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When Do You Need A Sewer Inspection?

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Imagine you’ve just bought a home for you and your family, only to find out later during a sewer inspection that there are on-going problems with the main sewer system. Now you’re left with unwanted backups, causing terrible smells throughout your home. The worst part? You are stuck with fixing the problem.

Inspections are standard procedure when buying a new home. It helps point out any potential issues that need to be fixed. This way the home inspector can help potential home buyers understand if there will be any major repair costs over and above the purchase price.

However, sewer inspections are often overlooked by first-time home buyers because the sewer line is out of sight and buried underground.

A home plumbing system is extensive and intricate, and most home inspectors don’t have the right expertise or equipment to conduct a thorough examination of the sewer line. At Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning, we conduct sewer inspections using a video camera to get a clear view of what is going on underground and help diagnose any current sewer line issues. These sewer camera inspections are extremely beneficial, and aim to help new home buyers prepare for any future plumbing and maintenance repairs so that they’re not faced with expensive surprises later.

With that being said, our plumbing professionals at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning discuss five reasons all new home buyers should get a sewer inspection.

Why Should New Home Buyers Get A Sewer Inspection?

Sewer line problems are hard to spot and once the problems start to rear their ugly heads, it’s often too late and turns into a rather expensive problem to fix.

1. You’re Buying An Older Home

Older homes have a higher risk of needing plumbing repairs because the sewer line can collapse as the pipes deteriorate over time. If an older sewer line isn’t examined and repaired, it can cause sewage to backup into your home, which is unhygienic and dangerous to the health of your family. 

It is strongly recommended that potential buyers of an older home hire a professional to conduct a sewer inspection. They should also investigate if there will be any plumbing repair costs to help with negotiations that could be deducted from the total purchasing price of the home.

2. Invasive Tree Roots & Plants

Age is not the only factor that can cause issues with the main sewer line of a home. Tree and plant roots can damage sewer pipes and clog the drainage system, causing sewage leaks in your new home. Therefore, it’s important to conduct a sewer inspection when buying a home, regardless of the age of the residence. It’s also important to remove any invasive trees or plants that could cause problems later on.

3. You Can’t Assume Previous Owners Conducted Plumbing Maintenance

When buying a new home, you can’t assume that the previous owners conducted important checks and plumbing repairs. Making the decision to buy a new home is extremely important. It’s your responsibility to make sure you conduct all of the necessary checks. Having a professional conduct a sewer inspection gives you peace of mind.

4. Avoid Costly Future Repairs

Conducting a sewer inspection will only help you determine if there are issues with your main sewer line. When buying a new home, it’s wise to conduct a sewer inspection as soon as possible. This avoids the hassle of having to deal with costly and inconvenient repairs later on. Prevention is always better than the cure, and potential sewer line problems include sewage leaks, clogged drains, and water damage.

5. Increased Home Value

Getting regular sewer inspections will help homeowners stay on top of any potential sewer repairs, and it will result in a well-maintained plumbing system. A well looked after plumbing system means fewer plumbing repairs, ultimately increasing the overall value of your home. When the time comes to sell, homeowners may be able to negotiate a higher selling price.

Sewer Inspections In The Greater Fort Lauderdale Area

It’s no secret that home sewage repairs are awful to deal with and can get very costly if not dealt with in time. Buying a home is a big decision to make and comes at a high cost. Our plumbing professionals at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning don’t want an old or damaged sewer system to take you by surprise. We’ve spent years building our expertise and a strong reputation for conducting thorough sewer inspections and plumbing repairs. Don’t wait until it’s too late – give us a call today at 1-888-773-1542.


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