Why You Should Get a Camera-Sewer Line Inspection | Cindy Heitman
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Why You Should Get a Camera-Sewer Line Inspection

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If your home is more than 15 years old, it’s probably time to schedule a camera sewer line inspection. Ryan Rader, owner of Dick Ray Plumbing on Zaarly, breaks it down so that you can save yourself a lot of money and save your house from a sewer nightmare.

The Kansas City metro has its fair share of older houses. Who should have this kind of inspection done right away?

"Any home built in the 1970s or earlier should have their lines checked right away," Ryan says. "What they used to do is take clay tubes and stack them together, 4-6 inches wide from the city sewer line to the house."

He explains that "the problem is that the clay tubes are stacked every 18 inches, and there are gaps. Those gaps cause big problems: tree roots get in the gaps, water, solids and papers get hung up and eventually your sewer line will bust."

Ryan suggests having a camera line inspection as preventative maintenance. A camera line inspection will alert you to any problems well before they become serious issues. Potential home buyers should add a camera sewer inspection to any home they are seriously considering buying.

"Potential homeowners should know what’s going on with the sewer line of any home older than 15 years old. It’s a very inexpensive solution to potentially finding very expensive problems," Ryan adds.

We asked Ryan what a camera sewer line inspection entails.

"Our package includes inspection of lines under the home and buried in the yard, areas normal home inspectors often skip," he explains. "It's important to know that there’s no such thing as a typical cost for repairing your sewer lines. It can start at a few hundred dollars to snake out a blockage. Or, it could be tens of thousands of dollars to excavate the yard and replace the pipes."

He tells us that it’s important to remember that "Repair bills depend on the sewer line condition, the problem’s location and the root cause. An inspection is inexpensive, tells you exactly what you're dealing with and lets you make an informed decision about your home purchase."

This can be important for homeowners, too. Ryan suggests, "If you haven’t had a camera-sewer line inspection and your home is more than 15 years old, it’s good practice to schedule one to prevent any surprises. If your home was built before 1980 and your sewer line hasn’t been updated, it’s best to schedule as soon as possible."

Save yourself from expensive repairs. A camera sewer-line inspection should be a part of preventative maintenance for homeowners and potential home buyers.

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Interested in a camera sewer-line inspection? Contact Ryan today.

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