Back in the old days of plumbing inspection, plumbers had one of two choices. 

A) They could use a snake or other tool and drive down into the plumbing system to make an educated guess of what was wrong with your drain. 

B) They could physically climb down into areas wide enough, like an outside drain or septic area, to inspect the system.

In either case, the job was inaccurate or time-consuming, and homeowners had to pay extra in time and labor costs. Those days are over, as technology has found a way to inspect plumbing and drainage systems without the guesswork or the long assessment period. 

Video camera inspections take the guesswork out of the job, and Drain Blaster Bill’s Sewer and Drain Cleaning team has a comprehensive guide on this advanced method and some recommended drain cleaning services to keep your plumbing in great shape! 

The Features & Benefits of Video Camera Inspection

Today's plumbers have learned how to utilize advanced video camera technology to locate and identify problems within the plumbing. Waterproof and impact-resistant cameras can now be fed through the pipes until they reach the problem area.  The cameras take footage of blocked or damaged pipes. The footage is then viewed wirelessly on a separate device like a computer or smartphone.

Once viewed, technicians can determine precisely where the problem lies and the most appropriate method for fixing it. A video cuts the time to inspect a plumbing system in half and allows the contractors to quickly unblock or repair the damage. This method, in turn, also saves the homeowner time and allows them to get back to their daily routine.

With Video Cameras, There is No Guesswork

Plumbers often have a difficult time identifying plumbing problems. For instance, a plumber may be convinced that running a snake down a pipe will fix a problem because he or she is convinced that the blockage may be caused by normal items such as hair, grease, etc. The reality, however, is that the pipe is damaged and blocked by a root deep in the system. Now, the plumber has misdiagnosed the problem and has wasted time and money (and may pass on that expense to you).

Video cameras eliminate the guesswork involved in analyzing a plumbing system issue. High-definition cameras provide accurate information every time. This allows the plumber to proceed with the necessary repair or adjustment. You will never have to worry again about whether the technician did the work right the first time.

The result is the practicality of making a faster repair, which not only gets the system up and running more quickly but also results in a lower repair bill based on an hourly rate charged for the job.

What Types of Drain Cleaning Services Are There? 

Once the inspection identifies the issues, there are two types of professional cleaning options we recommend:

Traditional Drain Cleaning

Traditional drain cleaning uses chemicals to dissolve certain obstructions, most notably hair, that accumulate in drains. Occasionally, such obstructions build up when solvents are no longer efficient to clear the issue, and a physical means has to be incorporated to clear the drain. 

Known in professional jargon as a “snake,” a heavy but flexible wire is inserted through the drain to drill it out, in a sense, removing the clog. For most common drain clogs, such a traditional method is the go-to as it is quick and efficient for practical usage.

Jet Water Cleaning

Jet water cleaning is another advanced technology that allows faster and more efficient drain cleaning. The traditional snake can damage certain modern and especially eco-friendly piping, and the water jet solves such a problem. 

Using pressurized water and appropriate cleaning solutions, the water jet can remove clogs without causing damage to the actual drain system. The water jet is a proven means of performing routine maintenance before problems occur and a way to address a specific problem should it arise.

Need Professional Drain Cleaning Services? Drain Blaster Bill has You Covered

Keeping your drains clean doesn't have to be a headache. If you are looking for professional residential or commercial services in Inver Grove Heights or the surrounding Minnesota area, Drain Blaster Bill's Sewer and Draining Cleaning is a trusted name in the Twin Cities because we make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with the job.

Our team is happy to answer all your questions. If you need to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (763) 913-8719 or reach out to us online today.