Why You Need a Sewer Inspection When Buying a House

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Do you need a sewer inspection when buying a home in St. Louis? In a word, yes. Homebuyers are sometimes hesitant to order additional inspections beyond the standard home inspection. After all, there are lots of potential problems you could inspect for, and the cost of inspections can add up quickly. If you are buying a house in St. Louis, don’t skip the sewer inspection.

Why You Need a Sewer Inspection

In the St. Louis area, outdoor sewer lines are often penetrated and cracked by tree roots. While clay pipes are the most vulnerable to tree root damage, PVC and concrete pipes can be damaged as well. In addition, cast iron pipes (which are common in older St. Louis homes) are prone to corrosion. Once a pipe has cracked or corroded, the entire sewer line is susceptible to leaks and root blockages. Large sections may need to be dug up and replaced. Sewer line repairs (e.g., lateral waste line repairs) are serious business. They can destroy your lawn and cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

A video inspection of your sewer line is the most reliable way to discover if these repairs are needed on your property. Be sure to schedule a sewer camera inspection before you purchase a home. That way you can negotiate the selling price down or choose to walk away from the property if you feel you’re getting in over your head.

Note: A sewer camera inspection is not included in a regular home inspection. This is something you will have to schedule separately. Ask your real estate agent about additional inspections you may want to consider when buying a home in St. Louis, such as:

  • Termite inspection
  • Radon testing
  • Whole-home plumbing inspection (We highly recommend this one!)

Why You Need a Home Plumbing Inspection

It’s extremely important to get a professional plumbing inspection before buying a home—not only for your outdoor sewer line but for your indoor plumbing as well. Plumbing issues can lead to leaks, water damage, major repairs, and major headaches. A regular home inspector is not necessarily an expert on plumbing systems. Be sure to hire a licensed plumber to ensure the plumbing in your new home is up to code and doesn’t raise any red flags.

At Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company, we are experienced and knowledgeable plumbers with a five-star service rating, serving homes throughout St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Our expert plumbers and sewer cleaning partners will quickly diagnose the structural integrity of your indoor and outdoor plumbing systems. Our goal is to make your home-buying experience as smooth as possible—at least when it comes to plumbing.

Have questions about why you need a sewer inspection when buying a house? Ready to schedule your sewer camera inspection and/or new home plumbing inspection? Contact us! Call our office at (314) 501-9950 or email info@tonylamartinaplumbing.com.