What's the Fuss About A Sewer Inspection

One of a homeowner’s worst fears is a giant flood without any idea where it came from.  Toilets can back-up without reason, basements can flood, and it could all be because of a sewer line. In order to prevent a problem like this it’s best to take action before it happens. Homeowners should elect to have a sewer inspection before they buy their home. Here is how these inspections work and how to determine if you should get one yourself.

What is a sewer inspection?
Sewer inspections are made by calling a plumbing company and asking for a contractor to come and weave a camera through the pipes. Real estate agents are good go-to’s if the plumbing company doesn’t have a contractor on hand.

The contractor will use a snake with a camera attached to it and push it through the plumbing lines. They can see if there are any issues like corrosion, or any tree roots that have broken the lines. They also have the ability to see if there are any cracks or breaks in the street sewer lines. Usually if there is a problem from the home to the street it’s for the homeowner to cover, not the city. Hopefully they were smart enough to buy homeowners insurance.

Once the contractor finishes the inspection they can reveal what kind of material the sewer line was made out of, and if it meets today’s standards. Whatever issues may be present is always fair game to involve in the negotiations whether you are buying or selling.

How to know if an inspection is needed

How might you know if you should get an inspection? The sewer lines are rarely part of the home’s overall inspection. IF the home is 20 years or older, you should probably get one. Pipes don’t last forever; they erode or crack with time, and are terribly vulnerable to roots. So if a home has plenty of landscaping, don’t skip out on this inspection.

IF a seller discloses an issue with the sewer line, go ahead and get them checked.

During open houses don’t be afraid to be nosy. Ask questions about the lines and if the seller has ever had any issues. Gander down to the basement and sniff around for mold. Keep an eye out for water stains on the ceiling and baseboards. If the basement has carpet, check it out. If it appears to be in great shape, chances are there’s been no water damage.

If you have any suspicions about water troubles, or your intuition is telling you to get one, just do it. A few hundred dollars spent now could end up saving you thousands down the road. 

Post a Comment