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DC Water does not charge for camera inspections of its sewer lines. When we investigate for a blocked sewer line, we first place dye in the building to see if it comes out through the sewer lines. We also will place dye within the storm drain to see if it runs smoothly from one part of the street to another. If there is an obstruction, and we need to use a closed circuit TV camera to inspect the inside of the pipe, we do not charge for that service. If an obstruction is found and it is in the public space, DC water makes the repairs at no charge to the customer. If the obstruction is on the private side of the property line, then repairs are the responsibility of the property owner.
If an obstruction is found, and there is uncertainty about where it begins and ends with respect to the private vs. public property boundary, then sometimes a plumbing contractor hired by the property owner will run a plumbing snake out to measure the distance of the obstruction. That might possibly be the reason for the $450 fee you were quoted. However, this fee is paid to the contractor, not DC Water.
If you are having trouble with your sewer plumbing, please call us at (202)612-3400 for assistance and advice specific to your situation.