How Can a Sewer Lateral Camera Inspection Save Money in The Long Run?

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Uncovering Hidden Issues Early to Prevent Costly Repairs

Many home buyers will forgo the sewer lateral video inspection because they think the home is too new or they plan to purchase insurance. This in fact may be a mistake because it is not unheard of that pipes are not installed correctly during a new construction and/or your insurance company may deem a condition “pre-existing” and deny a claim.

A sewer lateral camera inspection can save money in the long run in several ways:

1. Early Detection of Issues: 

Sewer lateral camera inspections allow for the early detection of potential problems such as cracks, leaks, blockages, or root intrusions. By identifying these issues early, homeowners can address them before they escalate into more serious and costly problems. Often having a plumber clean or hydrojet the pipes can provide a longer period of satisfactory service.

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2. Preventative Maintenance: 

Identifying minor issues through camera inspections enables homeowners to perform preventative maintenance, such as cleaning roots or removing debris, before they cause significant damage. This proactive approach can extend the lifespan of the sewer system and reduce the likelihood of costly repairs or replacements.

3. Accurate Diagnosis: 

Camera inspections provide a clear and accurate view of the condition of the sewer lateral. This allows for a more precise diagnosis of issues, avoiding unnecessary excavation or repairs that may otherwise be required when relying solely on guesswork. Water at the ground surface or sinkholes may not provide an adequate picture of what is going on with the sewer lateral lines, this can result in unnecessary repair costs.

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4. Cost-Effective Repairs: 

With a thorough understanding of the problem gained through camera inspection, repairs can be targeted and cost-effective. Instead of conducting large-scale excavations or replacements, homeowners can often opt for less invasive repair techniques, such as spot repairs or relining, saving both time and money.

5. Insurance Claims: 

In case of damage to the sewer lateral, having documentation from previous camera inspections can streamline the insurance claims process. Insurers may require evidence of regular maintenance and home inspection to validate claims, and having this documentation readily available can expedite the process and maximize the chances of reimbursement.

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6. Property Value: 

Regular maintenance, including sewer lateral inspections, can help maintain or even increase the value of a property. Prospective buyers are likely to be more attracted to homes with well-maintained sewer systems, reducing the likelihood of negotiations over repair costs during the sale process.

Overall, while sewer lateral camera inspections may involve an initial investment, the long-term savings in preventing costly repairs, maintaining property value, and minimizing disruption make them a wise financial decision for homeowners. Your inspector at Batten To Beam Inspections, LLC is trained and maintains equipment that can provide a complete picture of your lateral sewer line conditions. We are even certified for doing inspections in some townships where required.

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