We learn from our mistakes
Meghan and her husband are a young married couple with a new baby. She and her family purchased a beautiful home in Old Colorado City. They had a home inspection, but decided not to have a sewer line scope as the sellers assured them most of the sewer line had recently been replaced and showed them documentation to prove the work had been performed. Within a year after moving into the home, their sewer began to backup and plumbers were called out to evaluate the problem.
The sellers were correct, "most" of the sewer line had indeed been replaced; however, the portion that had NOT been replaced had failed and the sewer line was now in need of a major repair. The plumbers charged the young family more than $10,000 to replace the failed section of pipe.
A sewer line scope video costs around $140 and will most often catch flaws that, in this case, could have saved the young homebuyers a considerable amount of money. Please don't make this mistake. It is wise to always have a sewer scope inspection before purchasing a property.
Sewer Scope Inspection Service
Aside from the comprehensive home inspection, a sewer line should be considered one of the most important areas of the home to look at. Sewer line repairs and issues can be one of the most expensive fixes you can make to a home and knowing the lines' condition before it becomes your responsibility is highly recommended. Our process involves sending a high definition camera down the sewer line through an access point in the home and following the line all the way to the cities main line- if possible. This covers the part of the sewer that is the homeowners' responsibility.
WHEN TO BOOK A SEWER SCOPE INSPECTION
Every home can benefit from having a sewer scope performed. We have seen brand new home builds with sewer line issues such as improper sloping away from the home, pipes that were not connected properly causing sewage to drain into soil, rocks in the sewer line from a cap inadvertantly left off, and even a crushed line. This likely occurred from a large cement or construction truck driven over the area compacting the soil on top of the line. There are rarely issues on a brand new home, but since our sewer scopes are highly affordable compared to any repairs needed, it is something to consider. Our recommendation is that every potential homeowner obtain a sewer scope inspection, but if you are on the fence about the cost or need, here are some guidelines for determining when you should get one:
Home is older – As the home ages the pipes have had more time to break down, develop root intrusion, and collect blockages.
Large trees – The more foliage and the larger the trees that are located on the property, the more likely roots have grown into the sewer line.
Well maintained? – If the home was well maintained, it is an indicator that items which shouldn’t have been placed in the drain line were kept out (grease, non-biodegradable items, etc).
The home has been vacant
A sewer line in a brand new home.
A sewer line from a recently vacated house.
WHAT DO SEWER SCOPE INSPECTIONS HELP IDENTIFY?
Breaks in the pipeline
Offsets at the pipes connections (causing sewage to drain into the yard)
Root Intrusion (blocks the line from draining properly and causes backups)
Missing sections that have deteriorated (causing sewage to drain in the yard)
Blockages from items being put down the drain that shouldn't (grease, food, products that don't dissolve completely)