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  • Writer's pictureMichael Huntington

Why a Sewer Inspection is a Good Idea

Sewer problems often develop unseen and may wreak thousands  (up to tens of thousands) of dollars on your pocketbook when they decide to make themselves known. These costs include cleanups, repairs, and damaged goods. Some homeowner insurances will not cover a sewage backup due to the pipes being in an "anticipated condition due to age".


If you are considering whether you need a sewer inspection, ask yourself these questions. If you can answer yes to any of these, then order the sewer inspection to give yourself piece of mind and find issues early. Early detection and correction can save you money and headaches down the road.


  1. Does your home have a septic tank or municipal sewer? The older the home, the more likely you will have issues. Even brand new systems can have details overlooked or be subject to poor craftsmanship that expedite bigger problems.

  2. Do you have trees or large shrubs in your yard? Roots travel to where the best choice of water and food can be found. Sewage lines are a motherload. It only takes one small crack or unsealed joint for roots to find the inside of your sewer lines, then they cause additional damage as they grow and invite their friends. Some places will have root blockages again within only a few months after having the lines were cleaned out.

  3. Do you have concerns about the quality and condition of your drain system? Concerns that your system might not be functioning at its best are indications to have it looked at. Many times we see drains that are fully functional inside the house, but there are major (or soon to be) issues in the crawlspace or underground.


What are things we commonly see when we conduct sewer inspections?


Bellies: These are low spots that collect debris and slowly buildup blockages. These can be a result of ground settling or improperly compacted soil or backfill in the trenches during installation.


Offsets: these are joints in the pipe that have become misaligned and sometimes separated completely.


Cracks & Breaks: These are self explanatory, but are an open invitation for root invasion, even by grass and other small vegetation.


Roots: Already discussed, but it is common for downstream roots to fill 99% of the pipe diameter and still pass enough water that functional drain tests inside house still pass with flying colors (this was a similar story belonging to the attached photo).


Debris & Scale Buildup: Over time, the space inside the pipe gets smaller and smaller, and eventually reduces the amount of flow and causes backups (some types of piping accumulate this faster than others).


Our inspections include a electronic/printable, full-color report with pictures, a link to the entire video footage, and recommendations based on our observations.


We can provide an inspection of your main sewer lines as part of a home inspection or a standalone service. We can also run an inspection for you if you have lived in your house for years!





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