Video camera for my sewer line?

Rescue Rooter cleaned up my sewer drain last week (I know nothing about sewers, so I just picked first company to do the job...). During the cleaning (which cost me whooping $254 for one hour of work!), guy mentioned to me that I might have broken sewer pipe under my driveway (which might be true - I also suspect that because of some other factors). He recommends me to run video camera into my pipe to see what is in there. I was wondering if anyone knows some other company that does it as well? - I am looking for someone who does video for free? - I most likely will have same guy who does video do the repairs.... I also need to have my sewers cleaned with "jet water" (whatever that means - I understand they run water down the pipe really fast...). House is in 94546 zip code. Can I also please have some range estimates? - One Co. gave me an estimate (geez - if I charge THAT per hour, I would be leaving next to Bill G.!), another company wants $29.99 just to give an estimate - ridiculous. Estimates should be free... So, what would be the range for the job? I think I might have problem with either with pipe or with "container" (pipe from house to place covered by "gate" that hosts "container" and then from "container" to street). My neighbors keep telling me that they think water from my sewer gets on their property, so I sort of need camera inside for all of us to have peace of mind.

Asked By: zoobrenok - 9/17/2007
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I did this for years. they are trying to "sell" you a job. how many times has your sewer line backed up in the last few years? if is backs up often, you might want to have a camera job done. but be sure to be there when you do it and watch. Most sewer lines have minor problems like "bellies" and "humps". I highly... More
Answered By: Rusty S - 9/17/2007
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I highly doubt that you will find anyone that would do it for free. Those guys get paid by the job and no charge = no pay.
Answered By: ryankneale - 9/17/2007
The equipment to see inside the pipe is very expensive. You won't find anyone doing it free. Getting an estimate on this type work is worthless (except to the person getting paid) because unless he has x-ray vision, he can't tell you anything.
Answered By: sensible_man - 9/17/2007
Rusty has some good points. I would not do anything until it backed up again or started doing it frequently. If your line is PVC then there is virtually no reason to jet, unless you pour alot of grease down the drain because few things will stick to the PVC anyway. As far as it leaking onto your neighbors property... More
Answered By: Walt - 9/18/2007
Look in the yellow pages for sewer companies that do replacement lines without digging up yhe old. "Trenchless" They'll run a camera anyou can watch. I've had it done twice at two houses. They will charge by the foot. Stay away from the "rooter companies" They all over-charge! I'm at 94530 and 94598
Answered By: EDWARD H K - 9/22/2007
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