SEWER SCOPE INSPECTION: What is it, and Why is it Important?
Whether you’re dealing with a new construction single-family house, or an older multi-unit home, Sewer Scope Inspections are one of the most important types of inspections any buyer, seller or owner can have.
WHAT IS A SEWER SCOPE INSPECTION?
A sewer scope is a video inspection of the lateral sewer line from the house at or near the foundation to the city, HOA tap, or the septic tank. The inspector runs a camera scope on a 100-foot cord down the sewer line, stopping at the sewer main/septic tank, or until an obstruction prevents it from going any further.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON SEWER LINE ISSUES?
Root intrusion, crushed/collapsed sewer lines from heavy construction equipment, cracks, holes, pooling, and pipe separation/disconnected joints are just some of the many issues which can occur in sewer lines, and may cause a future backup, leading to emergency repairs or line replacement.
Sewer lines do not discriminate which types of properties they can negatively impact. Homes built prior to 2000, properties with non-PVC sewer lines, and any building with trees in the front yard are especially vulnerable to sewer line issues. New Construction properties may also be vulnerable from incomplete sewer line construction, and construction debris.
Repairs can easily cause upwards of tens of thousands of dollars that the homeowner is responsible for.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET A SEWER SCOPE INSPECTION?
BUYERS / SELLERS: A Sewer Scope inspection should be performed as part of every real estate transaction. If the inspection comes back clear, the seller has no future liability and the buyer understands the system is functioning as it should. If the inspection shows obstructions or damage, repairs can then be sought as appropriate. This is also an extremely effective tool (and selling point) when used in conjunction with a Pre-Listing inspection, providing a greater level of confidence to buyers.
OWNERS / PROPERTY MANAGERS: If you occupy your own home, we recommend having a Sewer Scope inspection performed at least once every 3 years, though more frequent services may be appropriate if you suspect any potential issues. If you rent your home out, we strongly encourage having annual Sewer Scope inspections..