Inspecting the sewer is something most buyers tend to forget while purchasing a house. Normal home inspection is done, but inspecting the sewer lines crosses the minds of the buyer at a later stage. If you’re buying a house which is 20 years older, it is important to get the sewer lines inspected. These are some of the reasons to inspect the sewer line.
- Trees – Growing trees is a common problem for sewer lines. The roots have the tendency to crawl and expand in to the sewer lines causing collection of waste materials. It is possible to kill the roots of the trees with some chemicals. But sometimes, the roots tend to reappear and hence, it requires excavation to fix the problem making it time-consuming and expensive.
- Urban City Homes – Another reason is homes constructed in cities. The sewer systems of these homes rely heavily on cesspools. In certain cases, the cesspools are connected to the sewer line that requires cleaning on a regular basis. If untreated, it can cause horrible smell making it an unhealthy environment to live.
- Orangeburg pipes – The sewer lines of homes built in the 1950’s is made of tar paper called Orangeburg pipes. Over time, this material disintegrates and collapses and requires heavy maintenance. Today, homes consisting of such sewer lines must be replaces immediately.
House inspectors in Melbourne do building inspections services as well for potential buyers.