Need a sewer inspection in Baltimore Maryland? When purchasing a home in Baltimore City you may want to elect to have the sewer inspected. The average cost for a residential sewer inspection is $300 - $400. Typically the pretense for examining the sewer is knowledge that the performance of the sewer lines can degrade over time. A good inspection is like preventative medicine and speaking of medicine, this inspection is like a colonoscopy for the house.
Meet the SeeSnake drain and sewer inspection equiptment by Rigid. This remarkable machine lets you send a flash light and a camera into the sewer line so you can view and record the inspection of the lines.
The most challenging portion of the inspection was gaining access to the line, the cap was on tight and had not been opened in ages. Once access was open the SeeSnake camera was sent into the line by the inspector along with running water so we could observe the flow on camera.
Here we are with the inspector watching the video feed of the sewer inspection. This is Pat O'Neil of O'Neil Plumbing and Heating. He was a great inspector someone I would not hesitate to reccomend to any of my clients. If you can imagine, Pat made a sewer inspection fun.
Sewer lines don't necessarily run perfectly straight, so about 1/2 way through the test the inspector decided to gain access through another nearby route. He removed the toilet in the half-bath and we were able to complete the inspection.
The pipes in the house were cast iron. There was a connecting line from the private lines to the city sewer made out of terra cotta. Watching the video feed we could clearly see when the materials changed. In our particular location the number one thing we were looking for was tree roots that may have punctured the lines. Last year one of my seller clients needed to have roots cleared from his sewer lines before we placed his house on the market.
On this day the property we were examining got a clear bill of health, to quote the inspector "it looked great". Indeed apart from a few leaves the lines were open and efficent. Seeing the running water on video helped illustrate this point.
Do you need a sewer inspection in Baltimore Maryland? It's optional. Its something your agent can help you decide based on the nature of the property you are attempting to purchase. I think it is a good investment. Why wait for a problem to examine your sewer lines?
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