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In order to perform a sewer scope inspection smoothly and effectively, certain protocols should be followed. To begin, run water in all locations to flush out the sewer lines. This will ensure that your camera equipment will have lubrication and will not catch on any debris. Additionally, the water will float the camera, which will allow it to be pushed through the line more easily. If you haven’t already, be sure to establish the location of the access point and check for leaks at the access/cleanout.

Before inserting the scope into the sewer line, there are a few essential steps that must be taken:

  1. Drop cloths should be placed in the work area to prevent dirtying the property or contaminating the surrounding soil.
  2. All camera equipment should be set up near the access location.
  3. Photos and/or video of the cleanout and camera’s location and setup should be taken.
  4. The camera equipment should be inspected for damage (loose camera head, cracked components, etc.).
  5. Remove the cleanout and turn on the camera, reset the counter, insert the USB drive and begin to record.
  6. Before inserting the camera into the line, scan around the room or area. It’s important to confirm and record the location of the sewer line so that the property owner can be assured that the sewer line is actually theirs (and that there was no mix-up between video recordings, etc.).

At this point, you may begin the scope.  During this process, do the following:

  1. While pushing the scope through the sewer line, make sure to pause at defects for at least five to 10 seconds so that you can document them.
  2. CAUTION:  Do not force the camera through any obstruction.
  3. When the camera reaches the tap (the end of the section of the pipe that the property owner owns), turn off the water.
  4. IMPORTANT:  While conducting the sewer scope, do not enter the backflow device, city tap, or septic tank.
  5. Begin to pull the camera back while it is still recording.
  6. Once the camera is pulled out completely, scan the room or area again.
  7. Re-install the cleanout.
  8. Turn the water back on to check for leaks.

Be sure to check the camera head and clean your equipment before and after every scope.