A sewer scope is a video inspection of a property’s main sewer drain line. A video camera is inserted into the sewer line at a point inside the property ( usually the sewer clean out in the lowest level, basement, or crawlspace ) and then pushed through the line all the way to the point where it joins the city main sewer line ( or the septic tank if the property has one ). A high quality camera gives the inspector a clear view of the entire line and all of the components that are apart of it. Furthermore, a high quality camera system also gives the inspector the ability to narrate what is being seen as the camera moves through the line and the narrated video can be emailed directly to the client.
A sewer line is usually made up of many different types of materials over its entire length and all of of these materials have different maintenance needs, life expectancies, and failure indicators. Although the process of the inspection is usually quite simple and anyone can purchase a camera and perform a sewer scope, understanding what is being seen and how it relates to the overall condition of the pipe, the maintenance or repairs the pipe may need now or in the future, and the estimated longevity of the pipe and the materials that comprise it, takes a
great deal of knowledge and experience. Therefore, in the Denver metro area, we exclusively use Mile High Pipe Inspectors, LLC for all sewer scopes. Owned by Rich and Jana Johnson, MHPI is Colorado’s leading unbiased video inspection company. Rich is a licensed master plumber with over 30 years experience in the industry – the last 20 plus years doing only video sewer line inspections. MHPI does not maintain or repair any sewer line, they simply provide the most knowledgeable and unbiased information in the industry.
Repairing a sewer line is generally a very expensive repair ( imagine saw cutting concrete to access the pipe in the basement and then using a backhoe to dig up the pipe from the house all the way out to the city main in the middle of the street ), often $10,000 or more. This does not even include the cost of repairing damages that could occur if sewage backed up into the property. Especially when purchasing a house, having a sewer scope performed as part of the general inspection process is extremely inexpensive insurance.