To inspect or not inspect… the side sewer
Recently, Ali and Jason were buying a home in the Ruston area of Tacoma, and having their home inspected, they were given the dilemma of should I, or shouldn’t I expend the money for a sewer inspection. As luck had it, they chose the correct answer. And, yes we did have the sewer video scoped. Luck continued on their side, as it turned out in the scoping, that 54 feet of their sewer pipe was crushed and trapping solids in their lines…
For the mere cost of $220 it saved them the cost of replacing and going through the side sewer nightmare. That nightmare can run from $5,000 to $20,000, dependent upon the fix.
Apparently, homes built before 1950, the piping of choice was clay or Orangeberg, a tar paper consistency, which over time tends to blister, erode, and crush down, leaving the homeowners with a basement or home backed up with a sewer overflow hazard.