Sewer Inspections for Older Homes.
Not on many occasions but yet first-time home buyers see sewer scope inspection before buying a new home. They were planning to get a home inspection, but sewer lines are equally important. Even this is one of the most important inspections a buyer should think of before buying an older home because it can cause several problems that can be very expensive to fix.
Why Inspect the Sewer Line
All buyers should go for the sewer scope inspection if the home is more than 20 years old. The sewer line might be new as compared to the home that was built before 1950, but it is also common for the tree roots to clog it up over this period. Roots can crawl into tiny cracks and expand in the sewer line, latching on to debris such as eggshell waste or grease. When you use chemicals it kills the tree roots but the pipe also needs to be checked as it might be damaged and requires excavation.
How to Inspect a Sewer Line
When you finalizing the home inspection before you close on a purchase, simply call a plumbing company and ask them to perform a thorough sewer scope inspection. The technician will insert a camera into the sewer. The camera will maneuver through the sewer and finds out any clogging or repairs that need to be fixed before the purchase. It is important to ask the technician that what material was used to construct the sewer line. Do some research and find out what type of material is considered to be good construction today.
Cost of Sewer Scope Inspection
The sewer scope inspection will cost around from $300 to 800 dollars, although this is only the inspection price because if the plumber finds out any issues in the line the repair costs are different for them.
The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections.