Sewer Scope Inspection

What is a Sewer Scope Inspection?

A sewer scope inspection is a methodical examination of the sewer line connecting a property to the municipal sewage system or septic tank. It involves the insertion of a specialized camera into the sewer line to assess its condition and identify any issues such as blockages, cracks, or leaks. This process provides homeowners and prospective buyers with valuable insights into the health of their sewer infrastructure.

The Importance of Sewer Scope Inspections

While sewer lines are typically buried underground and out of sight, neglecting their maintenance can lead to costly repairs and environmental hazards. A sewer scope inspection serves as a proactive measure to detect potential problems early on, allowing for timely repairs or replacements before they escalate into major issues. Additionally, for homebuyers, a sewer scope inspection can uncover hidden defects that may impact their decision or negotiation process.

How Does a Sewer Scope Inspection Work?

The sewer scope inspection generally takes about 30 minutes. During a sewer scope, we insert a flexible rod equipped with a high-resolution camera into the sewer line through an access point, such as a cleanout. As the camera navigates through the pipe, it captures real-time footage, which is transmitted to a monitor for analysis. We carefully examine the video feed, noting any abnormalities such as tree root intrusion, pipe corrosion, or obstructions.

Common Issues Detected During Sewer Scope Inspections

Sewer scope inspections can reveal a wide range of issues that may compromise the integrity of the sewer line. Among the most common problems detected are pipe deterioration due to age or corrosion, blockages caused by grease buildup or foreign objects, intrusion of tree roots into the pipe, and misaligned or collapsed sections of the sewer line. Identifying these issues early on enables property owners to take prompt corrective action.

Is A Sewer Scope Inspection Worth It?

The short answer is, yes. Overall, the cost of having to possibly replace your sewer drains far outweighs the cost of the sewer scope inspection. The average cost to replace your sewer drains is $3,000 to $30,000! This can be due to location, size, and type of replacement. For example, if your drains under the home are in poor condition, you might have to remove the flooring to access the drains.