Visual Inspections using the latest technology

Sewers and Drains will deteriorate over the years, and this will lead to problems ranging from ground movement to misaligned drains and cracking. One of the ways to effectively identify the cause of problems with drains and sewers is to carry out a visual inspection. Using the latest CCTV equipment available, Metro Home and Property Inspections is able to efficiently carry out pipeline inspections and identify sewer and drain defects in New York, and the surrounding areas along with our sister company picture-perfect for areas of New Jersey.

Save yourself from a expensive headache

Few first time Homebuyers consider sewer inspections before buying homes. They know they should get a Home Inspection, but sewer lines are almost an afterthought. Yet this is one of the most important inspections a buyer of homes should conduct because it can turn up numerous problems that can be seriously expensive to fix. The time to find out if a sewer is faulty or needs replacement is before you buy, not after the fact. As a potential Home Buyer, you will probably rely on a Home inspection Service. The service will evaluate the internal and external features and condition of your home. The plumbing System is included on the Home Inspector's list of things they need to check but how will you know if your new home's sewer system is functioning properly. Sewer Scope inspections are out of the scope of a standard Home Inspection. For your home's sewer system to be fully evaluated, the inspector will need to have experience in plumbing and would also need an HD color inspection camera, and know how to use it. It is highly advisable to always have a sewer line inspection done before your purchase. Mainline sewer work can range in cost to from approximately $5,000.00 to $25,000.00. Along with the costly sewer repairs, additional damages and costs can occur because sewer system blockages can damage your home heating system, sheetrock, flooring, personal items, etc. After you buy a home, you will not typically be in a position to incur such an unexpected expense. Paying a few hundred dollars or so for a Sewer inspection is a small price to pay if you avoid a sewer repair costing thousands of dollars.

New Homes Benefit from a Sewer & Drain inspection

All homes should be inspected, not just the homes that are over 20 years old. In the newer homes, the problems exist from poor installation technique and incorrect materials used. Other reasons to have Sewer Inspections are due to roots crawl into tiny openings and expand in the sewer line, latching on to other debris, such as grease or eggshell waste. This typically causes backups. Chemicals can sometimes kill the tree roots, but the pipe itself might be damaged and require excavation to fix the problem. Homes that were constructed prior to city sewers being installed often relied on cesspools. Sometimes these cesspools were left intact and connected to the sewer line after cities installed public septic systems. You won’t know unless you have the sewer inspected. Many homes made from the 1950’s have sewer lines made from tar paper. These are referred to as Orangeburg pipes, and they disintegrate and collapse over time. The sewer line definitely needs to be replaced if a home has Orangeburg Pipes, and a sewer scope inspection is the only way to find out if the home is more than 60 years old.

Several Possible Causes for Sewer Line Blockage

Roots: Tree roots are the biggest offender for blocking sewer lines. That’s because sewer lines are the perfect environment for tree roots, which love the constant source of water in pipes and the nutrients sewage provides. Tree roots have immense invasive power and will find the smallest crack or create a crack in a line to force their way through. Tree roots grow quickly, and can soon block a line. Root problems are easy to spot during video inspections.

Settling: Sewer lines placed in improperly compacted or supported trenches sink and create low spots called Bellies. This created a stagnant settling point and causes slow sludge build-up until blocks happen. Unfortunately, bellies often occur, and the only fix is expensive. Bellied sewer lines must be excavated and repositioned. Thankfully, bellies are simple to identify through inspection.

Ground Shifting: Even the best-laid sewer lines can go out of slope or detach ver time. Ground settling happens for many reasons: Groundwater table changes, nearby excavations or even seismic events. Pipes blocked by ground shifting usually require expensive digs and repairs. A sewer line inspection will reveal shifting ground conditions.

Inferior Pipe Materials: Many older homes were sewer-connected by clay or concrete tiles. These are segmented lengths of brittle pipe material that crack over time from root invasion or changing ground conditions. Newer homes now use durable, plastic sewer pipes. A video inspection will quickly identify inferior pipe materials and raise a red flag for future problems.

