A sewer scope inspection is a video inspection of the lateral sewer line from the house at/near the foundation to the city / main tap or septic tank.
The purpose of a sewer scope is to discover and report defects that were visible in the lateral sewer line; the scope will typically also identify the material used as the lateral sewer line.
The lateral sewer line is the privately owned line/pipe connecting to a publicly-owned main sewer line, main tap or septic tank.
Plumbing codes typically identify the lateral sewer line as the building sewer and is typically the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain and repair the lateral line.
In addition to our comprehensive home inspection, a sewer line inspection should be considered one of the most important additional services to add-on. Sewer line problems can be one of the most expensive problems you may run into when buying a home. Knowing the condition before purchase is final can save you money.
Our Sewer Scope Inspection Procedure
Our procedure involves pushing a high definition waterproof camera down the sewer line through an access point over several feet (up to 300 feet) in the home and following the line all the way to the city’s main line to tap. This length covers the part of the sewer that is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain. As a homeowner you need to know where your property line is located and to ensure that your private water, wastewater and stormwater systems (including laterals) are not carrying inappropriate flows such as pollutants, cross contamination or inflow and infiltration.