Sewer Scope Inspection Process

The inspection process is purely visual and does not involve any dismantling of any components (except for removing a clean out cover). The inspection by our certified sewer line inspector will include:

  • A visual video survey of the main side drain line (lateral) via access from a standard clean out
  • A written report of the inspector’s findings and data interpretations
  • A hyperlink to view your sewer line video inspection
  • A physical marking placed on the site of an encountered defect

Sewer scope inspections do NOT include the following

  • The removal of plumbing fixtures or components
  • Construction, alteration or repairs of any kind to your current drain line
  • Investigating permits
  • Excessively long drain lines (over 200 feet)
  • Quoting repair costs, assessment or operation of sewer ejector pumps, etc.

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Common issues

Some common plumbing system failures may cause sewer gases to flow back into a building:

  • Loss of the water barrier resulting in dried-out piping and plumbing fixtures. This can be due to dry weather or infrequent use of a toilet, shower, or floor drain.
  • Plumbing line and drain cracks
  • Diffusion from a damaged or leach field septic system
  • Cracks in the foundational structure
  • Poor placement of plumbing vents (close proximity to HVAC or air intakes/windows)

Dangerous issues

Sewer gases within the home are the most common issues related to underperforming or damaged sewer lines and can result in a number of health complications, including death.

  • Hydrogen sulfide exposure and poisoning. Hydrogen sulfide is a very toxic and explosive gas that impairs a number of bodily functions, especially the nervous system. High levels of exposure can lead to pulmonary edema, loss of consciousness, and even death.
  • Asphyxiation (suffocation). Sewer gases may eventually displace oxygen content within homes and gradually asphyxiate inhabitants.
  • Fire or explosion via methane and hydrogen sulfide gas build-up.
  • Sewer smell odor, often times characterized as sulfurous or like rotten eggs. A harsh, ammonia-like smell may also develop and affect the respiratory and olfactory system.

Plumbing issues in the top 10 of common inspection problems



A sewer line inspection can save you thousands.

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