The Redpine Home Inspector advises that every property should be Sewer Scoped before purchase.
Why is a sewer scope important?
Having sewer scope inspections before closing can help identify signs of damage early, like root damage, broken line and or degraded line. It can save on more expensive repairs down the line. Other examples could be settling soil: sewer lines that are located in improperly supported soil or in poorly built trench can begin to sag over time.
What Is a Sewer Scope?
A sewer scope is a video inspection of the lateral sewer line leading from the house at/near the foundation and connecting to the city or HOA tap or septic tank. A lateral sewer line is the privately-owned pipeline connecting the property to the publicly-owned main sewer line, HOA tap, or septic tank. Also, request for a copy of the video recording.