Sewer Scan

Sewer Scan helps you avoid potential sewer backup!

The main sewer line from the home to the city connection is the responsibility of the homeowner and repairs can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000.

A plumbing company charges $500+ for a Sewer Scan, our fee is only $189 when added to your home inspection.

A regular home inspection excludes any systems that are not visible, such as the sewer line. The only sewer scan testing that can be performed, is running water down the drain and making sure that water goes through it.

However, it is possible to have a 75% blockage with roots penetration and the water is still flowing through it. Water will drain during a home inspection with only a few gallons of water going down the drain line. But when a family uses the house systems fully, taking a shower, draining a tub, dishwasher, a washing machine, or flushing a toilet, it might overwhelm the partially clogged waste pipe and back up into the house. With sewer scan you can prevent those costly repairs.

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(Your FREE 90-day SewerGard warranty will be extended to 6 months!)

Common Problems

  • Root Growth: There is root growth present which is commonly a result of a damaged drain line or void in a joint.
  • Offset:  There is an offset in the drain line where two pipes are not properly connected and there is a „lip“that can cause clogging and leakage.
  • Belly:  There is a low point in the drain line which will promote clogging.
  • Debris:  There is debris build-up in the line, we recommend clearing as needed to prevent further clogging.
  • Scale Buildup:  There is scale build-up inside the sewer line which will promote clogging.
  • Damage Line:  There is a section of damaged drain line found.  We recommend the repair of all damaged lines.

Types of Repairs

  • Rooting: The pipes are a source of the water, nutrients, and oxygen that roots need. And when a root finds a leak, it will quickly grow into the pipe and obstruct the flow of waste, causing blockages, broken pipes, and other serious headaches for homeowners.
  • Scale removal:  The cast iron scale/corrosion shown builds up on drainpipes and must be removed with a better equipped with a descaler head.
  • Hydro jetting:  Hydro jetting is a method used by plumbing contractors to clean clogged or slow sewage lines. A blast of water at high pressure is sent into the lines that will usually remove blockages and build-up. Hydro jetting systems normally use about 4000 psi
  • Last Resort: Digging pipe up & replacing the pipe (the most expensive)

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I CHOOSE A GOOD HOME INSPECTOR?

Choosing a good Home Inspector is key. There are many out there so be sure to do your research first. Look for an inspector with extensive experience, certifications, credentials and insurance.

WHAT CERTIFICATIONS AND/OR CREDENTIALS SHOULD A GOOD HOME INSPECTOR OFFER?

Look for an Inspector that is affiliated with ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors.) An Inspector with certifications in areas of importance such as Radon Testing, Mold Testing and Remediation, is also key to providing you a thorough inspection.

WHY CAN’T I HAVE SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY WHO IS VERY HANDY OR A CONTRACTOR, INSPECT MY NEW HOME?

This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, most likely, they are not trained or experienced at professional Home Inspections. Professional Home Inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional Inspectors have a keen instinct for problems. This instinct takes extensive training and years of experience to develop.

HOW LONG WILL THE INSPECTION TAKE?

Most Inspections take about two to three hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.

SHOULD I BE PRESENT DURING AN INSPECTION?

Yes; we recommend that clients not only be present during the inspection, but also involved. Home Inspection Professionals strive to be the best and a big part of how we do that is by educating our clients about the property they are looking to purchase. By being a part of the process, clients not only become familiar with the subject property but also become informed about the investment opportunity they are faced with.

CAN A HOUSE FAIL AN INSPECTION?

There is no pass or fail. While it is true that a thorough home inspection may uncover areas of concern, some which may present costly repairs, a need for updates and improvements or future maintenance and upkeep challenges, the evaluation may also bring to light attractive and valuable assets which sometimes lie hidden under the surface. HIA’s 1600 point home inspection gives clients a piece of mind, allowing them to be confidence in their buying decision.

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