Sewer Scope Inspection
What is a Sewer Scope Inspection?
A Sewer Scope Inspection is an inspection of the sewer line from the point where it leaves the house to where it meets the main sewer line. It evaluates the plumbing systems to determine proper drainage, system components and serviceability, and potential failures or improper practices.
What does a Sewer Scope Inspection look for?
The scope looks for items that will impede the natural flow through the pipe. Items like tree roots which will invade a pipe and cause a blockage. An Offset, where the pipe shifts at a connection and causes a lip which then catches debris. Or Bellying, that is, areas where water tends to pool and not flow normally. Debris can settle in a bellying area and eventually cause a blockage.
Roots Offset Bellying
Why should I get a Sewer Scope Inspection?
In most jurisdictions the homeowner is responsible for the sewer line from the house to the street. This makes you responsible.
If your home is 20 yrs old or older then you should get a sewer scope. 20 years allows time for the ground to settle and for breaks to start occurring.
If you have trees in your yard then you should get a sewer scope. Tree roots are one of the most recurring problems with sewer lines. Trees will seek out water wherever they can find it, and if your sewer has the smallest, hairline crack, then they'll find a way in. You can see the effects of root damage on almost any sidewalk with trees nearby. If tree roots can tear up a sidewalk or driveway, imagine what they can do to your sewer line.
If you've experienced recurring drainage problems, then you may have a problem farther down the line that you can't see. Then it's time for a sewer scope. Don't wait until it's too late. Call and schedule your sewer line inspection today.