I read somewhere that everyone poops. And if we all do, then that means it’s all gotta go somewhere.
In your home, that’s down the sewer line. That’s usually the end of the story for most homeowners, but eventually the special time may come in your life when you need to consider your sewer line and have someone take a look.
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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Why get a sewer scope inspection?
Most people are going to get a Home Inspection before they sell a home or buy a new one. At this time, people often will get the sewer line scoped as well to know what they have in terms of the sewer lines condition. Even if you are not buying or selling a home, it is never a bad idea to give yourself a clear picture of what shape the sewer line is in by hiring someone who can scope your line for you and give you feedback on its current condition. If the sewer line has roots in it. is faulty or partially backed up, or even broken or disconnected, that can mean that you might need a costly fix. It is never a bad idea to get a VERIFICATION of the condition of your sewer line.
Sometimes you may notice the symptoms of a faulty sewer line:
- Sounds of running water
- Strange smells when using plumbing
- Water draining slowly or backing up
Sometimes you might not immediately notice any of these warning signs, but that doesn’t mean the line is clear. The last thing you want is a surprise coming from the sewer line.
The main reason to get a sewer scope inspection is simple: you can’t see the problem from the outside. There are a ton of reasons why a sewer line might be backed up that you won’t be able to see unless you peek inside.
Why a sewer line may be faulty:
- It was installed incorrectly
- It was repaired in the past
- Tree roots have broken through
- Excess build-up or stuck objects
- Has the line settled, creating low spots
- The way the house is tied into the sewer and septic system
These are all potential issues that would be unable to determine without a proper sewer scope or evidence of a backed up sewer line.
Do I need a sewer scope inspection?
Well, if you’re about to spend a lot of money on something – like, say, buying a house – it’s worth the extra $$ to make sure there isn’t something majorly wrong that’s going to cost you way more money down the line or backup at some inopportune time. :/
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.
Every house has a story. What’s your home’s story?