Sewer Scope

Why have your sewer system scoped? No matter what pipe type is in your home, or the overall condition of the home, problems can still occur in the home’s sewage system due to age, environment, plant roots, human error, etc… Thus, no matter how long your sewer lines are supposed to last, unforeseen events can still occur that may damage your sewage system. So sewer scoping gives you the knowledge of the condition of a home’s plumbing system, as well as, giving you more confidence and reassurance in your home purchase.

What type of drain pipes do you have?

Knowing the types of plumbing pipes in your home allows you take steps to prevent leaks, flooding, and potential health hazards. Nothing lasts forever, and that includes the plumbing systems of your home. Fortunately, the majority of pipe materials perform well for decades, but when that lifespan is reached, pipes may start to leak. ​When it comes to sewer lines, the period of time the sewer pipes will last is dependent on the material that was used to create the system, as well as, factors.

  • Clay pipes

    which were commonly used from 1900-1974

    Clay pipes were an economical way for builders and sewer workers to create the main sewer line. There were several types of this pipe, but most were considered hard to work with and impervious to chemicals. Clay sewer pipes can typically last for 50 to 60 years.

  • Orangeburg pipes

    which started being used in 1900, but was most common from 1937-1950.

    Orangeburg pipe are made of a ground-up cellulose, special water-resistant adhesive impregnated with liquefied coal tar pitch. This pipe is not good under pressure, but was light and easy to install. It became very common because all the iron and steel was being used in the war effort. Orangeburg pipes can typically last for 20 to 40 years.

  • Cast Iron pipes

    have been commonly used from 1900-1980

    Cast iron pipe is still used today, but mainly in commercial buildings. It is a very strong pipe, capable of handling a very high internal pressure. Cast iron was widely used in residential homes till around 1970-80 It is regarded to have a lifespan of 50-70 years.

  • PVC pipes

    are most commonly used from 1980 to the present day.

    PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe was designed to last for long periods of time, typically over 100 years. After 1980 this pipe replaced the old version of clay pipes as the “go to” piping for sewer lines.​

****Skyway Property Inspections subcontracts this service to a trusted local plumbing contractor and is scheduled for the same time as the home inspection.

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