WHAT IS A SEWER SCOPE?
During a sewer scope inspection, the certified home inspector will insert a small video camera into the sewer line through the sewer clean out, (in the basement, crawlspace, etc.) To check on the length of pipe that can be accessed by the camera — ideally, all the way to the city main line. The scope provides visual evidence of the sewer line’s condition and whether it needs to be cleaned, repaired, unclogged, or in worst case scenarios, replaced. The client will always receive a copy of the sewer scope video for their own records, sent to them by the home inspector.
WHAT PROBLEMS WILL A SEWER SCOPE INSPECTION REVEAL?
Most commonly, tree roots are at the root of a blocked and damaged sewer line. Even a pipe that has minor leakage to it, will draw attention of roots that are seeking moisture. The home inspector’s sewer scope report will be able to tell the client the extent of the problem, and how many feet the roots appear from the access point.
The sewer scope inspection will also be able to show other common issues in sewer lines, including large and hairline cracks, holes, pipe separation, pooling water, sagging caused by shifting soil, heavy grease buildup, and corrosion deposits in cast iron pipes.
IF PROBLEMS ARE DISCOVERED
If any issues are discovered in the sewer scope video, the home inspector will report any and all of those issues to the client. Also recommending any appropriate course of action to fix such reported issues.
BLACK MOLD FACTS
1. Black mold is a neurotoxin. – The spores released by black mold attach to your brain’s neurons — incapacitating your mental ability. The reaction to black mold can be tremors, mood swings, and other neurological shifts.
2. Black mold can kill. – If you’re exposed for long enough, black mold spores can shut down your organs, incapacitate your immune system, and damage your brain – resulting in death.
3. Black mold endangers pregnant women. – Women who are pregnant can suffer birth defects, miscarriage, and infertility later on.
4. Black mold can harm anyone — including pets. – The young, sick, and elderly are most susceptible to black mold symptoms and damage, but all living things can be harmed by black mold.
5. Black mold has a smell. – The mold smells like mildew and must, so it’s detectible even when you can’t see it.
BASIC RADON FACTS
1. Radon Has been found in every state – High levels of radon have been found in many homes in every state. In fact, radon levels can vary even from home to home – even levels next door can be different.
2. Radon can be in both NEW and OLD homes – Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil, and water. That can build up to dangerous levels inside of any home; this means new and old homes, well sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without a basement. Radon gas is odorless and invisible and the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it.
THE PROBLEM WITH INACCURATE TESTING
Do not shop for a bargain when it comes to laboratory testing, and the health of your family. For instance, radon, mold, and water testing. All testing parameters must be followed for each individual test to make for accurate results. It does not matter how inexpensive a test is, if the results are inaccurate you have wasted your time and money.