Sewer Scope Inspections



Sewer scope inspections are an important part of any home inspection. They are an excellent way to get a complete understanding of a home’s condition, most importantly any potential financial and safety implications as a result of broken, damaged or improper sewer pipes. Not sure if they are right for your new home? Read on to learn about what they are, why we need them, common issues, warning signs & more:


What Is A Sewer Scope Inspection?

During a home inspection, a specially trained inspector threads a long, flexible camera into the home’s plumbing drain in order to identify any leaks, broken pipes, blockages or other serious issues. The video from the camera is transmitted to a screen for viewing by inspector and is usually recorded for the homeowner to see within the report. If any potential issues are observed, a licensed plumber can be contacted to perform a thorough evaluation and provide a quote for repair. It is important to be sure this inspector is certified by interNACHI and has the appropriate badge certifying their knowledge in this service.

Why Would I Need A Sewer Scope Inspection?

To get a complete understanding of the home’s overall condition AND to identify issues that can cause financial and safety-related hardship in the future. Keep in mind a home inspector works for YOU. There is no financial incentive to identifying plumbing issues, therefore you can trust their findings and use this knowledge when negotiating any repairs later on.


Common Issues Found With A Sewer Scope

  • Tree root invasion
  • Improper plumbing materials, such as Orangeburg
  • Blockages or accumulation of debris
  • Broken or damaged pipes
  • Improper installation of plumbing


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Financial Implications

A sewer line repair can cost anywhere from $2500-$30,000 to repair. If the damage is severe enough, there may be additional cost due to flooding, foundation issues, and mold growth. Not to mention the costs associated with moving out of the home during repair.



There are numerous safety concerns related to a broken or damaged sewer pipe:

  • Pests can enter the home through cracked or broken pipes
  • Mold growth
  • Harmful sewer gasses can seep into the home
  • Water from a broken sewer line can contain bacteria & viruses


Warning Signs

So what are some warning signs for a potential sewer pipe problem?

  • Random patches of green grass (water leaking out and ‘watering’ grass from below)
  • Large trees in the yard (and subsequent large roots)
  • Home greater than 20 years old
  • Pest control issues
  • Identification of mold
  • Foul smell
  • Improper drainage: frequent clogging and overflowing. Especially into showers and bathtubs.



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