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A standard home inspection does include inspection of the basic functions of a home's sanitary sewer system. This inspection is generally associated with the functionality of the sanitary sewer system as well as associated accessories. It generally includes all visible components of a home's sanitary sewer system and ends where the system exists the home at a visible location. This inspection specifically excludes buried and/or non visible portions of the sanitary sewer system.


A sewer lateral line inspection is not an inspection criteria currently required by the Standard of Practice (SOP) of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). As a result, this type of inspection is not performed as a part of a standard home inspection.


In general terms the sanitary sewer lateral which is the line that runs between the home and the connection point with the municipal sanitary sewer system is the responsibility of the home owner. This line can be subject to damage based on the material utilized for the line, the age of the line, the condition of vegetation around the line, as well as a variety of other factors. Newer homes constructed since approximately the 1970's to 1980's have generally utilized Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) sanitary sewer piping systems which is generally a stable product. However, homes constructed prior to this generally utilized other products including; but, not limited to cast iron, asbestos cement, as well as clay. These other types of piping systems can be prone to damage from vegetation (roots), deterioration due to time, as well as disturbances from above (heavy equipment or vehicle traffic).


Alabama is a Caveat Emptor ("let the buyer beware") state in terms of real estate transactions and there are no state legislated provisions which require an owner to disclose real-estate condition issues other than those issues which are federally mandated to be disclosed if known such as Lead Based Paint (LPB).


We can perform a sanitary sewer lateral line inspection which entails a video inspection of the sanitary sewer line from the point where the line generally exists the home to where it connects with the municipal sanitary sewer system. While this type of inspection is not exhaustive or definitive in nature it can reveal line damage which could lead to a blockage.


Our video inspection service generally requires one (1) to two (2) hours to perform, is limited to an approximate one hundred (100) foot (ft) inspection distance, requires the availability of an accessible and serviceable clean out near the line in question, and is normally offered as an additional service for a standard home inspection opposed to a standalone service offering. This service can also be utilized for the inspection of other drainage piping systems which may be of concern (storm water lines, basement drainage lines, etc.).


In the event that damage or other sings of concern are noted during the course of the inspection the inspector will recommend further evaluation and/or repairs by a licensed pluming contractor. The findings of the inspection will be documented in a report and will generally include a narrative, still images, and/or video images.


It should be noted that we are not licensed by The State of Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board and as such our service offering pertaining to sewer lateral line video inspection in no way implies and offering of plumbing, sewer, or gas fitting construction related services which may or may not require licensure. Specifically our video inspection services are limited to inspection only and do not imply any services which may pertain to the construction, installation, repair, alteration, or servicing of a plumbing, sewer, of gas system as defined by The State of Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board as well as other applicable legislation at either the state, county, city, or other local level.


Additional information is available by viewing our FAQ, Links, and Information Page accessible, from the menu, on the left-hand side of this page or by utilizing the following hyper-link: FAQ.


It should be noted that the fastest way, to obtain a quote, for services is to complete the inspection scheduling process. This process does not commit you to services; but, it does allow us to collect important information which is utilized to provide an accurate service quote. Our service rates are competitive and within industry norms. The scheduling process can be started by following the home icon links throughout our site or by utilizing the following hyper-link: Quotes.


If after reviewing our web-site you would like more information about a specific offering we would be glad to speak with you. You can reach us through our contact forms which are accessible, from the main menu, at the top of this page, you can Email us at, or you can call us at 1-205-746-7567.

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