Buying a house is already a complicated process. Just finding the right place can take forever, and then you often have to "win" the house by outbidding the competition. After that, you need to deal with nearly endless paperwork. By the time you get to the inspections, you might overlook the sewer line. However, having a sewer line inspection done can save you thousands of dollars down the road. 

Tree Roots

Sewer line inspections are particularly needed for older homes. They are most at risk for root infiltration in their sewer lines from mature trees. These roots are attracted to the moisture in the lines and can find any little crack or opening to infiltrate. Although chemical treatments can temporarily get rid of them, the roots eventually grow back and can destroy the entire system. Sometimes fixing the problem will require extensive and expensive excavation.

Other Problems

A sewer line inspection can also reveal a number of unexpected items lodged in the pipes, especially if children lived in the home. Keys, toys, jewelry and any number of items that one wouldn't expect can end up in the line and cause serious problems. An inspection can also reveal grease build-up that can be remedied before the system overflows. Cracked pipes can also be identified through an inspection, meaning they can be repaired before they collapse and require more costly repairs. If you catch them before you purchase the home, the seller will be responsible for the repair. You also have the option to pass on the home altogether. 

Video Camera Inspection

The inspections are done by using a video camera attached to a line that is inserted down "branch" sewer lines and/or the main sewer line that connects your house to the city or town's sewer. The camera can pinpoint exactly where the problems are and allow for repair if needed. Even these lesser problems can be extremely expensive to repair, so catching them before you buy the house can be a financial lifesaver. 

If you are in the process of buying a home, do not forget to have a sewer line inspection, particularly if the home is an older one. Sewer line disasters after the sale can cost you serious money, the kind you may not have on hand after other buying costs. While sewers may not be the first thing on your mind, you cannot afford to neglect them during the home buying process. For more information, speak with professionals like Canessco.