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Why Rooter Hero Plumbing Warns Homebuyers against Purchasing a Home without a Sewer Line Inspection
August 17 / 2015

Why Rooter Hero Plumbing Warns Homebuyers against Purchasing a Home without a Sewer Line Inspection

While home buying often requires a home inspection, that home inspection usually does not include a proper check of the property's sewer lines. Our team here at Rooter Hero Plumbing recommends having a complete sewer line inspection before purchasing a home. Clogged sewer lines can result in major damages to your home, and many of those damages are not, necessarily, covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. Paying for those kinds of repairs right after buying a home is not usually something that many people can afford to do after exhausting their savings for a home purchase.

Why Should I Have a Sewer Line Inspection?

Tree roots grow and expand over time, making their way into sewer lines. While chemicals can sometimes get rid of tree roots temporarily, they can grow back and cause major damage that requires extensive excavation and property damage to fix properly. Did you buy an older home? Some homes, in particularly, those built in the 1950s, have sewer lines that were made of tar paper known as Orangeburg. Because Orangeburg will eventually collapse, these kinds of lines need to be replaced right away. Having to replace an entire sewer system can be a financially devastating situation. Protect yourself, your property, and your savings by ensuring the septic system is properly inspected before you buy the home. It can cost thousands of dollars to replace a septic system. Wouldn't you rather spend your money on more exciting improvements to your new home?

How Is Sewer Line Inspection Completed?

Septic line inspections are much easier today thanks to technological advances that are more readily available. Equipment like video cameras can be threaded through the line, allowing plumbers to have a clear view of the entire septic system and revealing any problem areas.  As the camera snakes through the septic lines, it displays the images on a monitor so you can confirm what is going on within the septic system. Because it is important to stay current on plumbing issues, these images can be saved for future reference. To learn more about septic line inspections, call Rooter Hero Plumbing to discuss this important aspect of the home inspection and buying process. We also perform water heater inspections and general plumbing evaluations prior to home purchase.