Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Home Buyer Alert! Don’t miss the sewer line inspection video.

A sewer line inspection video is inexpensive AND can give you leverage in the purchase

So, you’re buying a new home. You’ve checked the roof and windows for leaks, looked at the floors, and the heating and cooling systems have been inspected, too. But what about the main sewer line? If you haven’t considered this you’re not alone: many new homeowners fail to have their main sewer line checked out before they purchase a home only to find later that they need a very expensive repair. 

In this article, we’re going to cover the importance of sewer line inspection but before we begin, it’s important to note that the information below doesn’t just pertain to new homeowners. Even if you’ve had your home for years, it’s still important to have your main sewer line routinely inspected. Older homes, especially, are prone to sewer line issues resulting from wear and tear. 

Groundhog video sewer line inspection

One of the best ways to determine the health of your home’s sewer line is through video. Groundhog camera inspection is an innovative procedure that uses a video camera to inspect the sanitary line to show any and all problems. The video and all images are stored on a USB thumb drive for your future reference. 

There are huge benefits to choosing a Groundhog video inspection for your home. First, if the video detects any problems, you can likely get the issue fixed before you need an entire sewer line replacement. And if you’re a new home buyer, you can show the video to the seller as proof that they need to make the sewer line repairs – or even drop the price of the home – before you purchase it. 

Consider this: At Allied Reddi-Rooter, the cost of a Groundhog video inspection is $250. The cost to repair your main sewer line? $5,000 and even more. 

What causes sewer line damage? 

Usually, issues in the sewer line are caused by one, or a combination, of three things: 

  • Tree and shrub roots that grow until they puncture the pipe and clog the line 
  • Broken pipes from erosion and wear and tear 
  • Products and debris that get flushed down the drains and clog them. Be careful before you flush something down the toilet or kitchen sink – make sure it’s truly “flushable.” 

How can I maintain my sewer lines? 

While sewer line repair may be inevitable in an older home, it’s actually pretty easy to maintain the line by simply being careful about what you put down your drain. Baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs and “flushable” cat litter should never be put down your drains. 

You could also put drain traps over drains in the kitchen sinks and in the bathroom to catch any food and debris like eggshells. 

Whether you’re a new home buyer or have owned your home for a long time, it’s always a good idea to have your sanitary line inspected with a Groundhog camera. Not only can it save from having to pay for a costly repair, but it can give you peace of mind. 

Allied-Reddi Rooter is Cincinnati’s choice for Groundhog camera inspections, so when you’re ready for a sanitary line inspection for your home, give our team a call or Contact us for all your plumbing needs. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.  You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask us a question.