It’s easy to forget about another crucial checkup: a sewer scope inspection. It’s important to have your home’s sewer lines checked regularly to prevent future possible damage and to maintain a healthy home.
What Is A Sewer Scope or Borescope Inspection?
A sewer line scope inspection, plumbing scope inspection, or a combination of drainage inspections is fairly uncommon in modern home inspections. A professional inspector will use a flexible borescope camera, which will allow them to see and record video of your pipes.
The camera will run through the home’s main drainpipe and maneuver its way through the sewer lines. Your inspector will be looking for any visible cracks, damages, or clogs, and will report any structural damage or health risks that come from your sewers.
A drain inspection can take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour, but it’ll depend on how large your home’s sewer system is and what the issues are.
You should plan on a plumbing scope inspection before purchasing your dream home, and plan to have them done routinely as your home gets older.
A damaged sewer can be the source of structural damage in your home. For example, sewer pipes leaking in the crawl spaces could cause serious mold issues.
Below are common results of damaged or degraded sewer systems. They can also serve as signs of needing a sewer scope inspection done.
- Flooding in the home or yard
- Foundation issues
- Mold issues
- Hollow Flooring due to washouts below the concrete
A leak or backup in your sewer system can lead to many health issues. Below are a few health hazards that you may be exposed to if you leave your sewer system unrepaired.
- Mold spores
- Harmful gases