After over 50 years, yikes that is a long time, in the construction fields there are a couple of items that I have come to realize are more important than others. One is the importance of knowing what is going on in the sewer lines under the ground.
When you go to the doctor once the patient gets to be certain ages there are tests that are recommended regardless of the outward appearances for health and safety sake such as a colonoscopy after age 50. The same is true for buildings. From past experience approx. 60+ % of all building sewer lines, unfortunately regardless of age, have some issue that should be addressed even if it is simply to have it cleaned out.
After having found this to be the case we decided to also be able to deliver sewer line camera inspections as one of our services. We have a separate division of the company, Sewer Line Inspectors, which now delivers these inspections.
About 4-5 years ago I did a large multi building site physical inspection and recommended to my client to have a camera sewer line inspection done before the close of his contingency period. He did not. The cost of the camera sewer line inspection start around $275 for most commercial sites. After he moved in he started having all sorts of issues with his sewer lines backing up. He had the lines scoped out with a camera. The cost of the repairs he needed was about $35,000. Yikes!! He could have had the information needed with a sewer line camera inspection had he done it when recommended.
A term I have liked is "Cheap Insurance". Getting a sewer line camera inspection is cheap insurance.
Here are some of the issues that getting a camera inspection can uncover in no particular order:
A. The overall condition of the sewer lines underground.
B. How much expected useful life the sewer lines have left in them with typical use and maintenance.
C. The type of materials the sewer lines are.
D. If there is root intrusion.
E. If there is damage or displacement.
F. If the sewer lines are properly connected to the city main sewer line.
G. If any damage or displacement is in need immediate repairs or if routine cleanings will be sufficient.
H. Is there are required cleanouts on the site - (Cleanout is an access point for sewer line cleaning)
I. Where the sewer line runs underground - its location and depth.
J. Determining if past repairs have been done to professional standards.
K. If your sewer lines appear to have been receiving typical and routine maintenance.
L. If the existing sewer lines can handle the current demands or anticipated future demands.
M. If the sewer lines are connected to the city main or a septic system.
N. If there have been past repairs.
O. The approximate age of the system. (Each type of system has an expected useful life.)
P. How the system has been used or abused.
Q. By viewing the interior of the sewer line much more accurate costs estimates to cure any defects observed can be estimated.
As you can see the above list of items we can discover and make known to the client is very long. Due to lack of ability to see underground and the large number of potential issues that may be present we strongly recommend having this done on every job. This is why we now have this as a service we can deliver.
As with our general visual inspection we do no work on any sewer line camera inspection. We have no vested interest in finding issues with your sewer line. We do have honorable people we can recommend to do the work listed on our web site if needed.
The cheapest insurance I can think of is to have your building and sewer lines inspected by individuals who are qualified and professional and do no work on anything they inspect. They have no vested interest in finding a problem.
I hope this helps.