Sewer/Drain Line Inspections are conducted as an additional service to the home inspection.
Sewer Scope Camera Inspections:
As part of our independent inspection services, Coastal Inspection Services offers video inspections of a home’s sewer line also known as a sewer scope. Understanding the condition of the underground sewer drain line and knowing the extent and location of a particular problem will be a key part of your decision in purchasing a home. This same independent and unbiased information also applies to current homeowners who suspect that they have a problem and need to be prepared before hiring a contractor for repairs.
Don’t under estimate the importance of having a sewer scope done as part of your home inspection. In most municipalities, homeowners are responsible for any problems in the sewer line that are on their property out to the street. Repairs can be messy and costly. Call Today!
The Sewer Camera Inspection Process
A sewer camera inspection, done properly, could mean the difference between lots of time and expense wasted (without being any closer to knowing what the problem is)—and getting a clear read on the problem with the “best case” advisement given as to how to solve it.
A inspector finds a point of access, such as a sewer clean out. A camera is then fed into the sewer pipe and run through the entire length of the sewer line until it reaches the city’s sanitary main. Throughout this process, the sewer line is inspected for flaws.
See the video below for an example of a sewer camera inspection.
Common Sewer Scope Defects
Low Areas: also known as a ‘belly’, these low areas can collect water and solid waste, causing poor flow through the pipe and can lead to back-up and damage to the pipe as it sags further.
Offsets: on some older piping, sections in the piping can separate, causing an offset in the piping to occur. Solid waste may not clear this offset, and waste water will seep into the surrounding soil, causing further settlement and eventual breakdown of the piping.
Tree Roots: small gaps in sections of piping can allow tree roots to enter the sewer line. As the roots grow, the pipe can break and crack, requiring repair. Minor tree root intrusion can be rooted and cleared on a regular basis, with minimal or no significant pipe damage. Assessing the amount of root intrusion is part of a sewer scope inspection.
Pipe Collapse: if extreme root intrusion has occurred or significant soil settlement has occurred around the area due to offsets or a low area, complete pipe collapse can occur, requiring full excavation and repair of the sewer line. While rare, this condition can be assessed as part of a sewer scope inspection.
Debris: Occasionally construction debris or other items can become lodged in the sewer line, preventing the flow of waste through the pipe.