Sewer Scope Inspection

Computer with high def camera for inspection of sewer line

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Every service offered by the certified inspectors of Davenport is considered essential by us, but few can end up as crucial as sewer scope exams.  The reason is that a faulty or broken sewer line can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars with no way around it. 

It’s not uncommon for repair to cost hundreds of dollars per foot, all the way from the city sewer line to your house.  Our expert team is here to make sure that doesn’t happen to you by giving your lateral sewer line a proper inspection.  Ask us about performing this critical test as part of a complete home inspection.
The inspection
When it’s time to perform the sewer scope, our inspector will first make locate the lateral line access point and make sure there is adequate water being run through the pipe.  This is done by running the faucets, showers and maybe flushing a few toilets.  It creates favorable conditions for the inspection because it removes most debris and helps float the camera. 

The inspector will then lower a high tech, borescope camera with a flexible extension into the pipe and push it towards the city sewer hookup, septic tank or HOA tap. 

The camera will send video feed in real time to a monitor under the inspectors watch.  We encourage you to take a look at the monitor so you can get a first-hand look at your own sewer line.

Once the line has been assessed up and down, our inspector will generate a written report and have it sent to your email.

What we’re looking for

There’s no telling what an experienced inspector’s trained eye will find but our team is generally looking for cracks, breaks, blockages, heavy oxidation or decomposition, as well as problems that could arise in the future.  It’s not uncommon for construction materials to be left in and around the pipe and buried when the house was built.  We also find pipes that were not fitted properly and not laying in the ground in a way that matches code.

Homes at risk

Your local Davenport home inspection team believes firmly that every home should have a sewer scope exam – but certain structures are at greater than normal risk.  Houses with large or many trees growing within 20 yards of the pipe can cause breaks.  Sometimes the roots will enter the pipe through hairline cracks, latch onto debris in the sewer and create serious blockages.  If you are buying a house that’s over 20 years old, you should have an exam.  If you are buying a house built before 1950, you should absolutely have an exam performed.  The reason is the piping was composed of different materials back then that are totally outdated and will degrade over a short period of time.

Lateral Sewer Line

You may hear us talk about the lateral sewer line and this refers to the privately-owned pipe system extending from your home to the public system, cesspool or septic tank.  If you are in a condominium complex or certain gated communities, it will hook up to an HOA tap.  When you buy a home, you buy the system that’s under it. 

Call us!

When it’s all said and done, a proper sewer scope exam is one of the most important steps in the home buying process.  If it’s a home you’ve been living in a while and you can’t remember if a test had been performed – it’s just as important to get it done. 

We highly recommend you include it in your next home inspection or as a stand-alone test.  Our expert home inspectors are ready to help in any way that you need us.  Just give us a call and we’ll give you our very best effort.