Sewer Line Inspection: Is it Necessary?

By: | Published On: May 25, 2023 | Categories: Plumbing

When in the market for a new home, a multitude of foundational factors are taken into consideration. Most home inspections cover a thorough search of everything visible on the inside and outside of the house. Not all inspectors offer a sewer line inspection due to the expenses of the necessary equipment, and since this is not an aspect of the home that is visible, it can easily be overlooked.

What Does a Sewer Inspection Entail?

A sewer line inspection is a process in which a sewer scope is inserted into the lines of the home and documents any debris, cracks, or other issues along its path. Over time, lines settle and tree roots lengthen, which can cause extensive damage that is not visible to the eye inside or outside of the home. Having these clear images from the scope camera makes it very easy to see where any problem areas are, and also makes it easier to make repairs when needed.

Do I Need To Have a Sewer Line Inspection Performed?

In many instances, even newly constructed homes have sewer lines that have failed to be properly installed. For example, there could be a connection issue or a line running without enough downhill slope to keep it from backing up or trapping debris. Homes that are over 20 years old or have had recent arbor landscaping would be excellent candidates for an inspection to ensure there are no issues hiding beneath the surface. At $50-$250 a foot, replacing the main sewer line can be one of the most expensive items to repair on a home and may not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Having these concerns put to rest before buying a new home prevents the potential thousands of dollars of repairs from being done shortly down the road.

Here you can see tree roots have compromised a section of the sewer line.
This sewer line is free and clear of debris.

What Does a Sewer Line Inspection Cost?

Through a licensed plumbing company, sewer line inspections typically cost somewhere between $250-$300. However, with a BrickKicker home inspection, this service adds an additional fee of about $195. Oftentimes, if an inspector of ours has thoroughly observed the property and deems it necessary, they will advise that a sewer line inspection be performed. Another added benefit of having this service conducted by The BrickKicker is that there is no monetary incentive of finding a problem where one does not exist. This gives our clients peace of mind knowing they are receiving an informed and professional, yet unbiased, opinion.

Sewer Line Inspections with The BrickKicker

The BrickKicker is proud to offer this additional service to our clients. There are, however, instances in which a plumber’s skill set may be necessary, as not all sewer lines are accessible without hardware or appliance removal. Regardless of the situation, our team is prepared to recommend the best services around for any plumbing needs that may be required. If you are unsure of whether or not you should request a sewer line inspection, we are ready to help! Call us today with any concerns or questions, or to schedule your inspection. We guarantee to have your best interest in mind!