If you are considering purchasing an older home, what have you done to cover your bases? In most cases, buyers are satisfied with just a general home inspection to settle any concerns they may have. What they should do, however, is take a closer look at the plumbing and have it inspected even closer. For homes built 30-50 years ago, there is a bigger threat of problems that could be lurking around the corner. For this reason, you should have a sewer inspection done on the property to see what kind of condition it is in.
There are a lot of reasons to have a sewer line inspected, even if you have lived in your house for 10 years or more. First, growing roots from trees and other large plants tend to gravitate toward sewer lines because of the moisture. Once roots start to wrap around the line, they have been known to break open cracks and latch onto the gunk and grime that has been left behind for nutrients. Unless the roots have been killed and removed, the chance of them growing back and causing more problems is certain. Resolving this issue entirely requires excavation and pipeline replacement.
Cesspools used to be where sewage would go before sewer systems were made available. If you are interested in a property that is hooked up to the sewer, an inspection may reveal that an old cesspool still needs to be removed. If these are not taken care of, they can lead to backups and other problems.
A lot of homes that were built between the 1920s and 1940s have sewer lines made out of a material that is a lot like tar paper. These pipes have a propensity for failing and needing a complete replacement with modern materials. If this is the case for a property you are considering buying, knowing about this problem beforehand may warrant an adjustment in price.
For information about sewer inspection services, give Roto-Rooter a call to speak with a friendly representative about quotes and scheduling a service appointment with a certified technician.
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