Home buyers should consider adding a sewer scope (camera inspection) before buying. Sewer camera inspections should be performed on prospective homes; if any of the following conditions are present.
- other homes in the area have had recent sewer work done
- There are large trees or bushes in the general area of the sewer line
- They just want to know what condition the sewer line is in
Our Inspectors are Certified Sewer Scope Inspectors
Our Inspectors are trained and nationally certified by the International Association of Home Inspectors. However, any sewer camera inspection should only be conducted by a Certified Sewer Camera Inspector for your protection .
Our inspectors receive hands on instruction for sewer scope work at the InterNACHI headquarters in Bolder, Colorado.
For instance, we have equipment that will view older cast iron pipes as well as clay and PVC/ABS. As a result we can view up to 200 feet in most cases. Sewer scopes may be performed during the home inspection. A written report with a video link to the actual scope will be provided.
The sewer line below has settled and broke at a joint. This usually requires the line to be excavated and replaced. Fortunately this line was deep and not close to any trees. Otherwise it would surely have been clogged with roots also. The sewer water is eroding the area under the pipe and may eventually collapse the yard or possibly the sidewalk or street.
We encourage clients to be present during the inspection. We prefer to explain our findings as we go. A video will be taken at the inspection and a copy will be provided to the client for future reference. The video may help with negotiations for repairs.
Hawley Home Inspections does not do sewer repairs. Any repair work should be done by a licensed plumber.
Sewer scopes are also available for home sellers during a pre-sale inspection.