Why a Sewer Scope Inspection

Sewer Scope Inspections



What Is A Sewer Scope Inspection?

A home inspector performs a sewer scope inspection by threading a long, flexible camera into the home’s plumbing drain in order to identify any leaks, broken pipes, blockages or other serious issues. Video from the camera is transmitted to a screen for viewing by inspector and is also recorded for the homeowner to see within the report. If any potential issues are observed, a licensed plumber is recommended to perform a thorough evaluation and provide a quote for repair.


Why A Sewer Scope Inspection?

A sewer scope inspection is performed in order 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. It is wise to consider a sewer scope inspection if:

  • Home is greater than 20 years old
  • Large trees in the yard 
  • Evidence of pest control issues
  • Random patches of green grass
  • Evidence of mold 
  • A foul smell
  • Evidence of improper drainage such as frequent clogging and overflowing


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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Safety & Financial Implications

There are numerous 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
  • Sewer line maintenance and repair can cost thousands of dollars


Please let us know if you would like more information about sewer scopes or if we can add one to your property inspection. Follow us on IG for more tips & tricks regarding home maintenance, home buying and more @brownandcohomes

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