Not many property owners understand their accountability lies when it comes to sewer lines and pipes. Most think that it is the city’s sole responsibility; in fact, homeowners are accountable for the line that runs from the city main to the building (i.e. your home). Offset, broken or root-infested lines can cause sewage to back up into your house, leading to costly property damage. Sewer back-ups can cost thousands of dollars and is not always covered by insurance. Even if the cleanup and restoration are covered, you, the homeowner, are still responsible for the repair or replacement of the sewer line.
If you are buying a home in the Seattle or surrounding areas, having a sewer inspection can potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars. General home inspections do not check for the structural integrity of the pipes and lines. Having this done as a proactive measure before buying a property will help you make an educated decision about whether or not to purchase the property. It can also give you a negotiation advantage if there are issues found. Most buyers wouldn’t think of buying a house without an inspection, but neglect to get a sewer inspection, which is just as (if not more) important. This is particularly true if the home is more than 40 years old.
So, how do you get the sewer lines and pipes inspected? The process is easier than you may think. Simply call a sewer video inspection Seattle company to do a thorough inspection.
What is Sewer Video Inspection?
As the name suggests, this system allows for a thorough inspection of the lines and pipes using a small video camera. The camera allows plumbing technicians to actually ‘see’ what is going on with the underground system. This includes the conditions of the lines and pipes to inspect both the condition and the layout of the pipes. Traditional methods made it quite difficult to identify clogs, and it would take hours to repair or replace parts of the system. With a sewer video inspection in Seattle, a diagnosis can be made in a matter of minutes.
What can a sewer video inspection do for you?
If you are considering purchasing a particular property, you can ask for a sewer inspection before making any final decisions. The technician will inspect the sewer lines and pipes to look for a number of potential issues, including tree roots that interfere with the piping, the overall condition of the piping and the approximate age of the system.
Once you’ve received the report you can make an informed decision about whether you want to buy the property. If there are problems that have been uncovered, but you still want to make the purchase, you can negotiate with the seller to lower the price; or you can ask the seller to replace/repair the system at the seller’s expense while keeping the same list price. There are several ways to negotiate, and your real estate agent can advise you on the best route to take. Alternatively, you can decide to look for other properties that suit your needs.
Budget Sewer can help with your sewer video inspection in Seattle. Visit the website today to learn more about their range of services.