A sewer scope inspection is used to determine the structural and functional state of a home’s sewer line. This is done by feeding a fiberoptic camera into the sewer line through the sewer cleanout located in your home, all the way to the city’s sewer main. During the inspection, our inspector will be looking for any signs of cracks, pipe shifting/separation, or tree roots penetrating the pipe.
Normally, most sewer problems are not obvious. There may be some issues that are easier to identify and mitigate (such as poor drainage caused by a clogged pipe), but that may only be a symptom of a larger problem. For example, tree roots growing into sewer lines is a common problem that can cause clogs and cracks. If let untended, this type of problem can cause significant landscape damage.
The potential long-term damage that can be caused by latent or missed issues with your sewer line should not be taken lightly. Something as simple as an obstructed sewer line can require excavating your entire yard to fix it effectively. This could also require major repairs to the surrounding street and sidewalks. On top of that, if your sewer line is leaking water, you could be liable for a substantial water bill.
As you might imagine, damages caused by sewer issues could end up costing several thousand dollars, and you as the homeowner would be responsible for it.