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Sewer Pipe Scoping

When buying a pre-owned home, it is wise to have a sewer inspection completed at the same time as the home inspection.  Homeowners own the length of drainpipe that extends from the house to the city main (below soil, or driveway  – and usually in the front yard).


Main sewer pipes at many older homes are made of clay or cast iron.  Over time, joints can separate, cracks can form - and tree roots can find their way into the pipe – causing clogs or backups.


What age homes should be scoped?

While problems are more common in older drainpipes, they can also occur in modern, PVC / plastic pipes.  Unfortunately, this happens more commonly than most people think.

During your inspection, we will run the water in the home for an extended period of time (generally over 1 hour).  In some cases, this will reveal evidence or symptoms of a problem with the main sewer pipe (i.e. water backing out of the floor drain).  Ultimately only a camera inspection can identify the actual condition of the pipe.  Since sewer pipe repair/replacement can cost thousands of dollars, we highly suggest that you hire a specialist to evaluate the sewer pipe interior (mainly if your home was built before 1980).


We can schedule this for you

We will schedule this service for you through one of our preferred subcontractors:

  • Drain Busters, or

  • Ron the Sewer Rat

Just let us know that you want to add a sewer scope to your inspection.  The fee for a camera inspection is $195.00.


Sample Sewer Pipe Defects

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