenses down the road. Identifying and addressing problems early is always the smart move for homeowners.