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Video inspection of the main sewer line

     One of the potential "big ticket" items to know about when purchasing a home is the condition of the sewer line.


     As a homeowner you are responsible for the drain line as it leaves the home until it connect with the municipal sewer line. 


     This infrastructure is made of cast iron, PVC, clay tile or a combination of these, and usually runs 75 to 100 feet long.

PVC sewer lines can crack or break if there is earth movement and can have backups due to waste buildup if the line is not properly sloped. Cast iron pipe can deteriorate due to rust-out, again, if the line is not properly sloped allowing sewage to pond in the same spot. Openings in the line allow sewage to leak out and wash away the support soil, further weakening the line. Clay tile pipe is suseptible to age deterioration, cracking and cave-ins. Clay tile is installed in 2 or 3 ft segments and it is at these joint that problems arise. Root incursion is the most common, but separations, dips or "bellies" and fractures of the clay are also found. 



Here is a sample of a sewer inspection video

     The clay pipes in the foreground are the culprits. The activity in the background is the result. Why the city is still using segmented clay pipe is not known. Perhaps price or ease of installation. But they are still in use, although they are said to only have a 75 year lifespan. 


     At Diamonds In The Rough Home Inspections we can perform an inspection of this system before you purchase the home, alerting you to potentially expensive repairs, showing you the necessity of regular maintentance, or just giving you the peace of mind that a clean bill of health provides. The sewer scope is usually scheduled for the day of the home inspection and takes roughly an hour. The video is then analyzed and posted in the inspection report as a YouTube video.