Sewer Camera Inspections

The small cost that could save Home Buyers thousands of dollars.

If your clients are buying a house that’s 40 yrs. old or older they need a sewer line inspection before they close. The condition of the sewer line under the house; through the property line is a mystery at this point. Your client could be purchasing a home with old, deteriorated pipes, a root intrusion causing stoppages, cracked or broken fittings, or even a semi-collapsed line. If the integrity of the pipe is broken,we have a leaky sewer pipe.

A leaking sewer is one of of the leading contributors to foundation trouble, as per The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) foundation repair statutes.

Once your client purchases a home, their home owners’ insurance policy And / or warranty company does not provide coverage for the repair or replacement of the sewer line under the house through the property line.

Clean-out Installations

For a sewer system to work effectively, it’s important to have a capped pipe which provides access to a sewer line allowing people to clean out blockages in the sewer system. This is known as a sewer clean out. In the late 1970s, most recognized plumbing codes mandated that all sanitary sewer systems be installed with two directional clean outs (double sweep). This makes the sewer much more accessible to the sewer main.

If you do not have a double clean-out, we can install this for you.

First we locate the sewer; next we manually excavate an access hole to the sewer with shovels. Then we cut-in a double clean out. We backfill the hole and cut down the exposed pipe to ground level.


Replacing Troublesome Sewers

Throughout history the plumbing industry developed products that were innovative at the time, but as time passed these products became troublesome for home owners.

For example, these materials were used for sewer lines under houses through the property line:

  • Orangeburg was used to manufacture pipe from the late 1800s to the mid 1970s. The pipe deteriorates easily, then collapses and allows roots from trees to infiltrate. Orangeburg still exists throughout Texas and needs to be replaced.
  • Cast iron was used in the 1950s through the 80s’. It corrodes from the inside out diminishing the inside of the pipe restricting and/or blocking the flow leaving the pipe brittle and breaking easily.
  • Clay pipe has to be replaced because today it is very brittle and collapsing.

These old pipes need to be replaced with PVC or a heavy-duty (soil pipe) cast iron pipe.

Another problem home owners face is the shifty expansion and contraction of the Texas soil, which can mean a busted or cracked pipe or fitting, a root intrusion, or a separated line causing back-ups and foundation trouble.

The best way to determine what is wrong with your plumbing is to call GWS today for a free, no-obligation plumbing consultation, and you will never have to look for a plumber again!