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A sewer scope inspection uses a video attached to a snake-like cable to examine the home’s sewer line. This privately-owned pipeline leads from the house to the publicly owned main sewer line or septic tank. Sewer scope inspection can reveal damage to the pipes, blockages, and other problems. It also can spot potential problem areas before they develop into serious issues or hazards. After the inspection, clients will receive a report with video, findings and recommendations. This allows homeowners, home buyers, and home sellers to act before extensive damage, health issues, or expensive repairs.
If you’re buying a home, it’s a good idea to have a sewer scope inspection. Even if you’re not buying a home, having sewer scope inspections done every few years is also a good idea to ensure your sewer pipe is in good condition. A few indications that you probably need a sewer scope inspection include:
One of the most common causes of sewer pipe damage is the growth of roots around the pipe. Roots can grow around and constrict the pipe, breaking it, or grow into small cracks in the pipe, clogging it or causing leaks.
Homes built before 1984 may have clay sewer pipes, which can be easily crushed or damaged. These typically must be replaced, or at least inspected to ensure that they are in good condition.
This is a common sign of a septic or sewer leak. Given its contents, sewer water is actually a powerful fertilizer that can help encourage plant growth. If you see a suspiciously healthy-looking area of the yard, especially if the rest of the lawn seems to be less lush or green, you should be suspicious.
This could indicate damage or breakage to the sewer line, or a significant clog.
Even if you don’t see any of these above issues, we would still recommend a sewer scope inspection. More minor issues with the sewer line may have few or no symptoms at all – but still cost thousands to repair.
1. Definitions and Scope
1.1. A sewer scope inspection is a video inspection of the lateral sewer line (referred to by plumbing codes as the “building sewer”) from the house at or near the foundation to the municipality’s or HOA’s tap or septic tank, performed for a fee. The purpose of a sewer scope is to discover and report defects that are visible in the lateral sewer line that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector, as defined by these Standards; the scope will typically also identify the material used for the lateral sewer line. The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.
1.2. A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect.
1.3. A sewer scope inspection report shall identify, in written format, defects within the system and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. Inspection reports may include additional comments and recommendations.
The sewer scope inspection report will outline and define the portions of the sewer line that were inspected and indicate any areas that were not inspected, the reason they were not inspected, and general statements of what is commonly included and excluded during the sewer scope inspection.
2. Limitations, Exceptions & Exclusions
The inspector is not required to:
3. Standards of Practice
3.1. Sewer Scope Inspection
1. The sewer scope inspector will inspect and video-record:
2. When possible, the sewer scope inspector shall describe:
3. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:
4. The inspector is not required to:
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