Many home buyers are familiar with and understand the importance of a home inspection. But what about a Sewer Line Inspection? It’s almost an afterthought, if a thought at all. Its always best to find out if a sewer line needs repair or replacement before buying a home, not after.
The purpose of a sewer line inspection is to determine the condition of the lines and if the system is functioning as intended. A sewer line inspection is recommended for any home more than 20 years old. While this may seem fairly new compared to a home built in the 1950s, 20 years is plenty of time for roots to completely block a line. Sewer inspection is highly recommended for homes on a property with large or mature trees regardless of the age.
What can you expect to find during a sewer inspection?
We hope you find a pristine, structurally sound, clear flowing line. However, that is not always the case. Camera inspections pinpoint problems like these:
- Broken, cracked or collapsed pipe — damaged pipes requiring repair or replacement
- Offset pipe — sewer pipes have become misaligned due to shifting soil, frozen ground, settling, etc.
- Blockage — grease buildup or a foreign object is restricting or prohibiting proper flow and/or cleaning of the line
- Corrosion — the pipe has deteriorated and/or broken, causing sections to collapse and restrict water flow.
- Bellied pipe — a section of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions, creating a valley that collects paper and waste.
- Leaking joints — the seals between pipes have broken, allowing water to escape into the area surrounding the pipe.
- Root infiltration — tree or shrub roots have invaded the sewer line, preventing normal cleaning and/or roots have damaged the pipe.
- Off-grade pipe — existing pipes are constructed of substandard or outdated material that may have deteriorated or corroded.
How is a sewer scope conducted?
A video camera on the end of a long cable is fed into a clean-out, through the sewer line and sends images back to a monitor and recorded for later viewing. A stream of water from the house may be run through the pipes to make it easier to move the camera, but it is not necessary. This process takes up to 90 minutes and can be scheduled at the same time as your home inspection. A written summary and video footage will be provided to you at the completion of the inspection.
Looking for more information or have questions about your specific property? Contact our office at (877) HIP-3200 and speak with one of our staff or schedule your inspection today!