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What You Should Know About Sewer Scope Inspections.

Summer is a good time to buy a new home, and with that home inspection is necessary. You may think of electrical or plumbing when considering a home inspection, but getting the lateral sewer line inspected doesn’t come top of mind. A sewer scope inspection is a very important ancillary service. Sewer scope inspection is performed by using a camera that records the condition of the lateral sewer line of your home that leads from the foundation to the main sewer line. The camera recording will show any aligning problems with the pipeline.


Sewer scope inspections are recommended for homes older than 20 years. There are also some benefits to getting a sewer scope done and some risks.

Reasons and Causes

There could be numerous different reasons why your lateral sewer line has underlying problems. One of them can be tree roots, these roots like to soak the water in the pipes, they even push through from a small crack. These roots can block the sewer lines and cause plumbing issues but they can only be detected through a sewer scope inspection.

Plumbing Issues

There are many signs to look for when determining whether your lateral sewer line is damaged. One of the most common signs is a foul odor, if there is a presence of a bad smell in the drain, it is an indication that there is something wrong with the drain. The sewer scope inspection also detects that there is a busted line that is causing the lawn too wet and soggy.

Benefits and Risks

A normal sewer scope inspection costs around $150 to 200 dollars, this is small compared to the thousands of dollars you may spend fixing the sewer line by yourself. The risk of not having one is the financial costs it could carry months down the road.

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.

Phone: 1-800-598-4754


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