Sewer Line Inspections from Pillar To Post™
Having a sewer line inspection isn’t usually on the list of potential concerns homebuyers typically have, but it very well should be. A thorough home inspection provides a homebuyer with as much information as possible to make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing a new home. Pillar To Post™ Home Inspectors provide professional sewer line inspections which you can add to the package you choose.
Do I Need a Sewer Scope?
Because a home’s sewer line is underground, it isn’t something you see walking through a home, which is why adding this service to your home inspection is crucial. A functioning bathroom isn’t always a good indicator of the status of the home’s sewer line, which is why an inspection is so vital. Scoping the sewer line provides important information about the state of the line and alerts you to any issues. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors™ performs sewer scope as part of a comprehensive inspection. Our sewer scope inspection can reveal existing problems or potential issues that need to be addressed prior to purchasing a home. Our inspections will show whether the line is clean or clogged and if any repairs are needed. In addition, we provide the homeowner with the type of material used in the construction of the sewer line and whether those materials are considered in alignment with local and current building codes.
The age of the home can indicate the necessity of adding a sewer scope to your Pillar To Post™ home inspection. Concrete and clay pipes are highly susceptible to cracks, disintegration, and damage from invasive tree roots. Large trees on a property may be a good indicator of plumbing and sewer problems previous homeowners may have faced. Roots enter the line through tiny fissures to get at the moisture running through the pipe. Once inside, the roots continue to grow and spread which can crack the pipes further. Roots can also trap debris flowing within the pipe, causing a sewer backup.
If you are looking at purchasing an older home, a professional sewer scope is a wise investment. The maintenance and possible replacement of a sewer line is the responsibility of the current homeowner. If you purchase a home that has a faulty line, the repair and replacement become your responsibility. Taking care of the problem before you purchase the home will help you avoid costly repair work before you take possession of your new home.
Although PVC or ABS plastic pipes are a better alternative for a sewer line, they are not impervious to damage. These materials can shift, crack, and become clogged, all causing larger issues with a home’s plumbing. Whether the pipe has holes or has separated over time, a sewer can still function with these problems. They will worsen over time which is why learning about them before you buy your home is so important. Pillar To Post™ sewer scopes and sewer line inspections can help you detect and address issues that can save money in the long run and is well worth the cost.
How is a Sewer Scope Inspection Performed?
A Pillar To Post™ standard scope inspection for a single-family residence takes approximately one hour to complete. It can be included as part of a comprehensive home inspection or performed as a standalone service. We recommend a sewer line inspection for any home you are considering purchasing. This is also an excellent option to get a home market-ready to sell.
A Pillar To Post™ technician inserts a mini video camera into the line, also called lateral, through the sewer cleanout. A cleanout is close to where the sewer line exits the home, which is typically located in the basement but can be in a crawlspace or outside. The inspection will start at the cleanout and run through the lateral to the main municipal sewer line, usually located at the street. If no obstructions are encountered, the property is in the all-clear. If problems are found with the sewer line, the inspection can accurately pinpoint their location and depth by aid of the camera. The troubled area can be marked on the ground surface in some instances which is helpful to the repair team. Your Pillar To Post inspector will provide a report indicating the results and any recommended actions for your convenience.
Professional Sewer Scopes for the Home Seller
Having your sewer line inspected is an excellent investment if you are putting your home up for sale. This service will alert you to any issues prior to listing your home and provide you with time to deal with them. This additional service can be purchased outside of our traditional home inspection, making it a valuable option for a home seller. Our inspectors can help you get top dollar for your home because you can advise any potential buyers that you have had a professional sewer scope inspection performed on your property and it’s clear.
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Our inspections proved peace of mind because they provide accurate and up-to-date information about one of the most significant purchases you will make. Not only will a sewer scope inspection determine if the sewer line is clean or clogged, but the inspection will disclose the condition of the line. The results can educate the homebuyer and help when purchasing a home. When you schedule your home inspection, speak to our team about adding this valuable service to your package.
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