Why You Need a Pipeline Inspection

It is finally summer. That means long, lazy days, trips to the beach, and enjoying the beautiful weather. For many people, it also means something entirely different: it’s time to move to a new home. Yes, the summer is the most popular time of the year for families to purchase a new home. It’s the perfect time because the kids are out of school and you can easily make the transition without having to switch schools in the middle of a term.

If you are looking for a new home for your family, you know that there are many things to consider. You should always require a home inspection as part of your offer to purchase a home. However, a standard home inspection isn’t always enough. Most home inspections only cover the parts of the home that are easily visible. However, the biggest problems tend to hide out of sight. When you make an offer on a home, request a video pipeline inspection.

A video pipeline inspection involves running a high-tech video camera through the water and sewer pipes. This allows the person conducting the inspection to actually view the inside of the pipes and save the footage.

Here’s how it works. A plumber uses a flexible, fiber optic cable that is attached to a waterproof, lighted video camera. The cable with the video camera is inserted into the pipes. The plumber pushes the cable through the pipes. As he does so, the camera records the images along the way. The plumber is able to view these images on a television monitor in real time. You, the customer, can watch with the plumber and see inside your pipes. The high resolution camera is able to see problems clearly. The plumber can save the video to a flash drive for later reference.

A video pipeline inspection can identify many types of pipeline problems, including the following:

  • 1. Pipes that are broken, cracked, or collapsed and need to be replaced;
  • 2. Pipes that are out of alignment due to frozen ground or shifting soil;
  • 3. Pipes that are blocked due to foreign objects or grease buildup;
  • 4. Pipes that are corroded and are restricting water flow or are on the verge of collapse;
  • 5. Pipes that are bellied, which means that a section has sunk and created a valley where waste is collecting;
  • 6. Pipes that have leaking joints, which allow water to leak into the surrounding area;
  • 7. Pipes that are being damaged by the infiltration of tree roots;
  • 8. Substandard pipes that do not meet current grade and are constructed from outdated or subpar materials.

This is valuable information for anyone who is considering purchasing a home. Imagine that you purchase a new home and move in. The first weekend, you spend a lot of time cleaning, painting, and getting the house all ready for your belongings. As you are running water, you realize that there is sewage backing up in the bathtub. You haven’t even moved your belongings into the house, and you are already faced with an expensive, messy repair. It’s a nightmare, but it happens. Your home inspector can’t tell you anything about the condition of your sewer lines unless you specifically request a video pipeline inspection.

If you are planning to purchase a home, call Scott English Plumbing for a video pipeline inspection. We can provide you with important information before you purchase a home so that you go into the deal with as much knowledge as possible. Contact Scott English Plumbing today to arrange for a video pipeline inspection.