Sewer Scope Inspections
One of the most often-overlooked inspections when purchasing a new home is a sewer scope inspection. Despite the fact that a damaged sewer line can cost thousands of dollars to repair, many people do not have a sewer scope inspection, since it is not typically included in the cost of a standard home inspection. However, a sewer scope inspection can save you quite a bit of money, and give you valuable peace of mind.
What Is A Sewer Scope Inspection? How Does It Work?
A sewer scope inspection is exactly what it sounds like. A professional inspector will inspect the sewer line of your home by inserting a flexible borescope camera into your pipes. Then, the camera will be guided into the sewer line, which drains your home’s wastewater into the sewer system.
Using this camera, the inspector will perform a comprehensive inspection of the sewer line, and look for things like cracks, damage to the lines, roots that have grown through the pipe, and any other potential concerns. The process takes about an hour. Then, your inspector will tell you what they have found, and provide you with a comprehensive, written report about the sewer line’s condition.
What Are The Signs I Need A Sewer Scope Inspection
Everyone who is purchasing a home should have a sewer scope inspection. Periodic sewer scope inspections are also a good idea if you own a home, to ensure your pipe is in good condition. A few signs and indications that an inspection may be needed include:
- Water that is backing up inside the house.
- Large trees that are growing near the sewer line area. Their roots may constrict or damage the pipe.
- A home that was built 25+ years ago, which could have clay sewer pipes. Clay sewer pipes can be easily damaged.
- There are extremely green and lush patches of grass near the area where the sewer pipe runs, indicating a leak.