Sewer Line Scoping

A sewer scope inspection uses a tiny camera to video record the lateral sewer line in a home that leads from the house’s foundation to the main sewer line. The process is meant to determine the state of the sewer line. In most situations, several problems have ranged from pipe collapse, grease buildup, and cracking. Others include tree root ingress, offset pipes, and sags or low areas. Any of these situations will need to be resolved to ensure the normal functioning of the line.

Sewer Line Scoping
Sewer Line Scoping

A sewer scope inspection uses a camera to take videos of a sewer line. This line connects the house and the foundation to the city sewer line or septic tank. This inspection looks for cracks, rust, deterioration, root infiltrations and broken pipes.

Issues that may require a sewer scope are:
  • Root growth
  • Misaligned pipes
  • Blockage
  • Bellied sections
  • Damaged or crushed pipe
Septic Tank Inspections

To prevent issues, it is highly recommended that you have your septic system inspected every one to two years. The inspection should be a serious consideration if you are purchasing or selling your home. The inspector can inform the homeowner when to next have the septic tank pumped. Alternative septic systems may have mechanical parts and should also be inspected at least once a year or as recommended by the manufacturer.

A septic tank inspection includes:

  • Locating the septic system and uncovering access holes.
  • Opening the inspection port to check the internal slabs (baffles) and their condition.
  • If the system has an effluent filter, the inspector will check to see if it needs to be cleaned.
  • Flushing all toilets in the residence.
  • Checking for signs of sewage or wastewater backup.
  • Measuring scum and sludge layers.
  • Identifying leaks if possible.
  • Inspecting mechanical parts if applicable.
  • Recommending tank pumping if necessary.
  • Checking the grounds over the drain field for sogginess or ponding,]. This could indicate improper drainage, a clogged system, excessive water use.