What is a Sewer Scope?
A sewer scope inspection is a home service which provides a detailed report of the condition of a property’s sewer line. A sewer line camera inspection involves the use of a camera to view the inside of the sewer line to determine if there are cracks, bellying, damages, clogs, debris, or roots growing into the line. The sewer scope report consists of video documentation as well as written notes about any of the damages found.
Sewer lines are extremely expensive to replace and repair so the sooner you get a report of the condition of the line, the sooner you can request that it be fixed. During real estate transactions, a damaged sewer scope can be requested to be fixed during the inspection objection portion. That means that the seller may decide to fix or replace the sewer scope in order to complete the sale.
Around the middle of the 20th century, sewer pipes went from being made from clay to concrete. In the 70’s-80’s, builders began using PVC or ABS plastic pipes. Each material has its own vulnerabilities, such as root infiltration, cracks, and pipe shifting—all of which can cause the sewer to back up into your home. Catch the issues early and avoid that nightmare with a sewer line camera inspection from Allco Inspection Services.
In the event that you buy a property without getting a sewer scope, you could be putting yourself into a situation where you will have to pay thousands and thousands of dollars to fix an entirely preventable problem. Fixing a sewer backup, blockage, or other flaw can require a good amount of excavation. This can be especially pricey if the line goes underneath a sidewalk or street. It is recommended to ALWAYS get a sewer scope prior to buying a property. Don’t let yourself skip this step because it could cost you thousands of dollars in the future.