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Sewer Scope Inspections

Trademark Home Inspection, LLC can perform a lateral line sewer scope on your sewer line. We will provide you with a written report as well as a link to the video within 24hours of the sewer scope inspection.

Most people do not realize that the lateral sewer line that runs from the house to the road is their responsibility. When problems exist with the sewer line repairs can be very expensive. Understanding the condition of the sewer line when purchasing a home can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs. While knowing the condition of your sewer line as a homeowner can save you from a full replacement to maybe just a small repair.

When Should I Have A Sewer Scope Inspection Performed?

When Purchasing a Home – When you are purchasing a home it is a wise investment to have a sewer scope inspection performed. Though water is run during the home inspection, clogs and other issues won’t show themselves until solids are introduced into the system and sometimes not for months after you move in.

As a Homeowner – Obviously if you are having issues with backups of your sewer or slow drains. But, it is also a good idea to have a sewer scope inspection performed every 5 years as part of your routine maintenance. Remember small problems are fixed more easily and usually at a cheaper cost.

What About New Construction? Absolutely, you should have a sewer scope inspection on a new construction home. New construction homes have some unique issues when it comes to the sewer line.

  • Construction debris such as drywall mud and small pieces of wood can get put down drain lines.
  • Lines can become separated during the back filling of the trench in which they were placed.
  • Bellies can occur due to reckless back filling of the sewer line trench.

Common problems found During Sewer Scope Inspection

  • Low Areas: also known as a ‘belly’, these low areas can collect water and solid waste, causing poor flow through the pipe and can lead to back-up and damage to the pipe as it sags further.
  • Tree Roots: small gaps in sections of piping can allow tree roots to enter the sewer line. As the roots grow, the pipe can break and crack, requiring repair. Minor tree root intrusion can be rooted and cleared on a regular basis, with minimal or no significant pipe damage. Assessing the amount of root intrusion is part of a sewer scope inspection.
  • Debris: Occasionally construction debris or other items can become lodged in the sewer line, preventing the flow of waste through the pipe.
  •  Pipe Collapse: if extreme root intrusion has occurred or significant soil settlement has occurred around the area due to offsets or a low area, complete pipe collapse can occur, requiring full excavation and repair of the sewer line. While rare, this condition can be assessed as part of a sewer scope inspection.
  • Offsets: on some older piping, sections in the piping can separate, causing an offset in the piping to occur. Solid waste may not clear this offset, and wastewater will seep into the surrounding soil, causing further settlement and eventual breakdown of the piping.

Who Is Responsible?

Sewer Line Who Is Responsable
InterNACHI Sewer Scope Certified

Sample Sewer Scope Video

What People Are Saying

Tyler helped us today with our home inspection and he was great! He was very detailed, put things in simple terms for us and felt very comfortable with him helping us. He did a Sewer scope for us as well and 100% recommend it. We found an issue with the Sewer pipe even with a new build house. Would recommend Tyler to anyone looking for an inspection!

Scott Carrgill - Waterford, MI

Highly recommend Jim. He was very thorough, knowledgeable, and able to navigate with little ones around on inspection day. We appreciated the time he took with us to ensure we were comfortable and taught us quite a few new things in the process. Thanks Jim!

We Are Open!

First we would like to say our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by COVID-19. We would like to also express our sincere gratitude for all of the first responders and their hard work.

In light of recent news regarding COVID-19 in Michigan, The Department of Insurance and Financial Services, inspections are deemed an “Essential Service”, and our office has implemented policies in line with what the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services are recommending. All of our inspectors have also taken and passed the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI’s) class COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Home Inspectors and gained Certification.

Keeping Everyone SAFE!

Typically, we encourage our client(s) to attend their home inspection however, the current COVID-19 guidelines dictate that we no longer are allowed to have our client(s) or their agents  attend the inspection. Our inspectors will call the client at the end of the inspection and once payment is received to briefly sum up our findings. In addition, we require that the sellers must also vacate their home during the inspection. In order to comply with CDC guidelines, if they do not have another residence they are welcome to stay in their vehicle, at the premises, during the inspection.

During inspections we will: 

  • Wash hands multiple times during every inspection, especially after touching things like faucets and door handles.
  • Bring hand towels or paper towels for drying our hands. 
  • If available, we’ll keep hand sanitizer nearby and use it when needed.
  • If available, use disinfectant wipes or the equivalent on faucets and door handles.
  • We will not shake hands or bump fists.
  • We will avoid touching our faces.
  • If requested by the seller, our inspector will wear a mask during the inspection.
  • If any of our inspectors have a fever or cough, we will not conduct the inspection.
  • If any of our inspectors have been exposed to COVID-19, we will not conduct the inspection.

Likewise, if anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 21 days, have come in contact with someone who has, or if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule to a later date:  

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of Breath

Thank you again for trusting Trademark Home Inspection, LLC with your inspection needs and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

COVID-19 Safe Practices