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Sewer Inspections For Older Homes

Updated: May 16

First-time homebuyers can easily overlook their new home’s sewer lines by not having an inspection done. Avoiding an inspection will only lead to more problems.

Who should get a sewer inspection?

Every buyer of a home should know what they are dealing with underneath their new house. Having a sewer inspection done before the deal on the house is closed is key to saving you a potentially costly bill.

If a problem is caught before the home is closed, the previous homeowner will likely give a credit on the house price, to have the pipe fixed. If the homebuyer waits until months after the house is closed, a pricy repair could hurt their own wallet.

Why you need sewer inspections?

Sewer inspections are vital to know what is going on below your house. Buyers should always have a sewer inspection done on a home older than 20 years old.

Sewer lines can extend for hundreds of feet underneath a property. Problems can include sewer lines with tree roots growing through, cracks, clogs, or deteriorating lines.

How it works?

Sewer inspections are made easy by plumbers. Plumbers have cameras, like Hathorn® Camera Reels, to inspect drains and sewer lines underneath properties.

The plumber begins by inserting a reel into the cleanout, with a video camera attached to the end. The reel will travel through the sewer, recording any problems found. Inspections are a quick process and take only a few minutes to travel through sewer lines. This technique allows for the plumber to find out the condition of the line and recommend a solution.

Different materials are used for sewer lines including cast iron, PVC plastic and clay. If any problems are found, a cost-efficient solution is trenchless sewers. This technique includes pulling a new sewer line through the old one.

If you're a plumber, why use a Hathorn Camera for the job?

Hathorn® Inspection Cameras provide municipal grade, legendary durability, and affordability. Proudly designed and manufactured in North America, our inspection cameras are priced within reach of every plumber and municipality.

Contact Hathorn® by calling 905-604-7040 or email:

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