One of the most commonly ignored – yet most important – parts of inspecting a home that you’re interested in purchasing is a sewer scope inspection. We offer Sewer Scope Inspections as an ancillary service to our standard home inspection. Adding this service at the time of your inspection can save you real money. Getting a sewer scope inspection can help you avoid investing in a home that has serious issues with the sewer/septic system.
Sewer Scope Inspection:
With Home Inspection: $265
The entire process of having a sewer scope inspection performed usually takes no more than an hour, altogether. A trained, professional inspector will run a specialized, flexible borescope camera, which feeds images and video to a monitor. Then, this camera is run through your home’s drainpipe or clean out, down the sewer lateral line, to examine the sewer lines and other underground pipes for any flaws, imperfections, or serious problems.
After this, your inspector will tell you about their findings, and issue a report with pictures and videos, that’s given both to you and the home seller, with information about the condition of the sewer line.
What signs may indicate that you must get a sewer scope inspection before making an offer on a house. Here is a short list of some of the most common signs that something may be wrong with the sewer system, or that it’s at risk of being damaged.
Even if you don’t see any of these above issues, we would still recommend a sewer scope inspection. More minor issues with the sewer line may have few or no symptoms at all – but may still cost thousands to repair.
Wondering what to look for during the inspection? You’ll typically watch the video feed throughout the process. You and your inspector will be looking for:
Your inspector will walk you through the entire process, and help you understand what you’re seeing. If no issues are detected, great! If there are some minor problems, you may be able to negotiate a better rate on the home, or at least plan for the repair in your home budget during the next few years. Finally, if there is a major issue, you likely will be able to walk away from the sale, require the homeowner to make the repair themselves, or get them to reduce the cost of the property accordingly.
The cost of a sewer scope inspection will vary based on the area in which it’s performed, the specifics of the house, and a number of other variables. We offer this service for only $265 when bundled with our Home Inspections. We keep our prices quite affordable for this industry.
Consider this – the cost of repairing a broken sewer line costs around $250-$300 – per linear foot of repaired line. Repairing and replacing an entire sewer line or a line with major structural faults could easily run you thousands of dollars. This is why more and more home buyers are getting this additional inspection service.
Know Before You Make An Offer: Get A Sewer Scope Inspection!