You might be wondering “is a sewer inspection really necessary before I purchase a new home?” The answer is yes! There are many different types of inspections that need to take place before you purchase a new home, but a sewer line inspection is often overlooked. Experts in the field say that this is actually the most important inspection you can have before you purchase.
An inspection will save you time and money
Having to repair the sewer line down the road can be pretty pricey, much more expensive than just getting an inspection done before something bad happens. Depending on the type of blockage or damage to a sewer line, you could be looking at anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars to repair. Not only that, but if the damage is extensive it can take weeks for everything to be completely fixed.
The most common cause of sewer line damage is tree roots! They can be pretty detrimental to the pipes underground. They can grow around the pipes causing blockage or even causing them to burst. If they burst the pipe the repair can cause upwards of $10,000 in damage! Depending on where the pipes and the tree roots are located can make that price even higher. If crews need to dig up your driveway or other yard fixtures in order to get to the pipes, it will be much more costly.
The best course of action is to get a sewer inspection before you purchase your new home. That way you can identify any small issues and have them addressed before they become major issues. Head to our home project referrals page to see a few of the local Seattle plumbers and sewer specialists we have used or our clients have raved about!