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Camera Snakes Should You Rent Or Buy

Camera Snakes Should You Rent Or Buy

Learn whether it’s better to rent or purchase your own snake camera

Pipe inspections and products like a camera snake that perform them can save you lots of money on a big plumbing repair, but that’s just a small part of the job. It’s important to understand how they are best used before you decide if you want to buy one. You can also rent a snake camera for plumbing, and this could help you identify a plumbing problem, however you might still have to hire a plumber to resolve the problem.

What is a camera snake?

A camera snake is a small and flexible camera with a long neck that is narrow enough to fit down a drain and can navigate its way through some of the twists and turns to get a look inside the pipe as it dissappears into a wall or foundation. A camera snake is more durable and able to be inserted further down a pipe than a regular borescope. Plumbers offer pipe inspection services with this device to get to the point in a pipe where a clog or break may exist in the hopes they can remedy the problem with as little invasive work as possible. Instead of digging up the whole pipe, the plumber can identify what the problem is and just dig up where the leak or break is.

What types of projects are snake cameras used for?

A camera snake is a tool plumbers use to shed some light on whether they are dealing with a tree root infiltration; a broken, cracked, or collapsed pipe; major blockage of grease, sediment, or paper; or sagging pipes, causing buildup & eventual blockage. Camera snakes can help a plumber make an accurate diagnosis of an expensive problem without invasive and destructive inspection. Some may ask, “is a camera snake worth it?” but keep in mind the alternative is to dig up the whole pipe to see where it’s leaking - a very labor intensive and destructive process that’s also quite expensive.

How much do camera snake rentals typically cost?

If you’ve determined you need to do a drain camera rental, the cost can range anywhere from $200 up to $1,000 a day depending on the device. Most camera snake rentals are intended to be used by professional plumbers, not consumers, so they can be expensive. Plumbing camera rental cost also depends on where you live and who you call. Most inspection camera rentals are based on a per-day fee, so if you need the pipe inspection camera for more than one day the expense will go up.

How much does it cost to purchase a Teslong camera snake?

There are a couple of options when you purchase a Teslong camera snake, but altogether a complete setup can cost around $800. Teslong camera snakes are built tough for professional use in dirty environments. Consumers could buy them, but unless you know you are going to use it enough to justify the expense we recommend hiring a plumber who can perform the job for you.

Should you rent a camera snake or buy your own?

The first thing you need to realize is that a camera snake usually doesn’t solve the problem, it can identify what the problem is and where it is located. For instance if your drain is backing up really bad you can hire a plumber to use a camera snake and identify that the blockage is caused by roots in your  pipe and also that the blockage occurs in an area under your front lawn. This is very helpful to know because now the plumber knows where to dig, but it still doesn’t fix the pipes. Using a snake camera can save time, money, and reduce the amount of digging that a plumber does, but it doesn’t fix the problem - the plumber still has to do that. Oftentimes, it is just best to hire a plumber who owns a camera snake and knows how to use it. 

Shop Teslong camera snakes today!

Teslong camera snakes are professional tools built tough to solve dirty plumbing problems. If you are a plumber or need to get to the bottom of a bad plumbing situation fast then shop Teslong camera snakes today!


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