A sewer scope is an inspection of the lateral sewage line – from the property’s foundation to the city, HOA tap, or septic tank. The goal of a sewer scope is to identify and report faults in the lateral sewer line, as well as the materials used within the sewage system.
We look for any obstructions using a snake scope camera that is fed into one of your home’s drainage pipes. We can see your property’s sewage system with the live video provided by the camera. We report our findings to you. Anything suspicious needs to be investigated.
What We Look For
There are a few things that would cause us to expect an issue with damaged sewer pipes even without an inspection. If you notice any of these things in your home, you would benefit from having a sewer camera inspection performed:
- Water backing up inside the house or crawlspace
- Large trees in the yard which make root damage more likely
- House was built more than 25 years ago which are more likely to have clay pipes
- Noticeable shifting or movement of the ground around the home
- Extra-green or lush patches of grass
The types of issues we are looking for during a sewer camera inspection are:
- Serious clogs or blockages
- Cracks, damage or imperfections
- Corrosion in cast iron piping
- The type of material used (clay, concrete, plastic, metal, etc)
- Roots growing through the line
- Separation or failure of the materials
- Potential damage or issues with the septic tank
Is it Worth the Cost?
Most home inspections are performed for homebuyers as part of the purchase process – although we also regularly perform inspections on new homes being built, and annual maintenance inspections. Purchasing a home is a significant investment with an equally significant outlay of cash, so we know you’re wondering if adding one more cost to your closing is worth it.
The answer is yes. A home inspection is the best way for you to understand what repairs and maintenance – and the associated costs – may be expected in the near future. In the case of sewer lines, repairing a damaged line can cost around $250-$300 per foot of repaired line. Repairing an entire line or sewage system can quickly add up to thousands of dollars.
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