Why Should I Check the Sewer Line?


Homeowner’s in houses built more than 20 years ago, especially on lots with many trees, it is a good idea to have a video scan of the lateral sewer lines performed to ensure there are no issues or conditions that may cause future problems., and if your property has a lot of big trees, that video scan is worthwhile regardless of when your home was built. Damage can also occur in new construction when the drain line trench was not properly back filled then run over with heavy equipment.

During a home inspection, we visually inspect the exterior of the accessible drain lines. Unfortunately, most of the main drain line is not visible.   Knowing the condition of your drain lines is important because damage can cause issues that can be expensive to repair.


A sewer scope is a long cable with a camera that is sent into the drain line to observe the condition of the pipe.   We access the drain line through a readily accessible clean out. The inspector will determine the best access point, and the report will outline where the line was entered. The camera inspection does not scope every drain line in the home or all the drain lines running underneath the house.

The intent is to inspect the line that runs from the house to the final service point and to inspect this buried line for defects. This information can be used to make decisions about when to re-pipe and consider costs for such work, which is great to know before purchasing a home.


This is a recent picture from a sewer line that was installed 8 years ago in an established Va Beach neighborhood during an extensive remodel. The tree roots had lifted the drain line causing a separation.

Many property owners are not aware that they are responsible for the sewer line from the house to the city main. Broken, flat, bellied, offset, or root-infested sewer lines can cause sewage to back up into a house leading to property damage. Insurance companies may pay for cleanup and restoration, but repair or replacement of the line is typically excluded, which can cost thousands of dollars to repair.

Don’t risk a sewer back up in your home. Our inspectors will scope your lines and present you with an UNBIASED review of your system including highlighting any necessary repairs.