This is a big problem in homes that were built in the 1950s or earlier. Many of these homes used “Orangeburg Pipe”, a type of pipe that is made from layers of wood pulp and tar, pressed together tightly.Over time, these pipes disintegrate and collapse. If the sewer line is built out of Orangeburg pipe, it must be replaced. And the only way to know if this is the case is to check with a sewer scope. Orangeburg pipes aren’t the only concern, though. Even pipes made of PVC, metal, or other materials can fail, as the ground shifts and compresses the piping.
Sewer Scope Inspections
If you’re a first-time home buyer, you’re probably excited, and you’re getting ready to close on the deal, and purchase your dream home. That’s great – but before you act too quickly, you need to make sure you truly inspect your home thoroughly.
Sure, you may have gotten a home inspection before you put in an offer on the property, but even a home inspection is not enough to catch every problem. To make sure that your property is free of any major issues, you also need a sewer scope inspection. If you don’t, you could miss a number of potential issues that could cost you a lot of money in the future.
Benefits Of A Sewer Scope Inspection
- Peace of mind – If the results of the inspection are good, you’ll know that your home’s sewer system is in great shape, and that you won’t have to worry about the unexpected cost of a repair.
- You can be proactive – If the scope inspection shows a small clog or another minor issue, you can simply fix the problem after you close on the house. However, if you don’t know about the problem, it could get worse over time – resulting in high repair costs later on.
- Avoid costly repairs – If the sewer line has major faults and must be replaced, inspecting it will allow you to avoid the cost of the repair.You may be able to use your inspection contingency to negotiate a lower price for the home, or to get the other party to fix the issue before you move in. If they don’t agree to do so, you can walk away from the deal. Either way, you avoid the expense of replacing the sewer line yourself.