9 Reasons You Should Get a Sewer Inspection

Most municipalities and communities in the Omaha metro area place the responsibility for maintaining the condition and functionality of the lateral sewer line, extending from the house and connecting to the publicly owned sewer line, on the homeowner.

A sewer inspection is a process of visually assessing the condition and functionality of the lateral sewer line. This inspection is typically carried out by a professional plumber or a specialized sewer inspection service using advanced tools and equipment.

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Sewer Inspection

The main goal of a sewer inspection is to identify any issues or potential problems within the sewer lines, pipes, and associated components. The most common method used involves the use of a small, waterproof camera that is inserted into the sewer lines. The camera is attached to a flexible cable and is remotely operated by a technician. As the camera moves through the pipes, it captures high-resolution images or video footage, providing a detailed view of the interior condition of the sewer lines.


Homeowners should consider getting a sewer inspection for several important reasons:

Preventative Maintenance

Regular sewer inspections can help identify potential issues before they become major problems. Identifying and addressing minor concerns early can prevent costly repairs and extensive damage to your sewer system.

Avoid Emergency Situations

A sewer line backup or failure can lead to serious issues such as sewage flooding in your home or yard. Regular inspections can help catch issues before they escalate, preventing emergencies that can be both inconvenient and expensive to resolve.

Protect Property Value

A well-maintained sewer system is a crucial part of a property’s overall infrastructure. Regular inspections and timely repairs contribute to the longevity and functionality of the sewer system, helping to maintain or even increase the property’s value.

Insurance Requirements

Many homeowner’s policies don’t cover the cost of lateral line repairs, which can result in tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs. If covered, some insurance policies may require proof of regular maintenance and inspections. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in coverage limitations or denial of claims related to sewer system issues.

Peace of Mind

Knowing that your sewer system is in good condition can provide peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about unexpected sewer problems, and you can confidently use your plumbing without concerns about backups or leaks.

Compliance with Local Regulations

Some municipalities or local authorities may have regulations or ordinances requiring periodic sewer inspections. Compliance with these requirements is essential to avoid potential fines or penalties.

Identify Tree Root Intrusions

Tree roots can infiltrate sewer lines, causing blockages and damage. Regular inspections can identify these issues, allowing for proactive measures such as root removal or choosing sewer-friendly landscaping options.

Evaluate the Condition of Pipes

Over time, sewer pipes can deteriorate or become damaged due to various factors, including age, materials, and environmental conditions. Inspections can provide a clear picture of the overall condition of the pipes, helping homeowners make informed decisions about necessary repairs or replacements.

Home Renovation or Purchase

If you are planning home renovations or considering purchasing a new home, a sewer inspection is a wise investment. It can reveal any existing issues with the sewer system that may need attention before or after the renovation, or it can be used as part of the home inspection process when buying a property.

In summary, sewer inspections are particularly important for older homes or properties with mature landscaping where tree roots can infiltrate sewer lines. Regular inspections can help homeowners address issues proactively, preventing costly repairs and minimizing the risk of sewer backups and other plumbing emergencies. Getting a sewer inspection is a proactive measure that can save homeowners money in the long run, prevent emergencies, and contribute to the overall health and functionality of the home’s sewer system.

Acuity Property Inspections can bundle a sewer inspection with your home inspection, providing you with peace of mind regarding this potentially significant aspect of the condition of your home.

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