In older homes, sewer pipes were made from clay that can shift or crack over time, but it’s not only older homes that are susceptible to damaged underground piping.
In new construction, even though a sturdier PVC pipe is used for sewer lines, the settlement of the ground above the pipe can cause added strain or bends that can damage the pipes. In some situations, utility and construction delivery vehicles backing up to the house on the property can add enough weight to crack the PVC pipes.
Thanks to modern technology, the best way to inspect the sewer line is by using a non-invasive sewer scope. Adding a sewer scope inspection to your home inspection is a good investment, and can result in major savings, by being able to catch an intrusive tree root or a cracked pipe .
Why Conduct a Sewer Inspection?
As a homebuyer, you are probably aware of the standard steps in the process, such as a home inspection. A home inspection—as performed to state and InterNACHI guidelines—is looking for the functionality and safety of systems and components like the structure, electrical, floors, drains, and windows, etc. Nevertheless, regular home inspections don’t cover an inspection of the whole sewer line.
If you are planning to buy a home, it is always recommended to cover all the bases to prevent expensive repairs down the road; therefore it’s a smart choice to get a sewer scope inspection. By performing a sewer scoping, you’ll be able to inspect the drain lines, identifying all possible issues, such as tree roots that have penetrated the pipes, settlement cracking or pipe “bellies” where liquids and solids can pool.
Simplify the entire inspection
If you are looking to buy a home, or you’re considering a remodel, a sewer scope inspection can be the key in making informed decisions. You may discover whether there’s enough plumbing infrastructure to manage increased water flow, or if you should anticipate hefty repair costs after taking ownership of the
property; you might even find that several owners of the home didn’t consider the current pipes when putting another laundry room or bathroom to the property, which could put your home at risk of back up plumbing or flooding issues.
No clean up mess
Because the sewer scope camera can be fed to the pipework and go through the system letting the technician a have full view of any possible concerns without the necessity to excavate the pipe, a sewer scope inspection provides a stress-free and totally safe alternative to digging up the yard or driveway to investigate. There’s no mess or clean up required since the pipes can be seen electronically, with minimal intrusion.
Often times, a concern can be revealed by the sewer scope before it becomes a major issue, allowing you to conduct preventive maintenance, effectively preventing catastrophic and expensive plumbing repairs later on.
When is this sewer scope inspection necessary?
Apart from troubleshooting suspected sewer line concerns, a sewer camera proves to be good for those buying a new home. Further, the inspection can show undetected issues which later can lead to flood damage and result in expensive repair work. A sewer camera can efficiently detect blockages, tree roots,
separation in pipes and cracks, which might otherwise go undetected by interested buyers and home inspectors.
If you are looking for a sewer scope inspection company, call us at 301-938-9100 and we will be there to help you!