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Buying a New Home? Be Sure to Have a Sewer Camera Inspection Performed to Detect Possible Issues

February 5, 2021

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Buying a new home will undoubtedly be one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make, so it’s crucial to ensure that your money will be spent as widely as possible. After all, you wouldn’t want to fall in love with a property, only to discover that it has serious – and costly – plumbing issues that require immediate attention. Having a sewer camera inspection performed on a property before signing on the dotted line can help prevent a lot of hassle and heartache.

1. Obtain an Accurate Diagnosis

The high quality sewer cameras being used by many plumbing companies these days have the ability to perform a full inspection of a home’s sewer pipes to determine whether any defects are present. These cameras can then pan in and zoom on specific areas if a problem is detected, which will allow a plumber to give a more accurate report on the severity of the issue. 

Although a realtor may mention that there’s a ‘minor’ issue with a property’s sewer system, a camera will give the best diagnosis possible. This can help you determine whether it will be economically viable for you to purchase the property or look for an alternative.

2. Repairs can be Completed Quicker

Owing to the fact that a sewer camera can help a plumber see exactly where a problem lies, it allows for the issue to be attended to a lot quicker. It saves a lot of time in that the entire yard will not have to be dug to up find the fault – the plumber can move directly to the area where the fault lies instead. 

In cases where minor issues are detected by the camera, this could make all the difference between being able to move into your new home as soon as possible and having to wait weeks or even months to do so because of a sewerage issue.

3. Potentially Determine Property Value

Although a plumbing inspection is not always required when a property is bought or sold, having a camera inspection performed can help determine whether the current asking price is fair or not. For instance, in cases where a serious issue is detected in the sewer system, it may provide you with the required leverage to negotiate on the price – that is, if you’re willing to cover the costs of the repair work that’s needed.

4. Enjoy Peace of Mind

If you’re purchasing an older home, having a camera inspection performed will allow you to see the condition of its sewer system up close before signing the paperwork. This will provide you with peace of mind in knowing that you probably won’t be faced with any serious and expensive plumbing repairs right after moving in. 

Although it may seem like you’ll be spending money unnecessarily by requesting that a camera inspection be done on a property you’re considering buying, you’ll certainly thank yourself afterward if any serious or costly problems are found ahead of time. 

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