Sewer Inspection in Castro Valley

Fast & dependable sewer inspection services throughout the East Bay

Need a sewer inspection in Castro Valley?

There’s an easier way to find the source of a sewer clog than digging up your yard or tearing down the drywall. A video sewer line inspection can find clogs, leaks, and other issues deep within your sewer pipes, allowing your plumber to quickly diagnose a variety of sewer-related problems. Our team can often provide sewer line clean outs and sewer repair services in the same trip, saving you time and money.

Our sewer inspection team is available for service in Castro Valley, Hayward, Union City and beyond. Just give us a call and we’ll handle the rest.

Reasons to Call For a Sewer Line Inspection

  • Main line clogs and stoppages
  • Slow drain lines
  • Constant need for rooter service
  • Poor outside drainage
  • bad smells coming from drains
  • Sewage backed up through exterior floor drains
  • Clogs caused by specific items that you want to recover
  • Sudden water bill increases
  • Required before listing your home for sale in several cities
a video sewer line inspection in Fremont, CA

Castro Valley Requires Sewer Certifications

According to the Castro Valley Sanitation District, all properties in Castro Valley require a Sewer Lateral Compliance Certificate before the close of escrow. Many other cities in the Bay Area require similar certifications before buying or selling a property. 

Our team can help you navigate this process and get the certification you need.

How Do Sewer Video Inspections Work?

Before we used video cameras to locate leaks, plumbers would often have to tear up backyards. We also may have use colored dyes to try to discover which fixture (sink, toilet, or shower) is connected to the leaking pipe. But, these were slow and imprecise methods.

Sewer video inspections are simpler and more accurate. A sewer video line is just a small camera mounted onto the end of a long line. The line is flexible but also self-correcting and rigid enough to be passed down the pipe.

A plumber can turn the line around corners in the pipes and extend the line as far as it needs to go. Of course, the video line has a light so you can see the condition of the pipes. It also auto-focuses.

When the plumber finds a clog, they leave the video line in place for a moment. They then use a locator device on the outside of the pipe that will indicate exactly where the line is. They mark the line, and can then access the pipe at the exact right spot.

You can buy a video line to inspect your own pipes, but the versions sold to homeowners are usually short and have poor video quality. They may help you find clogs close to fixtures but aren’t going to give you a thorough picture of your pipe’s condition or help you find clogs that are further away. They also don’t come with indicator devices.

I finally found a plumbing company that I can trust will do the job. Keith first came out and inspected my sewer problem and promptly typed up an estimate.  Since my problem was a bit urgent, he quickly freed up his schedule to accommodate me.  His explained exactly what he needed to do and finished the work in one day.  It was a big job!  I’m thrilled that I finally have a plumbing service that I can trust.  I’m going to keep Smart Choice Plumbing in my contacts and share with my neighbors. Prices are good too!

Kim G., Los Gatos, CA

The Benefits of Sewer Line Camera Services

Using a video camera for sewer line inspection lets your plumber:

  • Scope sewer lines to see their type and condition, and see if they require replacement
  • Discover sewer capacity, which is useful if you’re adding a bathroom or expanding your home
  • See the size and composition of any drain clogs, for more effective removal
  • Discover if the blockage is in your home pipes or in the city’s pipes
  • Mark out where sewer lines are located so you can avoid them during renovations
  • Find leaks or potential leaks in your sewer main
sewer line inspection using Ridgid tools

How Much Does Sewer Inspection in Castro Valley Cost?

A sewer inspection in Castro Valley costs $375 from Smart Choice Plumbing if clean out is available. The time it takes to conduct this inspection can vary depending on your home and how quickly we can locate your clog if that is your aim. If you have questions about your sewer video inspection, please feel free to reach out to us.

Castro Valley’s Sewer Lateral Ordinance

In Castro Valley, any property sold is required to comply with Ordinance 179, which requires a Sewer Lateral Compliance Certificate before the close of escrow. 

Learn more about the private sewer lateral program on the Castro Valley Sanitary District’s website.

Fast & Effective Sewer Cleaning

Most of the time, all it takes is a thorough sewer cleaning to bring your lateral back to full working condition. Cleaning your sewer drain with high-pressure jetters can effectively clear drain lines clogged with grease, debris, and other kinds of obstructions. Regular sewer cleaning can also be done preemptively to keep your plumbing system running trouble-free. 

Sewer jetter clears obstructions

Sewer Repair Services

In many cases, a sewer video inspection will find that only minor repairs or service is necessary to get your sewer lateral back to full working order. In this case, sewer jetting or snaking are often the best options, since they can quickly and affordably remove the majority of clogs.

In other cases, full sewer lateral replacement may be necessary. For that, we generally recommend trenchless sewer repair, as it can be performed quickly and with minimal damage to your landscaping.

Learn more about our sewer repair options or call today to speak with a plumber.