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:
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:
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.
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.
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.