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Sewer Scope Inspections and Why Buyers Should Get Them

When it comes to a real estate agent representing a buyer, it’s fairly standard procedure for the agent to recommend a home inspection. While, that serves as an excellent starting point in providing the buyer with an overview of the property’s condition, important details about other aspects aren’t usually included.

All too often, sewer inspections don’t make the checklist when advising buyers on what should be reviewed before signing on that dotted line. After all, when the water related systems in a home appear to be working fine, when it comes to giving any thought to those below ground sewer lines, the old adage ‘out of sight, out of mind’ certainly comes into play. However, sewer issues can arise very unexpectedly resulting in flooding and costly repairs.

Therefore, when encouraging buyers to do a home inspection, take it a step further and do the same with a sewer line inspection.

What is a Sewer Scope Inspection

What is a Sewer Scope Inspection?

Equipped with special equipment, your home inspector can accurately assess the condition of underground pipes, sewer main line, and/or septic tank using a sewer scope.

A sewer scope is a small camera device attached to a cable and deployed into the underground pipes. As the sewer scope is routed through the lines, it records video footage and photographs to check for damage from tree roots and other causes along with finding evidence of previous repairs.