The pipe that runs from a property's plumbing to the city sewer system or septic tank, often called a sewer lateral, is a critical component that must not be overlooked. Blockages or damage to the sewer lateral are not visible during a regular home inspection and might not present any evidence on the surface. Because the sewer lateral is an underground system, repairs to the piping are typically very expensive.
A sewer scope inspection involves sending a high-tech, flexible camera through the piping to visually inspect for any kind of blockage or damage, including root penetration or separation of the pipes.
Due to the high cost of repair, it is important to understand the condition of the sewer lateral when you are considering the purchase of a new property. As a seller, a sewer scope inspection can help speed up the transaction and make sure you aren't caught by surprise if the buyer's inspection discovers a problem.
A sewer scope inspection is critical for assessing the situation if there are any other indicators of a problem such as a damp depression in the lawn above the sewer line, backflow into the property, or contamination of the water supply. However, there may be problems with the sewer lateral that are not yet affecting the performance of the system but will cause failure later on.
WHI Home Inspection Services provides sewer scope inspections in Northwest Florida including Pensacola, Destin, Panama City, and surrounding areas. Give us a call at (850) 346-7693 or send us an email.