Home Buyers: Get It Checked!
If you are buying home, especially if it is 20 years old or older, inspecting the sewer system can potentially save you money. TV camera inspections will detect "sags" or "bellies" in the line. These low spots catch the water and will restrict the flow of the line. Camera inspections can also show root intrusion. Roots may penetrate the line through joints or cracks; the roots will then expand and grow inside the sewer line and block or stop the flow of sewage. Additionally, a camera inspection can also alert a home buyer to a type of tar paper pipe called orangeburg. The sewer inspection can also show the length of sewer line and the overall condition.
Knowing about any potential issues with the sewer line can help save money during the home buying process or it can ease your mind that you are purchasing a home that will likely not have sewer related issues in the near future!