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Buying a home is an exciting time and home owners can become overwhelmed with the amount of items and components that need to be thought about before purchasing a home. Generally, most home owners overlook the sewer systems as it is a component that we can not physically see and for the most part assume it is working the way it was meant to. There would be nothing worse then buying a home and then finding out later your sewer system is defected and needs to be completely replaced and having to fork out thousands of more dollars to repair it.

A sewer scope inspection could save new home buyers a lot of money, trouble, and headaches down the road. The examination involves a special camera that is snaked down into the sewer system while the operator watches the images from a video monitor.

Listed below are the four most common issues we catch in a sewer line inspection:

  1. Detect Tree Roots- Roots can grow into sewer lines and split or plug the pipes. The tree roots get into the system through tiny cracks and small openings in the lines. If the invasion is not too bad, a simple chemical treatment may quickly solve the problem. However, if the damage has been happening for a long time and is extensive, it may require new pipes.
  2. Still Connected to Sewer System- Older homes were often built on septic systems that involved holding tanks and leach fields. As time progressed, cities installed public waste disposal systems and required homeowners to connect to them. Homeowners may not be aware that the property was never connected to the public sewer main. An inspection will reveal what type of disposal system the home is on.
  3. Collapsed Pipes- In some communities, older homes that are built before the 30s and up to the 60s-70s were made with sewer lines that do not meet today’s standards. These older pipes can degrade and collapse as they naturally age over time. The camera would detect any failing components.
  4. Quality Plumbing- It gives buyers peace of mind to see that the sewer lines are in good shape. A sewer line inspection showing that pipes are not collapsed, clogged, or damaged can be a high selling point for sellers and a relief for many buyers.

Getting a sewer scope inspection is always a good idea for home sellers and home owners. We recommend home owners schedule an inspection periodically for maintenance so they know the current condition of their sewer lines and if you are buying your home to definitely get one before purchasing your property so you are not hit with unexpected cost of problems. Give us a call today to schedule your sewer scope inspection!


Home Inspection Woodbury | Home Inspector 952 583 9690