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When to do a sewer scope inspection

When I started this blog, I didn’t think I’d be talking about poop so much, but here we are.

We keep getting questions about sewer scopes, so as long as the questions keep flowing, I’ll keep answering them. No matter how stinky they are.

So sewer scope inspections: how do you know when you need one? Let’s talk about it.

What Is a Sewer Scope Inspection?

Before you can know if you need something, you need to know what the thing is. Luckily, a sewer scope inspection is exactly what it sounds like: it’s an inspection of your sewer line.

To make it even more simple: an inspector or plumber runs a special scope through your sewer that has a light and camera on it. Then we look at what we see.

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When to do a Sewer Scope Inspection

When buying or selling a home

This is a pretty obvious one, but it’s worth mentioning. If you’re buying a home, that’s a huge financial investment. The last thing you want is a bad surprise. While a standard inspection will look at the plumbing, it won’t go inside the pipes.

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For sellers, this can be more optional. You can put the responsibility on the buyers, but it can also give you a leg up over other available homes. I recommend talking to your realtor – they’ll be able to give you more specific advice for your home.

You notice any of these warning signs

A sewer scope inspection isn’t something you have to do only when you’re selling or buying – sometimes you need to take a look for the home you’re currently living in. These are a few of the warning signs that a sewer scope inspection is a good idea – if you check off 2 or more on this list, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection:

  • Sewer Odor?
  • Do you have large trees in your yard?
  • Did you at some point in time have trees in your yard?
  • Is your house over 40 years old?
  • Were repairs made to your sewer line?
  • Slow drains?
  • Bright green patches in your lawn?
  • Insect infestations?
  • Rats?
  • Indentations in your yard?
  • Mold?

If left unattended, you could be susceptible to possible structural problems in extreme situations. Nobody likes a sinking house – unless you’re the sinkhole.

I’m just sayin’

Titan Home Inspections

If you’re looking for a fun and efficient home inspection with inspectors who care about your specific needs, give us a call. We know that every house has a story and when your inspector can identify the clues to the story through experience and a healthy curiosity, you can help the owners/buyers make better decisions with their home.

If you or anyone you know needs a fun and experienced home inspector that can do sewer scopes as well, give us a call. We offer $350 Flat Rate inspections and to date have earner over 1,400 5 STAR ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reviews.

Give us a call at 206-451-1120 or feel free to schedule directly on our website.

If you can’t find a spot that works for you, give us a call and we’ll try to find a way to fit you in. 😉


Brian Dodds is licensed home inspector & owner of Titan Inspection Services with over 20 years’ experience in construction trade building and house renovation. Titan Inspection services is based in Washington state and serves Seattle, Olympia, North Bend, Kitsnap County and everything in between.

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