What’s that smell?
What’s that smell?
We take modern indoor plumbing systems for granted…until that awful smell and the sight of effluent gushing from a floor drain appears or a toilet won’t flush and overflows no matter how much plunger effort is used. Our research and experience found fixing these problems can cost thousands of dollars. One builder reported spending more than $40,000. Repairs could even entail digging up a finely manicured lawn and the headache that comes with getting that put back right.
A blocked sewer line is always the prime suspect. All kinds of things from construction can cause that disaster. The question is where is it and what is it. The solution is to have someone run a camera through your main sewer line to spot the trouble before it has a chance to back up. Your plumber may offer this service, but so does Performance Point. There are benefits to having a 3rd party run a camera through the line and maintain a video record of that inspection, but really anyone with a trained eye can spot possible problems.
We recently introduced this new service to nip that problem in the bud in the construction phase. Our President, Sam Galphin has been sending out notices to announce the service. We have simply dubbed it “DrainCam.”
Here’s what it is and how it works:
“The DrainCam service consists of a visual inspection of the sewer line from the first-floor indoor cleanout, past the last outside cleanout, and all the way to the sewer connection whenever that location can be reached. The inspection uses a specially designed lighted, waterproof camera on a rigid push cable that can traverse multiple plumbing bends in one run. Several runs may be necessary to cover the entire sewer line distance depending on job site conditions.”
In fact, we have a dedicated team that will come to your job site.
“DrainCam inspections are only performed by an employee who has received specialized training to access the sewer line, operate the equipment, and identify plumbing blockages or catches.” When a blockage or catch is identified the builder is alerted and sent a report that contains video files of the actual problem and an idea of where that problem is. One of Performance Point’s DrainCam operators reported seeing objects such as “pieces of brick, nails, and screws through the sewer line, many lines are broken because heavy equipment is driven across the yard, and there was one tape measure” Any of these things can cause a backup months after construction and leave the builder liable for repairs and a damaged reputation.
As the old saying goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Interested in this service or curious to learn more? Reach out today!
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