When most homebuyers order a home inspection, they rarely request a sewer scope inspection as part of the process. Perhaps it’s because most people don’t consider the sewer line part of the home.

However, that doesn’t mean a sewer scope inspection isn’t necessary. This inspection is essential for a buyer who’s serious about understanding their investment and planning to care for the property.

If you haven’t yet ordered a sewer line inspection, here are a few signs you may need one.

Reasons to Order a Sewer Scope Inspection

1. Clogged Drains Throughout the House

Localized clogs may point to a problem with one specific drain or area of your house. However, if all the drains in your home are slow, the issue might be further down the drainage and sewage system.

The most significant cause of multiple clogged drains is an obstruction in the main sewer line. As a result, you may experience problems such as slow drains or sewage water seeping up into your sink, shower, or bathtub. If you notice these issues, it’s time to order a sewer scope inspection.

2. Flourishing Sections of a Dry Lawn

It may seem unpleasant, but sewer water is a potent fertilizer. As a result, areas of the lawn near a leak tend to have thicker, greener grass than the rest of the yard. If you notice sections of the yard where foliage thrives, you may have a sewer leak. Neglecting sewer leak repairs could cost thousands of dollars in updates and repairs.

3. Sewer Scope Inspection: Bad Odors

While there are many other signs you may need a sewer scope inspection, the biggest giveaway is a sewage odor or a smelly damp section of your yard.

Leaking sewer lines typically give off a strong smell. Sewage contains bacteria and methane gas that lead to unpleasant odors.

You may notice a bad smell outside, which could seep into your home’s interior. The best cause of action is to contact a plumber as soon as possible and order a camera inspection to make sure there are no major issues.

4. The Home Was Built Before 1970

Homes built before the ’70s often had cast-iron drains or Orangeburg pipes. While these alternatives were more affordable, especially Orangeburg pipes, these materials will likely deteriorate and cause issues.

On the other hand, cast-iron drains reach the end of their life expectancy between 25-50 years. If your home is older, you may need a camera inspection to determine the condition of the plumbing.

If you’re wondering whether a sewer inspection is necessary, look for the signs above. Reach out to a professional plumber as soon as possible and order an inspection of your home’s sewer system.

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