Sewer Scope Inspection

When buying a home, a home inspection is essential. It is a significant part of the real estate transaction, whether you are buying or selling. However, one crucial system is often overlooked during a typical home inspection: the sewer line.


What is a Sewer Scope Inspection?

At Pritchett Home Inspection, we offer a top-quality Phoenix Sewer Scope Inspection to ensure the condition and proper functioning of your property’s sewer line. A Sewer Scope Inspection is a video inspection of the lateral line, which is the privately-owned pipeline connecting the house to the city tap, septic tank, or publicly-owned main sewer line.


What Happens During a Sewer Scope Inspection?

Our professional will insert a mini video camera into the sewer line and through the cleanout, which can be found in the basement, crawlspace, or just outside where the sewer line exits the house. If there are no obstructions found, our professional will inspect the city’s mainline from the cleanout. However, if problems are found, the trouble area’s location and depth will be easily recorded and marked on the ground surface.


Common Sewer Line Problems Found in Sewer Scope Inspections

  1. Root Intrusion: Sewer lines are the perfect environment for tree roots because of the constant water source in pipes. Roots can find the smallest crack to force their way through.
  2. Settling: Improperly supported trenches can cause the sewer lines to sink or create low spots, often called “bellies.” Fortunately, bellies are easy to identify through sewer inspection.
  3. Ground Shifting: Sewer lines can detach over time. Ground-shifting can happen for many reasons, such as nearby excavations or seismic events.
  4. Inferior Pipe Materials: Most older homes are sewer-connected by either clay or concrete tiles, brittle pipe materials that crack over time. A sewer inspection can quickly identify these types of materials and warn you of future problems.
  5. Poor Installation: Sewer line installation is also prone to bad construction. The most common installation issues are improper joints and poorly fitted connections. Sewer Inspection can easily spot poor workmanship and raise a red flag for looming problems.


Why Should You Schedule a Sewer Scope Inspection?

If you plan to buy a home in Phoenix, AZ, and surrounding areas, it’s important to schedule a Sewer Scope Inspection to accurately assess the condition of your sewer lateral. Our inspection is critical in identifying and confirming problems in the sewer line, providing an accurate and cost-effective way to isolate areas of concern.

Contact us at Pritchett Home Inspection today to schedule your Phoenix Sewer Scope Inspection!

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Pritchett Home Inspection LLC offers a reliable and comprehensive service for home inspections. We have certified inspectors with years of expertise to ensure that your property is inspected thoroughly, efficiently, and safely. Our services are honest and transparent, so you can trust that all aspects of your potential new home will be accurately evaluated. With Pritchett Home Inspection LLC, you can rest assured knowing that you’re making a smart decision regarding your home purchase.

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