As part of my inspection services, I offer video inspections of a home’s sewer line also known as a sewer scope. Understanding the condition of the underground sewer drain line and knowing the extent and location of a particular problem will be a key part of your decision in purchasing a home.
Summer is a popular time to buy a new house, and with that comes home inspections. You may think of plumbing when considering a home inspection, but getting your lateral sewer line inspected often doesn’t come top of mind. It is, however, a very important ancillary service. A sewer scope inspection is performed by using a tiny camera to video record the lateral sewer line in a home that leads from the foundation of the house to the main sewer line. The recording will show any potential problems with the pipeline. Sewer scope inspections are typically recommended for homes older than 20 years. There are benefits to getting a sewer scope done and some risks if you forego it.
There are many different reasons why your lateral sewer line could have problems. One of them is tree roots. The roots like to soak up the water the pipes carry—they find a small crack in the line and push their way through. This can block the sewer line, causing plumbing issues. Settling is another potential issue a sewer scope could find. This happens when a sewer line sinks down into the ground and build-up occurs. Plumbers call these trenches “bellies.” The actual land itself can move too, causing problems known as ground shifting—earthquakes, ground water tables and excavations can all cause this. Older homes tend to have clay or concrete sewer lines, easily creating hazardous cracks.
There are certain telltale signs to look for when determining whether your lateral sewer line is damaged. One is a foul odor. If there’s a bad smell coming from your drain, it might be an indication that something is wrong with your sewer line. A wet and soggy lawn may also suggest your house has a busted line. The moisture caused by a broken pipeline makes the sewer susceptible to rodents and insects, which could ultimately enter your house through the pipes. Mold and mildew are another consequence of a leaky pipe. And lastly, broken slabs and wall cracks are an indication that you could have compromised piping. Fortunately, all these problems can be discovered by a sewer scope inspection.
A typical sewer scope inspection costs between $150 to $200 dollars and takes less than an hour to perform, depending on the house. This is small compared to the thousands of dollars you may spend fixing your lateral sewer line if you don’t catch the problem in time. The benefit of getting a sewer scope inspection done is having peace of mind knowing there are no issues with your main sewer line. The risk of not having one done is the financial burden it could carry months or years down the road if something goes unexpectedly wrong. If you don’t get one, you could end up digging up your yard. Better safe than sorry!
In short, getting a sewer scope inspection can save you money and hassle. It’s best to spend the extra money now because you never know what problems you may find later.
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We’ve won the 2020 Best of HomeAdvisor Award!
INSPX Home Solutions, LLC is pleased to announce it has been named a recipient of the 2020 Best of HomeAdvisor Award. This award honors top-notch professionals who provide extraordinary quality, service and value in the home inspection industry.
Since we launched our company, our priority has been to provide the highest level of quality service with fair and transparent pricing. Customer happiness is important to us and we’re thankful for all of the positive feedback and reviews we’ve received from our customers. Thanks to you, we’ve been recognized by HomeAdvisor and received their “Best of 2020”award.
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INSPX Home Solutions is a family-owned and operated light commercial and residential Inspection Company. located in Rancho Mirage, serving the entire Coachella Valley & surrounding Desert Cities.
We take pride in treating our customers with honesty, respect and professionalism, while following our company’s belief in, “Inspecting each home as if it were our own!”
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INSPX Home Solutions, LLC is a fully Insured, State and county registered business serving the Entire Coachella Valley and Surrounding Desert Areas along with most of Riverside County.
Whether you are a buyer, seller, investor, or real estate professional, we are capable of providing you with the expert inspection services you need.
Our team of certified inspectors adhere to InterNACHI's Standards of Practice and training/continuing education requirements in order to deliver a high level of service.
We continuosly strive to go above and beyond to ensure your complete satisfaction and help you meet your Home buying goals.
Paul Johnson is a Certified Professional Inspector - CPI® and proud member of InterNACHI®.
As owner-operator of INSPX Home Solutions, LLC, he has more than two decades of experience in the real estate industry, This includes time as a real estate agent and even as an appraiser.
Being the lead Inspector at INSPX, his background includes Air Conditioning, Roofing, Building Construction and drywall to a variety of installation - including patio’s, bar-b-que, irrigation systems and even underground plumbing work.
Paul holds certifications from the AARST-NRPP in radon testing, is a Certified Energy Score Assessor accredited with the Department of Energy, and In addition to his more than 30 Certifications from hours and hours of training and Continued Education, Paul holds a two-year degree from the College of the Desert.
His various credentials include the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors as a Certified Professional Inspector - CPI® , the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2) as an indoor air quality consultant.
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Paul Johnson, Owner of INSPX Home Solutions, LLC, along side is his wife, Mallory. Working to provide quality inspection services for the entire Coachella Valley & surrounding desert areas.
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