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Why Home Buyers Should Have A Sewer Inspection First

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Before purchasing a home, inspections are a must. But one thing potential home buyers often leave out is sewer inspection. What many home owners and buyers don't know is that you're responsible for the sewer line that goes from your property to the city main. If it gets clogged or encounters problems, it's your responsibility to fix it, not the city. If you're looking at potential homes, include a sewer inspection; otherwise you may end up with unexpected additional costs. Here are three sewer issues that can affect your potential home.

Root Infestation

Tree roots grow underground and commonly invade sewer lines. Your sewer is designed to remove waste and if tree roots invade your line, it can cause major problems by obstructing the flow of waste water. This can cause sewage to back up into your home, which can lead to significant damage. Any crack or separation in your sewer line allows tree roots to grow into the line. In some instances, the roots of the tree are so strong that they break through the sewer line. If the home you're interested in buying has root infestation in the sewer line you need to know about it, as it affects the appraisal value of the home. If root infestation is not treated in the early stages, you may need to repair or replace the sewer line.

Kitchen Grease Blockage

When you have a typical home inspection, it may not catch potentially costly problems such as grease blockages. Over time, the grease that goes down the kitchen sink finds its way to the sewer line. Sewer lines aren't as efficient at removing grease; therefore, over time, it accumulates. It's not something that homeowners immediately recognize. In fact, it's usually not until the grease accumulates to a point that it obstructs the natural flow of waste water. The clog can cause costly damage, so it's crucial to have the sewer line inspected before you make an offer on a home. 

Damaged Lines

If you don't have the sewer line inspected, you won't be made aware of potential problems that increase the expense of the home. Unfortunately, sewer lines are not designed to last an infinite amount of time. Though the materials are long lasting, they are not immune to physical damage. Cracks, separations, sagging, and even collapse are conditions that affect sewer lines. When sewer lines become damaged, the sewer is unable to perform efficiently at removing waste water. The damage allows in mud, soil, and other materials that are not supposed to be in the sewer line, setting the stage for problems.