How To Inspect Sewer Plumbing

If you are buying a home, one of the most important things to do is to get a home inspection. This inspection can give things that are easily accessible a thorough looking at to ensure everything is in top shape. However, many home inspectors have no way of checking your sewage line or plumbing to make sure it’s working. Here are a few tips to make sure your sewage plumbing is in working order.

Why Inspect The Sewer Line

Sewer lines need to be free and clear in order to keep your plumbing in working order. Everything in your home that has plumbing eventually goes to the sewer line. This includes your dishwasher drain, sink, shower, bathtub and toilets. They all feed into one sewer line that takes it away from the property. If this line gets blocked up, you can have a very messy situation all over your floors and hands.

Sewer lines are notorious for cracking or rusting out. When these cracks happen, water can seep out of the lines. When water seeps out of the lines, it alerts any nearby roots to come and make their homes inside the sewer line. Roots are the main cause of sewer blockages and have to be dealt with every few months just to keep the line clear.

How To Inspect The Line

There are a few ways to check your sewer line. One way is through smoke testing plumbing systems which essentially fill the sewer line with smoke. This helps you to see if smoke is coming up through your foundation to show you if there are leaks right under your foundation slab.

Another way to inspect your line is by sending a camera down it to visually inspect the quality of the sewer pipe lining to check for defects or cracks. This involves sending a camera down a long snake line to check out the length of the pipe.

These two methods can cost different amounts, but both are great to give you an idea of the shape your sewage lines are in.

So next time you are looking into buying an older home, don’t forget to take the time and spend the money on a sewer line inspection. The money you spend on these tests is very small in comparison to the type of money you could spend replacing a sewer line due to cracks, holes, and root issues.