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Sewer Scope

A residential sewer scope, also known as a sewer inspection or sewer line inspection, is a process of examining the condition of the underground sewer pipes that connect a residential property to the municipal sewer system or a septic tank. This inspection is typically performed by a qualified professional using specialized equipment.

How a residential sewer scope is conducted:

Camera Inspection:

A small, waterproof camera attached to a flexible rod is inserted into the sewer cleanout or access point. The camera is then guided through the sewer line.


Real-time Video Feed:

The camera provides a real-time video feed to a monitor, allowing the inspector to visually assess the condition of the sewer line.


Examination of the Sewer Line:

The inspector looks for various issues, including cracks, breaks, blockages, root intrusions, corrosion, and any other forms of damage or deterioration.


Length and Depth Assessment:

The inspector determines the length and depth of the sewer line. This information can be crucial for maintenance or repair purposes.


Documentation and Reporting:

The findings are documented in a detailed report, which may include images or video footage from the inspection. This report is provided to the homeowner or potential buyer/seller.

A residential sewer scope is important for several reasons:

Identifying Issues:

It helps identify any existing or potential problems within the sewer line that may not be apparent from above-ground inspections.


Preventing Future Problems:

It can uncover issues like root intrusion, cracks, or blockages before they lead to more severe and costly problems.


Verifying Compliance:

For properties with septic systems, a sewer scope can help ensure that the system is functioning properly and meets local regulations.


Assisting in Negotiations:

If issues are discovered, the inspection report can be used in negotiations between buyers and sellers to determine responsibility for repairs or adjustments to the sale price.

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It's important to note that not all residential property transactions require a sewer scope, but it can be a valuable tool for homeowners and buyers seeking a comprehensive assessment of the property's sewer system. Additionally, if a property is older or has a history of sewer problems, a sewer scope is often recommended.

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