There is water backing up in the property drainage systems. When this happens, it could be a clog in the drain or it could be an issue with the sewer line. You might think that the city should be responsible for the sewer line, but they aren’t – except for the main sewer line. This starts past your property boundaries. Unfortunately, the homeowner is responsible for the lower and upper lateral lines, which are the other parts of the sewer line on the owner’s property. Call a professional to do a proper diagnosis.
There is shifting or movement of the ground. This is also another sign that there is a problem with the sewer. Unfortunately, moving soil or ground can cause the sewer line to break or offset.
WHAT IS THE INSPECTOR LOOKING FOR?
1. Material Type, (PVC, ABS, Clay, Cast Iron or Orangeburg)
2. Damaged or Crushed Pipe
3. Root Growth Penetration
4. Misaligned Joints
5. Bellied Sections
At the end of the day, a sewer scope gives you, “Peace of Mind” knowing you won't have any unexpected costly repairs in the near future of your sewer line. To be quite frank, you're about to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars on a property, it would be dumb not to spend a few hundred dollars that could potentially save you several thousands of dollars in the future.