What To Know About Getting A Video Sewer Inspection Before Buying A House

If you're planning to buy an older house with several trees in the backyard, you may want to consider having a sewer inspection done first, especially if the home has a septic tank. The biggest enemies of sewer pipes are tree roots, and since the pipe is hidden under the ground, you have no way of knowing what kind of shape it is in unless you hire someone to do a camera inspection. This is the way an inspection works.

The Camera Provides Live Video

A sewer camera is a tiny waterproof video camera that's attached to the end of a long probe. The probe is stiff so it can be pushed through the sewer pipe. The camera can move up and down slopes and even make turns as it follows the pipe from one end to the other. The video feed is sent back to a monitor the professional watches in real time. This allows him or her to adjust the position of the camera to get the best view. Photographs can be taken in case you want proof of damage to show to the seller that may help you negotiate a lower price for the home. The photographs can also be saved to compare to photos taken after repairs are done so you know the work was done right.

What The Video Reveals

One thing to look for during the video inspection is the presence of tree roots burrowing through the pipe. If there are roots, you will have ongoing problems with clogs that will require you to call a plumber on a regular basis to fix. When the tree roots are cut away, your drains will flow freely for a period of time, but eventually, the roots grow back and the clogs return. Another thing to look for is damage to the sewer pipe itself. Roots can actually bust the pipe so it collapses. That can be a very costly repair. You definitely want to know if the home has a damaged sewer line before you buy it.

Using Video To Determine Repairs Needed

If the camera inspection picks up signs of damage, the contractor can use the footage to recommend a fix so you have an idea of how much repairs will cost. This will prepare you to deal with the seller in an informed way. If the pipe is damaged, but not collapsed, the contractor may recommend repairing it by pulling a liner through the pipe to seal off the cracks and keep tree roots out. However, if the pipe is too far gone, it will probably have to be dug up and totally replaced, which would cost more money and tear up the yard in the process.

A video inspection of a home's sewer line reveals a lot of useful information about the condition of the pipe. It saves you from guessing and hoping everything is in good shape. If the home is old enough that tree roots have been working on the pipe for years, then it's probably best to spend a little money now on an inspection rather than risk it and spend a lot more later on sewer repairs. Contact a company like Rapid Rooter Inc to learn more.