The sewer main line is buried under ground between your home or business, so unless you have Xray vision you can not tell the condition or what type of pipe material is under ground. We do not have Xray vision however we do have full color cameras that we send into your sewer main line pipe to help us detect breaks in pipe, vegetation root intrusion, off set pipes, foreign debris such as toys or clothing that can cause a back up in the system.
The sewer inspection process is not cut and dry and does in many cases come with challenges for the sewer inspector, such as locating the sewer clean out access. Many homes that have a sewer camera access may be buried under soil or blocked by storage or vegetation. If you are purchasing a new home it is highly recommended to have seller clearly point out the location of clean out before we arrive.
You can watch in real-time as your sewer line is being inspected by watching the full color monitor we provide at every inspection. After the Sewer Camera inspection our technician will explain his findings whether good or bad in a clear easy to understand manner and advise you if further evaluation for repair or Hydro-Jett cleaning is necessary.
Some homes do NOT have accessible sewer line clean-outs. So if there was a back up the sewerage would likely back up thru toilets and shower/bathtub drains causing a unpleasant mess in your home. Our Inspectors will try to locate your sewer clean-out and show you where it is. Older homes may not have a clean out installed, if this is the case we can advise you where to install one.
(A Sewer Main Line Camera Inspection is outside the scope of a general home inspection and NOT included, It is offered as an additional service for a fee).