Sewer Line Scope and Video
A sewer scope is a video inspection of the lateral sewer line from the home's main cleanout and extended out to the connection of the cities sewer line or to the property's septic tank. The purpose of a sewer scope is to discover and report on defects that are visible in the lateral sewer line. At the end of the analysis a summary written report and copy of the video, with audio commentary, is delivered to the client by the end of the day.
Often, a sewer scan is done at the same time as a home inspection and part of the buyers pre-purchase discovery period.
Richard Katz is a certified sewer line inspector through The InterNachi School and Inspector Mentoring and Training.
InterNachi and the IM course is accredited by the US Department of Education.
Potential Repair Costs
Sewer line repair or replacement can cost between $80 and $250 per foot of pipe. Total repair costs of $20,000 are not unheard of. Knowing if there is a problem and what the repair costs might be is a critical piece of information during the home buying process.
Sewer Scan Cost
Scans on pipe lengths up to 150 feet (95% of homes in the Twin City area are have lines less that 125') will be $150.00 if bundled with a home inspection. The cost as a stand alone service will be $175.00
The invoice to the right shows the repair costs attributed to issues found in a recent sewer scan reformed by Katz Family Home Inspection. Note that the repair fee was just for an eight foot section of the line. Because the damage was under a city street the cost was magnified. This type of damage and the location of the issue is not an uncommon occurrence, especially in older homes.
The text below is one we received from Ballpark Realty. Our goal is to always put every client in the best possible position when purchasing a home!
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