Poor Installation: Like any project humans do, sewer line installation is subject to bad construction techniques.the most common installation problems are improper joints with severe angles and poorly fitted connections. Camera inspections are guaranteed to spot poor workmanship and give a warning for looking problems. Man new home builders will use an old sewer hookup that was there instead of running an entirely new line.

Key Tips for Identifying & Troubleshooting Sewer Line Problems

Homeowners do not pay attention to sewer line problems but they will make themselves known through extensive damage to your home if left untreated. There are symptoms such as clogs, backups, and other sewer problem warning signs that can alert homeowners to hidden damages before things get out of hand. Things to look for when you think there may be a sewer issue in your home. If you identify these issues call us right away to schedule a video inspection. Calling monthly to have the sewer unclogged is a waste of money. If this happens, apparently there is some type of underlying issue in the sewer pipe.

Top 10 Symptoms of Sewer Line Problems:

Slowly draining sinks and other backups: Water backing up in fixtures is one of the most common symptoms of sewer lateral (line) issues. Even if the backup is only occurring in certain fixtures. e-g. The bathtub is backing up and the toilet works fine – there may still be an issue with a secondary sewer line as opposed to the main line. Your plumbing system has many branches, similar to a tree, and problems may occur in one or all of them.
Using one fixture causes a backup somewhere else: If flushing the toilet causes water to backup in the bathtub, it may be because the water is being forced upward due to a clog in your sewer line. these backups may appear in multiple places like sinks or basement drains.
Backups in multiple fixtures: When water is backing up in many places – laundry, sink, toilet, etc – this is a strong indication that there is some kind of blockage in your home’s main sewer pipe. Household snake cleaners won’t do the job in these situations. It’s time to call a trustworthy professional to inspect your lines.
Sediment in backups: Pay close attention when the water that backs up is dirty. the appearance of sediment indicates that water has backed up from the actual sewer line, not just in your home’s internal plumbing. The sediment will appear dirt-or mud-like appearance.
Clammy smell: When no sewer line problems are present, your pipes should be airtight. Blockages can lead to cracks and other openings, which will release the foul smell of sewage into your home or yard. If you begin to notice a gassy stench in or near your home, there is some kind of problem with your drains.
Big trees in the yard: Believe it or not, tree roots are one of the most common causes of sewer line problems. Root structures can reach far beyond the above ground footprint visible to the naked eye, and over time they will crush water pipes and other drains buried underground. If you have large, old trees anywhere in your yard, it may be the cause of your problems.
Water backs up when it rains: This may indicate that you may need to install a back-flow prevention device on your sewer line, so that water is only permitted to run out of your home but not into it.
Mold on your walls or ceilings: If a sewer pipe breaks in your wall, the resulting humidity will quickly lead to dangerous mold growth. There may also be a foul smell in these scenarios.
Lush patches of grass in the yard: When sewage leaks into your yard, it may have the ironic effect of feeding and fertilizing the plants in that area. An extra green appearance in one area of your grass could mean there is a broken sewer line beneath it.
Plunging and clearing the J-trap doesn’t solve it: if you’ve tried all the common strategies for dealing with clogs, like using a plunger or pouring in an eco-friendly drain cleaner, then its time to call in a professional.

Benefits of Broken or Damaged Pipe Detection:

If you have a broken or damaged sewer line, it can be very costly and messy to repair. With our reasonably price serviced technology, we are able to locate the exact spot of the damage or break on the outside from above the ground. We then mark the exact spot of the damaged section of sewer pipe, and when the plumbers or whoever come to make the necessary repair, they only have to dig up that small area instead of the entire front yard, driveway or back yard. This saves the homeowner thousands of dollars, time and mess.

Below is as an example of the a recent job we did and explains the savings:

We had a client that called us because they claimed they had a broken sewer line somewhere in the front of their home. They had an estimate from a Plumber for $9,500.00 for the repair. Their cost to us was $250.00, $80.00 for someone to dig up the spot and put dirt back where we located the leak and $450.00 to a plumber to fix the pipe. Total cost was $780.00. They were able to save $8,720.00 using our technology.