A sewer scope inspection is where we insert a long, flexible rod with a camera on the end of it into the pipe cleanout and we observe conditions in the main lateral sewer pipe from the house to the city sewer access.
The main sewer line that connects your house to the city sewer is the homeowner’s responsibility and if a repair is necessary is can be costly to fix. Most people don’t know the condition of this pipe unless it gets blocked or has a malfunction.
Common problem conditions found during an inspection:
Home buyers: Find out if your sewer line is a problem BEFORE you buy the house so you can either have the seller fix it, negotiate or at least be aware of a cost coming up.
Homeowners: You want to catch problems before they are HUGE problems. Most homeowners never consider this could be a problem with home ownership vs obvious items like furnace, water heater, etc. Out of sight and out of mind.
Running the water tells you if the pipe in the house is leaking (usually) but if there is no extensive blockage in the lateral line you may not know if part of the pipe has collapsed or worse.
Finding out the condition of the sewer line before you purchase a home can save you from a minor repair or even thousands of dollars in unexpected repair bills. When Spotlight Inspection Services performs a sewer scope we provide a written report and link to the video within 24 hours of your inspection.