What Is A Sewer Scope Inspection?

 A sewer scope inspection can help you avoid investing in a home that has serious issues within the sewer system.

The main sewer line connects the home to your city sewage system, carrying wastewater away efficiently and safely. When this plumbing component doesn’t work correctly, you can experience clogged drains, odors and even sewage into the home. Without a sewer scope, it can be difficult to tell whether your sewer line is in good shape or likely to be problematic and cost thousands of dollars.

A Sewer Scope Inspection is when a trained professional inspects your sewer line with a specialized, flexible camera that feeds video of the sewer line to a monitor. The camera allows the inspector to examine the sewer lines for any imperfections, or serious problems.

The entire process usually takes approximately 15-30 minutes altogether. After this, your inspector will inform you of the findings, and issue a report documenting the condition of the sewer line.

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Should I Get A Sewer Scope Inspection?

 Absolutely. A sewer line is often one of the most costly defects to repair in a home. They are often overlooked because they are below ground and out of sight out of mind. Getting a sewer scope inspection can help you avoid investing in a home that has serious issues with the sewer/septic system.

Signs You Should Get A Sewer Scope

  • You’re purchasing a new home: If you’re investing in new property, it makes sense to get a separate sewer line inspection to prevent costly repairs later. An inspection can also help detect any leaks which may be contaminating your property with sewage and may be expensive to fix.
  • You’re experiencing consistent backups or blockages: If you notice ongoing problems, such as odors or stubbornly clogged drains, a sewer inspection is an effective way to determine if there’s a larger problem at play.
  • You have an older home: You may not think about your sewer line often, but many things can happen underground. Tree roots can grow into the pipe, causing damage and cracks. The components can break down over time. If you live in a home that’s over 50 years old and you haven’t had an inspection in a while, it’s a smart investment to make.
  • Large trees in the yard: One of the most common causes of sewer pipe damage is the growth of roots around the pipe. Roots can grow around and constrict the pipe, breaking it, or grow into small cracks in the pipe, clogging it or causing leaks.
  • Extra-green or lush patches of grass: This is a common sign of a septic or sewer leak. Given its contents, sewer water is actually a powerful fertilizer that can help encourage plant growth. If you see a suspiciously healthy-looking area of the yard, especially if the rest of the lawn seems to be less lush or green, you should be suspicious.

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Even if you don’t see any of these above issues, we would still recommend a sewer scope inspection. More minor issues with the sewer line may have few or no symptoms at all – but still cost thousands to repair.

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Sewer Scope Inspection Results – What To Look For

 Wondering what we look for during the inspection?

  • Cracks, damage or imperfections in the line
  • The type of material used for the line (clay, concrete, plastic, metal, etc)
  • Roots growing through the line
  • Separation or failure of the line
  • Potential damage or issues with the septic tank (if present)