Why Should I Schedule a Sewer Scope with my Home Inspection?
Many people have this question. There are many things that you wont see when it comes to a home inspection. Things like wiring behind finished walls. Framing studs. The exact type of insulation used on the homes foundation walls. This is all normal and in most cases to be expected when you buy a finished home. One thing you should inspect though is your sewer line. But why would you want to do that, wouldn’t it just be a recording of unsightly objects in a pipe? Not necessarily!
What most people don’t realize is that a sewer scope can help prevent a major repair cost to you after your closing. If you schedule a sewer scope with your inspection you get a complete idea if you’ll have any potential flooding issues, any damage to the main sewer line caused by roots, bellying, negative slope, or even no slope.
With a sewer scope you’ll determine if the pipe is in good condition or if it needs to be repaired. In addition you’ll be informed of the type of pipe that was used to make your main sewer line, and how long it runs from your house to the city connection point. In the event you need to get it repaired, you will now have the grounds to work with you real estate agent to negotiate an agreement on how to get it resolved in your contract. Be sure to know as much as you can about potential major issues with in the home and schedule a sewer scope with your inspection
4 Facts to Know About Main Sewer Pipes
- A large part of sewer pipe issues stems from tree roots. Roots break the pipe and cause water to back up and create larger issues for the home owner.
- Most sewer lines cost in excess of $4,000.00 to replace.
- If you do have issues that need to be resolved its best to perform a sewer scope before closing that way you can work with your agent to create a negotiation with the sellers.
- Ignoring the warning signs of issues typically leads to major problems. The next sign of a problem may be a complete failure of your main sewer line. This means you could end up with no ability to use water in your home for days. This could also create potentially dangerous situation under the ground.