Our Sewer Line Evaluation Process
A sewer line problem can cost thousands to repair, not to mention the damage that a sewer back up can cause on the inside of your home. The sewer line is not visible to our general home inspectors. A visual evaluation cannot tell us if there is a failure or blockage inside the sewer line. Therefore, it is important to have a sewer line camera evaluation completed prior to purchasing your new home.
Our detailed evaluation uncovers issues such as:
Tree root intrusions
Sewer line failures
Sags in pipeline
Clogs of any kind
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a sewer line camera evaluation?
A general home inspection cannot determine the condition of the main sewer pipe. A sewer line evaluation is the only way to determine if problems exist inside of this pipe.
No, only the main sewer line is inspected. The camera will run from the clean out to a maximum of 130 feet until it encounters an impassable issue, the city’s sewer connection, or the septic tank. Secondary drain lines, interior drain lines, and septic tanks are not part of this evaluation.
The clean out can be found either installed inside the home or in the basement, crawl space, garage, or yard. We will find the clean out, remove the cap, and insert the camera.
Yes, we cannot complete the service if there is no clean out, if the clean out is inaccessible, or if the clean out is not removable. We will return to complete the service once the appropriate repairs are made to provide access for our camera.
Our sewer line inspector will insert a camera into the clean out of the main sewer pipe. The approximate location of any problem inside the pipe, including photos, will be notated in the sewer line evaluation report, which will be issued within 24 hours of the evaluation.
Yes, the condition of the main sewer pipe is a complete “unknown” when purchasing a home. There is always the possibility of tree root intrusion, improper installation, breakages, clogs, or sags in the sewer pipe, no matter the age of the home.
A sewer line camera evaluation is highly recommended for older homes, as the main sewer pipe can have numerous issues due to age. Many older homes have cast iron pipes. These pipes have an average life expectancy of 40-60 years.
If there is an issue inside the pipe, such as a large tree root intrusion or a blockage, the camera may not be able to pass this area. The evaluation will stop at this area and further evaluation will be needed by a plumbing contractor.
The general home inspection includes a 90-day warranty on the main sewer line. If a sewer line evaluation is also completed, the 90-day warranty will be automatically extended to 12 months.
No, we will only be running a small camera down the sewer pipe. The cleanout cap will be removed for this service, but it will be replaced and left in its original condition.
Our inspector will document the problem with pictures and verbiage in the report. We will also notate the approximate footage of the problem from the cleanout area. A plumbing contractor will then need to be consulted to determine the next steps.
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