Sewer Line Evaluations
Sewer inspections are a proactive tool that can save you from expensive future sewer repairs and the ordeal of a sewer backup or other issues. All-Pro Home Inspections offers sewer inspection services in Nashville and the surrounding areas. Call (615) 337-1277, schedule online now, or get an instant quote.
Why Do I Need a Sewer Line Evaluation?
The challenge with sewer lines is that they are simply not visible to our home inspectors during a home inspection. The only way to know if you have a problem inside of the main sewer line is to allow our inspectors to run a sewer camera down the pipe. Get ahead of any problems by scheduling a thorough Sewer Line Evaluation.
Issues We May Uncover During an Evaluation
Tree root intrusions
Sewer line failures
Sags in pipeline
Clogs of any kind
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a sewer line evaluation really necessary?
Since the main sewer line is underground, the only way to tell if a problem exists or is in danger of soon occurring is through a sewer line camera inspection.
No. In this inspection, we target the long main sewer line. Our protocol is to run the camera from the clean out to a maximum of 130 feet until it encounters either 1) an impassable issue, 2) the city’s sewer connection, or 3) the septic tank. Additional lines such as secondary drain lines, interior drain lines, and septic tanks are not part of this evaluation.
The cleanout can be situated in a number of places including the basement, crawl space, garage, or yard. Never fear, we will find it, remove the cap, and insert the camera.
Yes. At times we can’t complete the inspection if there is no cleanout, if the cleanout is inaccessible to the camera, or if the cleanout is not removeable. However, once the cleanout has been repaired, we will return to complete the inspection.
First, we locate the cleanout and insert the camera into the main sewer pipe. Then we run the camera up to 130 feet or until we encounter a blockage, the city’s sewer connection or the septic tank. Next, we document our findings with photos. After that, we fill out a sewer line evaluation report including our photos and documentation. Lastly, we issue the report within 24 hours of the evaluation.
Even if the home is a new build, certain situations can still occur. Tree roots can intrude the main sewer line, the line may be improperly installed, or the main line may be affected by breakages, clogs, or sags. The only way to know for sure is with an inspection.
Yes. Many older homes were built with cast iron pipes, which have an average life-expectancy of 40-60 years. In addition, mature trees could pose root intrusion problems.
If there is a large tree root intrusion or other type of blockage that prevents our camera from passing through the main pipe, then at that point, we will stop the inspection. We recommend that you call a plumbing contractor to get a complete evaluation.
Our general home inspection includes a 90-day warranty on the main sewer line. If we also complete a sewer line video inspection, we automatically extend our warranty to 12 months.
No. During the inspection, we simply remove the cleanout cap, insert the camera, and then replace the cleanout cap to its original condition at the end. At any time if the camera is obstructed, we remove the camera and do not attempt to force it through.
If we find any problems, we will thoroughly document the issues with photo and written evidence (including the approximate footage of the problem) and present it to you in our report. At that point, we recommend that you contact a plumbing contractor to determine how to repair the damage.
Schedule a Sewer Line Evaluation Now
Don’t wait until sewage is backed up into your bathroom before you call the experts. All-Pro Home Inspections offers sewer line inspections that can catch problems before they become catastrophes. Contact All-Pro at (615) 337-1277 or schedule online now or get an instant quote. We serve Nashville and the surrounding areas including Franklin, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Mt. Juliet, and Murfreesboro with not only sewer line evaluations, but complete home inspections, stucco inspections, radon testing, termite evaluations, mold testing, and more! Questions? See our FAQ and common home issues pages for more information.