Sewer Scope Inspections
When most homeowners think of a “home inspection”, you may imagine a person with a clipboard reviewing everything above ground. What they don’t consider is “below-ground” inspections, including sewer scope inspections.
Most home inspections cover the basics; home insulation, ventilation, sealing, and construction elements are the standard items on the checklist for any certified professional. What many homeowners overlook is checking for problems below ground — namely in their plumbing and sewer systems.
What Is A Sewer Scope Inspection?
A sewer scope inspection can help you identify and prevent problems occurring in your home’s sewer systems. By using a special scope, home inspectors can review the interior of a sewer system’s plumbing and pipes. This lets them check for problems that currently exist or could arise in the future.
Sewer scope inspections are valuable to those who own their own properties, or prospective buyers looking to purchase a new home. A sewer scope inspection can help save thousands in repair costs down.
State of the Art Technology
A sewer scope inspection employs state of the art technology to get into the sewer and find the answers you need to make a smart decision.
At InspectUp, we pride ourselves on providing the most accurate information possible so your decision can be based on evidence. When you understand exactly what is happening in your home’s sewer system, you can help yourself prevent very expensive repair costs down the road.
Why Do I Need A Sewer Scope Inspection?
A sewer scope inspection is a great investment for current or prospective homeowners. Sewer line and plumbing issues can be some of the most expensive repairs to make on a home. In addition, repairs tend not to be made until the sewer line is already damaged. Too many homeowners find themselves stuck with non-functioning toilets and a massive bill to fix it all.
The cost of sewer line repairs far exceeds the cost of a sewer scope inspection in the first place. Most sewer line repairs charge by the length of the pipe that needs to be repaired, and costs can vary drastically between contractors. If the pipe is long and has significant damage, the costs can start jumping into the thousands very quickly. The last thing someone wants when they invest in a new home is to realize there is an additional $5,000 repair sitting underneath their house.
How To Know When I Need A Sewer Scope Inspection
There are a few common conditions that typically create a damaged sewer line:
Large trees on your property – Roots that grow around your pipes can cause longterm damage. If you live in a home, or are looking into a home, with large trees on the property (especially near the house), you may need an inspection.
Water backs up into basement, crawlspace, bathrooms – One sign that your sewer line is not in great condition is if it doesn’t transfer all the water that goes through it. If water keeps coming up in a home’s lower levels, like a basement or crawlspace, there’s a chance the sewer line is to blame. More obviously, if water keeps backing up into your toilets and/or sinks, there’s a good chance the sewer line needs an inspection.
Older homes – Homes built more than 30 years ago are typically subject to repairs. Sewer lines are a common source of problems for older homes, so be sure to get an inspection if a home is old and has not had one recently.