Sewer Scope Inspections
Few first time Home buyers consider sewer inspections before buying homes. they know they should get a Home Inspection, but sewer lines are almost an after thought.yet this is one of the most important inspections a buyer of homes should conduct because it can turn up numerous problems that can be seriously expensive to fix. The time to find out if a sewer is faulty or needs replacement is before you buy, not after the fact. As a potential Home Buyer, you will probably rely on a Home inspection Service. The service will evaluate the internal and external features and condition of your home. The plumbing System are included on the Home Inspector's list of things they need to check but how will you know if your new home's sewer system is functioning properly. Sewer Scope inspections are out of the scope of a standard Home Inspection. For your home's sewer system to be fully evaluated, the inspector will need to have experience in plumbing and would also need a HD color inspection camera, and know how to use it. It is highly advisable to always have a sewer line inspection done before your purchase. Main line sewer work can range in cost to from approximately $5,000.00 to $25,000.00. Along with the costly sewer repairs, additional damages and costs can occur because sewer system blockages can damage your home heating system, sheetrock, flooring, personal items, etc. After you buy a home, you will not typically be in a position to incur such an unexpected expense. Paying a few hundred dollars or so for a Sewer inspection is a small price to pay if you avoid a sewer repair costing thousands of dollars.
All homes should be inspected not just the homes that are over 20 years old. In the newer homes, the problems exist from poor installation technique and incorrect materials used. Other reasons to have Sewer Inspections are due to roots crawl into tiny openings and expand in the sewer line, latching on to other debris, such as grease or eggshell waste. this typicaly causes backups. Chemicals can sometimes kill the tree roots, but the pipe itself might be damaged and require excavation to fix the problem. Homes that were constructed prior to city sewers being installed often relied on cesspools. Sometimes these cesspools were left intact and connected to the sewer line after cities installed public septic systems. You won't know unless you have the sewer inspected. Many homes made from 1950's have sewer lines made from tar paper. these are referred to Orangeburg pipes, and they disintegrate and collapse over time. The sewer line definately needs to be replaced if a home has Orangeburg Pipes, and a sewer scope inspection is the only way to find out if the home is more than 60 years old.
There are several possible causes for sewer line blockage. Some contributors are easy to fix, others aren't. The difference is how accessible the lines are and how extensive the problem's cause is. Here are the main causes of sewer line blocks:
Roots: Tree roots are the biggest offender for blocking sewer lines. That's because sewer lines are the perfect environment for tree roots, which lovde the constant source of water in pipes and the nutrients sewage provides. Tree roots have immense invasive power and will find the smallest crack, or create a crack, in a line to force their way through. Tree roots grow quickly, and can soon block a line. Root problems are easy to spot during video inspections.
Settling: Sewer lines placed in improperly compacted or supported trenches sink and create low spots called Bellies. This created a stagnant settling point and causes slow sludge build up until blocks happen. Unfortunately, bellies often occur, and the only fix is expensive. Bellied sewer lines must be excavated and repositioned. Thankfully, bellies are simple to identify through inspection.
Ground Shifting: Even the best laid sewer lines can go out of slope or detach ver time. Ground settling happens for many reasons: Groundwater table changes, nearby excavations or even siesmic events. Pipes blocked by ground shifting usually require expensive digs and repairs. A sewer line inspection will reveal shifting ground conditions.
Inferior Pipe Materials: Many older homes were sewer-connected by clay or concrete tiles. These are segmented lengths of brittle pipe material that crack over time from root invasion or changing ground conditions. Newer homes now use durable, plastic sewer pipes. A video inspection will quickly identify inferior pipe materials and raise a red flag for future problems.
Poor Installation: Like any project humans do, sewer line installation is subject to bad construction techniques.the most common installation problems are improper joints with severe angles and poorly fitted connections. Camera inspections are guaranteed to spot poor workmanship and give a warning for looking problems. Man new home builders will use an old sewer hookup that was there insead of running an entire new line