Have you ever had a sewer scoping inspection done on your home? If not, you may want to schedule one soon. Whether you send your wastewater to a public sewer or a septic tank, damage to a sewer line can cause a lot of damage to a home.
A sewer scoping inspection can detect issues before they become major problems. That’s why anyone who is buying a home or experiencing sewage backup should consider getting one of these inspections.
How Does it Work?
A sewer scoping inspection is a fairly quick and easy process. A camera is attached to a long snake-like cable to examine the sewer line, which leads from the house to the main sewer line or septic tank.
A sewer scoping inspection can help identify any of the following problems:
- Blockages in the sewer line
- Cracks or other damage to the sewer line
- Any damage to the septic tank (if applicable)
- Tree roots growing through the sewer line
- Separation or failure of the sewer line
Should You Get a Sewer Scoping Inspection?
You might benefit from a sewer scoping inspection if any of the following factors apply:
- Water backing up inside the house. This often means your sewer line has a major clog or is damaged.
- Any Home 15 years or older. We recommend that if your house is 15 years or older, you should have a sewer scoping inspection. You should inspect these regularly to ensure they are not damaged.
- There’s been movement of the ground. If your soil levels around the home seem uneven, or you notice any movement of the soil around your house, this could be caused by a pipe. It could have bent or broken, and this can be costly to fix.
- Pest infestation. If you suddenly see numerous insects or rats around your home, you may have a sewage issue. Rats especially thrive in sewers, and many even enter homes through sewage systems.
- Lush patches of grass. The contents of a sewer are beneficial for plant growth, so if you see patches of grass that are greener or lusher than usual, you likely have a sewer leak.
- Large trees. Sewer pipe damage is often caused by large trees—particularly the roots, which tend to grow near sewer pipes. These roots can grow into the pipe, which can cause leaks and clogs. They can also constrict or break the pipe.
When it comes to sewer scoping inspections, it’s better to be safe than sorry. These inspections cost several hundred dollars, and while that may seem like a lot of money, having to replace the sewer or repair parts of your home will be even more costly.
Contact Us Today
If you suspect your home might have sewage issues or you’re planning on buying a home, don’t overlook a sewer scoping inspection. It can help identify problems and give you peace of mind. Contact J Bixler Inspections to schedule one today.