Homes built before 1984 commonly have clay sewer pipes that are prone to be crushed or damaged. If your house was built during those years, the pipes must be replaced or at least inspected to ensure that they are still in good condition.
A sewer line is one of the most expensive things to repair in a home. A sewer scope inspection can help your house avoid getting more costly repairs. It will allow you to save money on a sewer scope inspection instead of paying for unexpected repairs in the near future.
Signs You need to get a sewer scope inspection.
Large trees in the yard can indicate possible pipe damage due to the growth of roots around the pipe. Large trees mean large roots that can constrict, break, and cause small cracks in the pipe that may cause clog and leakage.
If you notice some shifting or movement of the ground around your home, the pipe must be affected. It could possibly be broken, bent, or even damaged. Be sure to check the grounds from time to time to see if possible shifting or movements can significantly affect your pipe.
Water backing up inside the house or crawlspace can indicate a significant clog, as well as damage or breakage to the sewer line.
One of the most common signs of septic or sewer leak is extra green or lush patches of grass. Sewer water can fertilize the plants; therefore, if you see a suspiciously healthy-looking area in your yard, you better have it check for some leakage
There are a lot of minor issues with the sewer line that may have few or no symptoms at all. However, these minor issues may cause you to spend thousands for repair if not given some immediate attention. That is why, even if you do not see any of the issues mentioned above, it is still better to have a sewer scope inspection.
Sewer Scope Inspection Results – What To Look For
Here are the things that you and your inspector should look for during a sewer scope inspection:
Serious clogs or blockages in the sewer line
Cracks, damage, or imperfections in the line
The type of material used for the line (clay, concrete, plastic, metal, etc.)
Roots growing through the line
Separation or failure of the line
Potential damage or issues with the septic tank (if present)