Lower the Risk of Buying a Home with Plumbers' Sewer Inspections

Lower the Risk of Buying a Home with Plumbers' Sewer Inspections

Shortly after a family moved into an older home they found the water was backing up onto the floor every time they did the laundry. They had to call Roto-Rooter to clean out the pipes. A neighbor who saw the truck in the driveway commented, "Welcome to the neighborhood. All the homes on this street have problems." A few years later the family had to dig up the floor and replace the main water line at a cost of several thousand dollars. As it turned out, the old cast iron pipes were blocked with calcification that had developed inside the line. No auger could ever penetrate the hardened mineral deposits.

You can avoid an unpleasant surprise such as this by asking our Roto-Rooter plumbers to conduct a video inspection before you buy a home.

When to Get an Inspection

Any home could benefit from a sewer inspection. However, if you are buying an older home, we strongly recommend that you get a video inspection. Even homes built as recently as 20 years ago can develop problems as the home ages and the ground settles around the pipes.

Problems Revealed by a Sewer Inspection

There are many different problems that a sewer inspection can reveal, including the following:

  • Mineral buildup on cast iron pipes
  • Tree roots that are growing in the pipes
  • Broken, cracked, or collapsed lines
  • Low spots where the pipe has dropped as the ground settled
  • Misaligned or leaky seams

How a Sewer Inspection Works

A sewer inspection uses a high-resolution camera that is attached to a fiber optic cable. A plumber will insert the camera into the line. As the video travels through the pipes, it captures real-time images and transmits them to a monitor where it is recorded. The images reveal everything about the inside of the pipes. It shows the exact nature of a problem and its specific location, including the depth of the pipe.

Use the Information in Purchasing a House

Armed with the video results from our plumbing company, you can make an informed choice about purchasing the home. You can also use this information to help negotiate a better deal on the house.

  • You have the power to negotiate for a lower sales price.
  • You have information that allows you to ask for a plumbing allowance before the sale is closed.
  • You can require that the plumbing be repaired before you close on the home.
  • You can accept the home as-is, knowing what the problems are.
  • You can walk away from the purchase of the home and find another one to buy.


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