A sewer scope inspection is done with a flexible borescope camera, which is fed through the drainpipe of your home and into the sewer lines. This lets the inspector see any potential issues with the sewer lines, such as clogs, cracks, broken pipes, and other problems.
A sewer scope inspection can reveal a number of different problems with a home’s sewer line. Some of the most common issues are:
- Collapsed or failed lines – This is a common problem in older homes built in the 1950s or earlier that have Orangeburg Pipe, which is prone to disintegrate and collapse over time. However, pipes made of PVC, metal, or other materials can fail as well. This is a result of ground shifts which compresses the piping.
- Pipe leakage or corrosion – Pipes can leak if a joint or fitting is out of place or damaged. Older metal pipes can corrode and break down over time.
- Tree root invasion – As tree roots grow, they can compress and crack sewer lines. Sometimes they even make their way into the line itself. Depending on the amount of damage, you may be able to just replace a single section of the pipe, or you might need to replace the entire line.