Sewer Scope Inspections

CURRENT REPORT TIMEFRAME: Reports are on-schedule and being delivered by the following business day.

Sewer line failures are among the costliest repairs a homeowner can face. Every home has a sewer line, and every sewer line can become blocked or damaged. Unfortunately, this high-cost component is entirely hidden from view. If you are interested in sewer scoping as part of your real estate purchase, be sure to speak to your Realtor® for all the information on what may or may not be applicable to your situation and permitted and/or negotiable per your real estate transaction contract.

How Do I Know If I Should Get A Sewer Scope Performed?

The short answer is, “it is always recommended to get a sewer scoping during a real estate transaction.” Old and new homes alike have the potential for sewer line blockages and other issues. We have seen tree roots that have broken through the sewer drain and caused an obstruction, as well as deterioration of older materials—such as clay—used in older constructions. We have even seen brand new homes with cracked pipes and/or with “bellies”—areas where the pipe dips causing water to pool—because construction equipment was driven over the lawn of the home during construction. Some signs that you may wish to have a sewer scope performed include:
Acting quickly when these signs are present may help prevent bigger, more costly problems down the road.

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What Is The Process For This Inspection?

Our inspector will find the sewer drainpipe and attempt to remove the cleanout cap; if the cap removes easily, they will insert the camera and begin recording a high-quality video which will be delivered to you as a digital copy. If for any reason the cleanout cap does not easily remove, our inspector will let you know and explain your options, one of which is to remove a toilet* and gain access to the drain from there.

Please Note: If you are not the current homeowner, you cannot give permission to have a toilet removed. In this rare circumstance, we would need to get in contact with the seller or the seller’s agent to get permission. There would be an additional cost associated with the extra work.

Does This Have To Be Requested During The Scheduling Process, Or Can It Be Added At The Inspection?

You would need to let us know at the time of scheduling if you would like this service added so we may coordinate with our inspector to ensure they have ample to to retrieve the equipment from our office. This also ensures that all of your reports are received within your contingency deadlines; deciding to add this service on at a later time could mean that we are not available for several days, and may not be available within your contingency window, leaving you unable to negotiate for certain repairs.