Whether you're dealing with a new or older home, a sewer scope inspection is a critical part of the home inspection process for several reasons:
Sewer Scope Inspection in New and Older Homes
While many people associate sewer scope inspections with older homes, they can be equally important for newer properties.
Older Homes: Older homes often have clay or cast iron sewer lines that can crack, collapse, or become invaded by tree roots over time. With a sewer scope inspection, you can identify these issues and make necessary repairs or replacements.
New Homes: For new homes, a sewer scope can help identify any construction defects or issues that may have occurred during the building process, such as improperly connected sewer lines or debris left in the pipes. These issues, if not addressed, can lead to significant problems down the line.
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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