The old adage, "know before you buy" is great advice when it comes to purchasing a new home. Many buyers consider a home inspection to be sufficient to give them all the information they need. However, in our experience, many homeowners would have been better off if they had spent the money to get a video sewer inspection. A camera inspection of this sort costs only a few hundred dollars. A sewer replacement costs thousands.
Common problems that are found in a sewer line stem from tree roots. It doesn't matter if your house was built only 20 years ago, tree roots can still clog your drains. When tree roots are small, they enter your pipes through slight seams or small cracks. As the roots grow, they trap all sorts of debris that tries to flow down the pipe. Even if roots have been cleaned out, they can leave holes in the pipes that will allow the roots to reenter and grow again.
Homes that were built as recently as the 1960s may have used pipes that were not made of PVC. Pipes made out of cast iron can corrode over time and minerals can calcify on the surface until the opening is too small to allow anything through. This opening cannot be enlarged with a rooter and requires replacement pipes. Additionally, other older pipes were made out of a material called Orangeburg. Orangeburg pipes can deteriorate or collapse over time and require replacement.
One of the best technological advances for plumbing is the video camera. This is a device that is attached to a flexible rod and inserted into your sewer lines. It allows the technician to do the following:
Once you have completed the sewer inspection, you can utilize the information to help you with the purchase of your home. The inspection offers the following benefits:
You can rely on Roto-Rooter in Stoney Creek for all of your plumbing and drain care needs.
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