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Sewer scope inspections

When you are talking to a home inspection company and you are looking for a complete home inspection to ensure the closing on the sale of a property you have to consider every aspect of your home function from top to bottom.

A lot of home inspection companies may miss a very important component of your plumbing system the sewer lines.

There are many different types of storm and wastewater pipes for a home, which are listed below. Each type of piping system can have its own unique drainage problems requiring different methods to maintain the lines and clear stoppages.

There is many ways in which either a sewer or drain line may become stopped up. Additionally, some of these reasons explain why we cannot guarantee a completely free flowing drain and or waste line after rodding work has been performed.

Some common sewer line blockages.

  • Blockage from tree root infestation is the most common cause of a stopped or clogged sewer line.
  • A grease blockage inherently occurs in waste or sanitary lines and is introduced into the line from the kitchen sink, dishwasher and garbage disposer.
  • Mud can enter sewer lines from driveway or area drains and yard waste can enter drain lines from dirty gutter lines. 
  • Sanitary sewer lines are designed to accept toilet paper and human waste ONLY.
  • Sewer lines will sometimes sag. This happens when the ground underneath the sewer settles or the ground heaves up due to frost.

The clearing of a sewer or drain line is not as simple as inserting rodding equipment and turning on the machine. There is quite a bit of diagnostic work that coincides with the knowledge of how building sewer and drain lines are SUPPOSED to be installed in home.

A professional home inspector can utilize a tool called a sewer scope and perform an internal inspection of the sewer lines in your home.

A sewer scope is the insertion of a mini video camera into the sewer line through the sewer cleanout. The cleanout may be located in the basement, crawlspace or outside where the sewer line exits the home. If no obstructions are encountered, we will inspect from the cleanout to the city main. If problems with the line are found, we are able to accurately pinpoint the location and depth of the trouble area. The problem area will be marked on the ground surface. Common sewer line problems are root intrusion, holes, pooling, cracks, and pipe separation. A functioning sewer line may have problems that do not currently affect the performance of the line. However, these problems may cause a future sewer backup leading to an unexpected emergency line repair or replacement.

In the Minneapolis Saint Paul area one company you can trust to perform complete sewer line inspections is Inspections Plus Guru, With over 25 years in the construction industry Inspections Plus Inspects more places in your home to make certain a sale will go thru. From top to bottom complete inspections every time.


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