The Holidays can wreak havoc on your home’s drain lines. From holiday foods being carelessly thrown down your drains to guests abusing your water appliances, there are lots of reasons you might find your drains a little slow these days.
And now you might be wondering if you need a sewer line inspection. So how much would that cost you?
Well, a sewer inspection in Florida can cost anywhere from $150 to $800. But the average cost is around $350. Some plumbers may charge a flat fee for the job but most will charge according to various factors.
We’ll take a look at some of the factors that affect the cost of a Florida sewer inspection. But first, let’s look at some of the reasons you might need a camera inspection in the first place.
First off, do you actually need a camera sewer inspection?
Camera inspections are incredibly helpful for plumbers; they give them X-ray vision to see inside your drains. But when exactly is that service worth the cost?
Situations in which a camera inspection is worth the cost (and can actually save you lots of $) include:
1) If a slow or clogged drain can’t be fixed with a traditional drain auger
When you have a clogged drain and call a plumber, they’ll usually attempt to clear the pipe with a drain auger. A drain auger, also called a “plumber’s snake”, is basically a long, flexible tool with a sharp, rotating head that breaks up clogs.
When this snake-like tool can’t do the job, the plumber can use a camera inspection to determine how far down the clog is and which tool might be best for the job.
2) If you’re buying a new home
Homeowners are responsible for the their home’s sewer lines up until it connects with the city’s main sewer line. But here’s the thing: standard home inspections don’t include checking the conditions of the home’s piping system.
So, if you’re a smart home buyer you’ll invest in a sewer inspection so that you can make an educated decision when it comes to whether or not you’ll buy a home.
Some expensive piping problems that a camera inspection can catch include:
- “Bellied” piping (piping that sags in a specific area)
- Old, corroding pipes
- Root-infested pipes
- Broken, bent or flat pipes
3) If you’re thinking about remodeling
If you’re thinking about adding onto your home and that addition includes new plumbing appliances, you’ll first want to get permits from your city. But then, you’d be wise to get a camera inspection of your pipes.
Why? Well, a camera inspection can show you the current condition of your main sewer line and tell you whether or not it can handle additional secondary lines and increased water traffic.
4) If your drains clog frequently
If your drains seem to clog often, you probably have an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. A camera inspection allows the plumber to detect where there might be problem areas in your piping (such as tree roots) and can offer professional advice to fix any issues.
If you’re experiencing any of the above problems, you’re mind’s probably already wandered back to that whole price thing. So let’s take a closer look at what you might be expected to pay for this service.
Factors that affect the price of a sewer camera inspection
The majority of plumbers determine the price of a sewer inspection based on various factors. Some of those factors include:
- The length of the drain that needs to be inspected
- Difficulty of access (if they have to go through the roof, crawl space, etc.)
- Removal of toilet
- Whether the images are recorded/turned into DVD or just sent to monitor for real-time viewing
- If the camera inspection is done in conjunction with another job or if it’s done separately
Need a sewer inspection in Florida?
If you’ve determined that you’ll need a sewer inspection, we’re here to help.
Just contact us with the details and we’ll respond right away with a fair quote.