There are several reasons why people would do a sewer scope (also known as a sewer camera or sewer snake), here are a few of them:
- Purchasing a home
- Because a sewer scope is not included in a normal home inspection, it must be requested and done separately and is very important
- You want to ensure the condition of the line is healthy to avoid a huge repair bill in the future
- Have recurring problems with a particular line and would like to see what the main culprit is
- Maybe root growth causing backups every fall, and the backups are now more frequent
- Suddenly, the bath tub is taking way too long to drain
- Problems have resulted from other service people performing work on or in the house
- Someone tried to clean the pipe and can’t get through the line
- Some people just want to see what their line looks like
*A note about pre and post cleaning scoping, in our humble opinion.
- Pre-cleaning sewer scoping
- Not recommended, because you can’t see anything when a sewer is backed up
- For example, submerge a camera into murky water and you’ll see why it’s not recommended
- Post-cleaning sewer scoping
- The point of this would be to prove that the work was actually completed. If you need reassurance, then perhaps you have the wrong contractor. Warrantying the work is typically a less expensive option.
With other questions about sewer cameras, please call our trained staff at 303-571-5114. We would be happy to answer all of your questions.