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The Importance of a Sewer Scope Inspection When Buying a Home

By:  Jon Teabo, President of A-Pro Home Inspection Services

A sewer scope inspection is a critical component of the home buying process that is often overlooked or ignored by potential home buyers. Despite its importance, many home buyers do not understand what a sewer scope inspection is, why it is important, and why it should be performed before purchasing a home.

A sewer scope inspection involves the use of a specialized camera to inspect the condition of the sewer line that runs from the house to the main sewer line. This inspection provides an in-depth look at the condition of the sewer line and can reveal any issues that may affect the functionality of the sewer system. Some common issues that can be uncovered during a sewer scope inspection include cracks, blockages, and roots growing into the line.

The importance of a sewer scope inspection lies in its ability to uncover potential problems with the sewer system before they become bigger and more expensive to fix. For example, a sewer line that is damaged or blocked can cause raw sewage to back up into the home, causing damage to the home's interior and creating a health hazard. Furthermore, repairing a damaged sewer line can be expensive and time-consuming, making it important to identify any issues before they become more problematic.

In addition to uncovering potential issues with the sewer line, a sewer scope inspection can also provide valuable information about the age and condition of the sewer line. This information can be used by home buyers to negotiate a better price for the home or to seek repairs from the seller before closing on the home.

It is important to note that sewer scope inspections should only be performed by professionals who have experience and specialized equipment for performing this type of inspection. Home buyers who are interested in having a sewer scope inspection performed should seek out a professional inspection company that specializes in this type of inspection.

In conclusion, a sewer scope inspection is an important aspect of the home buying process that should not be overlooked or ignored. By providing an in-depth look at the condition of the sewer line, a sewer scope inspection can help home buyers make informed decisions about the purchase of their new home, avoid costly repairs, and ensure a safe and functional sewer system for years to come.

About the Author

Jon Teabo is a professional home inspector and the owner of A-Pro Home Inspections in Tacoma, WA.  Since 2015, Jon has been helping home buyers and sellers make informed decisions by specializing in residential, commercial, and sewer scope inspections. Jon uses that experience to educate buyers and sellers, and in the process, facilitate fair beneficial transactions for everyone involved.

By focusing on friendly service and strong communication, Jon has been able to put the Certified Master Inspector certification he earned at the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors to good use.  Over the years, Jon has inspected thousands of homes and buildings for happy clients earning him a 5-star Google rating and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.  Jon may spend his days inspecting homes around Puget Sound, but it’s helping clients that gets them up in the morning. 

When Jon is not at out inspecting homes, he loves spending time on his boat exploring the Puget Sound with his family and friends.

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