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Buying a new home: Are drain lines included in my home inspection?

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

When purchasing a new home, most home buyers wouldn’t dream of closing their purchase without going through a home inspection. After all, buying a home is a significant investment!


Will a home inspection catch everything? A typical home inspection includes a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house from the roof to the foundation. While the home’s plumbing system is part of this evaluation, sewer lines are not inspected.


What happens when you find an issue after your purchase? In addition to dealing with messy backups in your new home, you may also have to repair the lines which can average between $5,000 and $15,000. So, how can you be confident your sewer system isn’t failing? A video inspection can save you thousands of dollars in unexpected repair bills by identifying problems before they become a disaster. Having your sewer line inspected should be on your house-buying inspection checklist!


Video inspection and locator services offered by Advanced Drain Line Solutions will help to:

  • Find any root invasion in your lines. Tree roots are a common problem and cause blocked sewer lines. Roots can enter through a small crack, forcing their way through and growing very quickly.

  • Identify settling in the lines. Improperly placed lines can result in low spots in the line which can cause sludge buildup leading to a blockage. Many times, the only way to solve this issue is to excavate and reposition the pipe.

  • Find instances of ground shifting. Even professionally installed drain lines can adjust over time due to the ground settling. These shifts can cause blockages in the drain line.

  • Detect inferior pipe materials. Many older homes have clay tiles or Orangeburg for their drain lines, which are subject to cracking over time from root invasion or changing ground conditions. It’s important to identify the type and condition of the pipes in the home.

  • Discover poor installation techniques. Unfortunately, not all pipe installations are equal. Drain lines can be subject to poor construction methods including improper joints, severe angles, and poorly fitted connections. Evaluating the workmanship can help to identify issues.

Contact Advanced Drain Line Solutions today at 231-250-1206 to schedule your drain line inspection! A single call today can save you thousands later!

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