Buying a new home is an exciting, but stressful time. As a homebuyer, there are a lot of unknowns when you take possession of a home so cautious buyers request a home inspection prior to purchase. A home inspection checks are conducted by a qualified inspector who checks the heating/air conditioning system, electrical system, and the plumbing in the home. However, most plumbing inspections do not include an examination of the sewer system. In most cases, the homeowner is responsible for the sewer system from home all the way to the point that it connects with the city sewer main. There are many cases where private sewer runs underneath the city street. Aside from major structural defects, repairing a damaged sewer line is one of the most expensive repairs that will ever be done to your property. The last thing a new homeowner needs after forking out a bunch of cash on the purchase of a home is to find out that the sewer needs to be replaced. For under $300 a qualified technician will run a fiber optic camera through the sewer line looking for root intrusion, water infiltration, offset pipes and any other pipe defects.
Many people wonder at what age should a sewer be inspected. While it is true that a 100-year-old house is more likely to have problems with the sewer system than a ten-year-old house, there is no hard and fast rule. The best advice is to have every home sewer system inspected before purchasing the home. Remember that sewer problems can, and do, happen regardless of the age of the system. Many times, sellers, and their realtors will try to discourage the potential buyer from inspecting the sewer for several different reasons. Perhaps the seller may say that a check isn’t needed because the sewer was recently redone. That should send up a red flag to the buyer. From our experience, when a homeowner fixes a sewer problem, they only repair what was causing the initial problem. They most likely did not do any preventative maintenance, especially if they were thinking of selling. With the cost of a sewer repair easily ranging from $10,000-$25,000, having a qualified technician inspect your sewer is easily the best insurance you can purchase on your new home.
If the inspection indicates that the home’s sewer lines have been cracked, blocked, or separated, the buyer can ask the seller to make the necessary repairs before the purchase of the house. Buyers can also request to be credited for the repairs if they choose to pay for the repairs instead of the seller. If the seller refuses to address the problem, it may be in the buyers best interest to move on to next best home option. The last thing anyone wants is to see their dream home turn into a money pit.
For more information on a home buyer, sewer inspection contact Pipe Masters of Watertown, SD.