Before you buy a home, you need to know the condition that it is in. Some problem areas are not easily seen to the untrained eye or without specialized equipment. Which is exactly why in addition to a regular home inspection, you should also opt for a sewer scope inspection, and here’s why.
Roots can become a huge problem once they infiltrate your sewer pipes. Not only can they slow down or block the passage of water, but they can break the pipes as well. Mending broken sewer pipes is a costly endeavor that cannot be put off. Having a sewer scope performed will alert you to present or potential problems in this regard.
Gravity is what moves the water and waste away from your home. This gravity is created by way of downward slopes. Overtime, soil can shift this slope. Earthquakes and heavy rains over the years can compromise the grade of slope, which ultimately leads to drainage issues. Sewer scope will pick up on sloping issues so that you can be aware of them.
As we touched on above, roots can sometimes get so wound up in pipes that they end up breaking them. This, in turn, breaks the flow of water and waste and allows it to escape the pipes. What this ends up looking like is raw sewage flooding your yard. You can avoid this becoming your reality by getting a sewer scope done.
A sewer scope can also identify simple clogs. Grease buildup, children’s’ toys, and baby wipes are common sources for clogs. These types of clogs can be flushed out or retrieved with a simple plumbing service, but it can still be valuable to know that they are there.
At the end of the day, a sewer scope inspection can save you a world of headache. If your sewer inspection comes back and alerts you to any of these problems, you can save yourself the trouble of having to deal with them and walk away from your home purchase. Or, if you still love the property and are willing to move forward, at least you can prepare yourself for the added expenses. Contact Strouse Home Inspections for a sewer scope inspection.
By Strouse Home Inspections 6-15-2022