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Sewer Scope Inspection

Sewer Scope Inspection

Home Inspection Boise - Sewer Scope Inspection

A home inspection is essential when buying a home. It is a significant part of the real estate transaction, whether you are buying or selling. Although major components are inspected, one important system is often not included – the sewer line. 

A typical home inspection doesn’t cover the sewer line as it is buried in the ground. But here at Bent Nail Inspections, we provide an exemplary Boise, Idaho Sewer Scope Inspection to determine the condition of the property’s sewer line and see if the system is properly functioning. 

What is a Sewer Scope Inspection? 

Sewer Scope Inspection is a video inspection of the lateral line (privately-owned pipeline) from the house connecting to the city tap, septic tank, or publicly-owned main sewer line. 

What Happens During a Sewer Scope Inspection?

A typical single-family residence inspection takes approximately one hour to complete. Our professional will insert a mini video camera into the sewer line and through the cleanout. The cleanout includes the basement, crawlspace, or just outside where the sewer line exits the house. If there are no obstructions found, our professional will inspect the city’s mainline from the cleanout. However, the trouble area’s location and depth will be easily recorded and marked on the ground surface if problems are found. 

What are the common sewer line problems found in Sewer Scope?

Common sewer line problems include the following:

  1. Root Intrusion:

    Sewer lines are the perfect environment for tree roots because of the constant water source in pipes. Roots can find the smallest crack to force their way through. 

  2. Settling:

    Improperly supported trenches can cause the sewer lines to sink or create low spots, often called “bellies.” Fortunately, bellies are easy to identify through sewer inspection. 

  3. Ground Shifting:

    Sewer lines can detach over time. Ground shifting can happen for many reasons, such as nearby excavations or seismic events. 

  4. Inferior Pipe Materials:

    Most older homes are sewer-connected by either clay or concrete tiles, brittle pipe materials that crack over time. A sewer inspection can quickly identify these types of materials and warn you of future problems. 

  5. Poor Installation:

    Sewer line installation is also prone to bad construction. The most common installation issues are improper joints and poorly fitted connections. Sewer Inspection can easily spot poor quality and raise a red flag for looming problems.

Who Should Get a Sewer Scope Inspection?

All buyers of a new home should call for a Sewer Scope Inspection. Few first-time home buyers consider this service, but this inspection is very important, especially if you buy an older home that’s over 20 years old.

When Should I Call for a Sewer Scope Inspection?

The best time to find out if a sewer line is faulty is before buying the property, not after. Numerous sewer line problems can turn into expensive and seriously troublesome issues.

A Sewer Scope Inspection is critical in identifying and confirming problems in the sewer line. Gone are the days where outdated and heavy exploratory equipment is being used to reveal any piping issues. Our Boise, Idaho Sewer Scope Inspection provides an accurate and non-invasive view of the insides. This inspection is essential, cost-effective, and especially helpful at isolating areas of concern. 

Schedule Your Boise, Idaho Sewer Scope Inspection With Bent Nail Inspections Today!

If you plan to buy a home in Boise, Idaho, and neighboring areas, we are here to help! We’ll accurately assess the condition of your sewer lateral before small issues take their toll. 

The quality and care that was taken during our inspection was above and beyond. I especially liked the ability to re-watch a video of the inspection and have everything explained thoroughly.

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