What is a sewer scope?
Updated: May 19
A sewer scope is a type of inspection that is performed on a property's sewer line to determine its condition and identify any potential issues. A sewer scope involves inserting a specialized camera into the sewer line, which allows the inspector to view the interior of the pipe and identify any blockages, damage, or other issues. During a sewer scope, the camera is inserted into the sewer line through a cleanout or other access point. The inspector then navigates the camera through the sewer line, typically from the property to the main sewer line or septic tank. As the camera travels through the pipe, it sends real-time video footage to a monitor, which the inspector uses to assess the condition of the sewer line. A sewer scope inspection can identify a variety of issues, including blockages, cracks, corrosion, tree root intrusion, and other damage. These issues can cause sewage backups, leaks, and other problems, which can be costly and difficult to repair. A sewer scope inspection is particularly important for older homes, as sewer lines can deteriorate over time and become clogged or damaged. It is also important for homes that have experienced recurring sewer backups or other issues with the sewer line. If issues are identified during a sewer scope inspection, repairs or replacements may be necessary. Depending on the severity of the issue, repairs may be relatively simple and inexpensive, or they may require extensive excavation and replacement of the sewer line. In summary, a sewer scope inspection is an important evaluation of a property's sewer line to determine its condition and identify any potential issues. A sewer scope inspection is particularly important for older homes and homes that have experienced recurring sewer issues. If issues are identified during a sewer scope inspection, repairs or replacements may be necessary to prevent costly and damaging sewage backups and leaks.