Sewer Scope Inspection
A sewer scope inspection is the use of a specialized camera that runs through the external sewer line beginning at the clean out, next to the home, and ending at the street. This helps the inspector locate leaks, breaks, blockages and debris that may affect the overall performance of the plumbing.
The scope does not include individual branches, just the main sewer line and is great for older homes that may still have cast-iron plumbing or homes with large trees in the yard. It’s also helpful for new homes due to debris left in the plumbing lines during the build or heavy equipment damaging the lines during the build.
A sewer scope inspection is optional and may be added to your home inspection if requested in advance.
Q: I am buying an older home; would you suggest a sewer scope inspection?
A: Yes, if you are concerned about the possibility of old plumbing or deterioration, I would suggest having it done for peace of mind
Q: The home I am buying has a couple of large trees in the front yard, should I schedule a sewer scope inspection?
A: It’s never a bad idea to have a sewer scope inspection done if you are concerned about the possibility of tree roots affecting your plumbing.
Q: My house was just built; do you think I need a sewer scope inspection?
A: Yes, as you’ve probably noticed during the building of your home, sometimes contractors leave a lot of debris in the bathtubs, toilets and other plumbing areas. At times, this debris gets trapped and clogs the main sewer lines.