Sewer Scope Inspection

A Sewer Scope Inspection helps identify sewer issues and unseen problems for homeowners. In fact, If not caught early, these problems can cost thousands to repair. You may have to replace the line entirely if these problems are ignored. These inspections can be part of the home inspection process.


We use a high-definition camera to inspect the lines quickly and easily. The Sewer Scope Inspection will help mark your problem areas. We find minor issues before they become more significant and costly issues. The sewer scope examination might be a new concept to you. So I’ll elaborate on what it is.

What is a Sewer Scope

A sewer scope is a video examination of the lateral sewer line leaving the house at or close to the foundation and attaching it to the municipal tap, the HOA tap, or the septic tank. A lateral sewer line is a privately owned pipe that connects a property to a septic tank, HOA tap, or public main sewer line.


Sewer-scoping the line can identify obstructions, damage to the pipe network, and other issues that homeowners and prospective buyers should be aware of. An inspection can be crucial to discovering and confirming problems that need treatment immediately. A visual sign may be a moist depression in the lawn above the sewer line, backflow into the residence, or contaminants found in the potable water supply.

Should I get the inspection done?

The answer is yes. To put things in perspective, replacing your sewer drains can cost between $3,000 and $30,000. Pricing is based on the replacement’s size, location, and nature of the problem. For example, you might need to rip up the flooring to reach your home’s drains if they are in terrible shape.


Key Home Inspection advises Sewer Scope Services for existing and newly constructed residences. For new homes, problems can occur due to the sewers’ recent installation and lack of testing. 


Overall, the cost of rebuilding your sewage drains would be much greater than the expense of the sewer scope examination.

I am a seasoned professional familiar with the Portland and Beaverton areas. I know what to look for in houses based on age and how to access systems that may be more difficult to reach. Our home pro inspections could take longer depending on the home’s age, size, and accessibility.


However, you might also be curious about how long it takes for an inspection report to be completed. Thankfully, this doesn’t vary all that much with a property. Reports are typically available within 1-2 days after inspection services. At that point, repairs and renegotiations can begin.

The Process Involved 

A sewer scope examination often takes a few minutes to complete. It consists of a unique, flexible borescope camera that feeds photos and video to a monitor that a trained, qualified inspector will operate. Using the camera we look for defects, irregularities, or significant issues.


Typically, the entire operation lasts little longer than an hour. Following this, we will advise you of our findings. In addition, we will provide a report with details regarding the state of the sewage line.


If you’re looking for a home, it is crucial to have a sewer scope inspection. The inspection will allow you to see if there are any problems with the sewer line. 


A sewer scope inspection is also crucial if you are selling your home. It can help you identify potential problems with the sewer line that could cause buyers to back out of the sale. For a different take on the inspection take a look at Rocket Mortgage’s article on it.