How Do Plumbers Find Leaks? Water Leaks, Sewer Leaks, and Gas Leaks


Unpleasant odors and overflowing toilets are some of the common signs of a problem with a sewer system. Luckily, with the right camera and equipment, you can locate any sewer line, figure out what the problem is, and determine the best way to fix it.

Performing a Sewer Line Leak Inspection

Sewer lines are usually installed under the foundation of the house. A sewer pipe inspection camera and a locator are used to identify problems in the sewer pipes. As the locator wades through into the sewer lines, you can see everything happening in there with the help of the camera. A sewer pipe inspection camera can help you see the following issues in the sewer system:
  • Leaking pipe joints
  • Root intrusion
  • Bellies holding water and debris
  • Collapsed pipes
  • Cracked sewer lateral
  • Separated joints
Before you start, you might need to hydro jet or run a plumbing snake through the sewer line if it’s holding water.   Now, go to the outlet side of the two-way cleanout and set up your gear. Turn the transmitter and the locator on and insert the camera into the sewer line. Watch the live feed on the monitor for any irregularities in the sewer pipes as you move the camera along the sewer line. If you find something, like a crack or a bellied pipe, pause the camera and mark the spot. Using a rigid scout, now locate your marker above the ground. When you get level and directly above your marker, it will tell you how deep the sewer line is under the slab. You can show the footage to the client, explain the problem, and offer suggestions on how to fix it.

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