What you need to know about

Sewer Scope Inspections

Don’t overlook one of the most commonly ignored – yet most important – parts of inspecting a home; the plumbing drain system.

A defective sewer line can be one of the most expensive fixes a home owner might come across. Repairing a defective sewer line generally costs between $250-$300 per foot and repairing or replacing an entire sewer line can easily run into multiple thousands of dollars. That is why getting a sewer scope inspection is essential. A sewer scope inspection reveals the condition of the lateral sewer line. Sewer scope inspections are not included in a standard home inspection, but are just as salient.

Why? Let’s discuss the basics about sewer scope inspections and why they’re important:

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The Sewer Scope Inspection Process

Having a sewer scope inspection performed usually only takes a few minutes – and the inspection is just what it sounds like. Our trained, certified, and professional inspectors will utilize a specialized flexible borescope camera which feeds images and video to a monitor. This camera is run through the home’s drainpipe to examine the lateral sewer line for any flaws, imperfections, damage, or serious problems.

The entire process usually takes no more than an hour altogether. Upon completion of the inspection the inspector will generate a comprehensive report and provide a high-definition video, both of which completely document all findings.

Should I Get A Sewer Scope Inspection?


One of the worst things you can experience is a sewer backup. Backups happen when an obstruction or pipe damage prevents wastewater from draining away from your home. A sewer inspection can uncover problems in your sewer line before a backup occurs. Typically, backups happen in the main sewer line, connecting your home to the city’s sanitary sewer.


As mentioned above, a sewer line is often one of the most costly things to repair in a home. Getting a sewer scope inspection provides the information necessary to determine if the sale should continue or other options should be considered. Your agent will become an invaluable resource in this process.

What to Look For

Sewer Scope Inspection Results

Wondering what to look for from the inspection? Your inspector will be looking for:

Your certified inspector will talk you through the entire process, and help you understand what you’re seeing. If no issues are detected, great! If deficiencies are discovered you will be armed with all the information necessary to make a knowledgeable decision.

Know Before the Inspection Period Expires: Get A Sewer Scope Inspection!

Veteran Inspection Professionals is one of the top Home Inspection companies in Arizona. Contact us right away to learn more about the sewer scope inspection process and get a quote. At Veteran Inspection Professionals (VIP), you are always treated like a VIP!