Inspect The Sewer Lateral
Home buyers’ typical response to “inspect the sewer lateral” is “Inspect the what?”
Many home buyers realize they need to get inspections. An overall property inspection and pest and organism inspection are the most common. What most don’t think about is the sewer pipe.
This pipe transports the sewage from the house to a central pipe somewhere in the street. As a home owner you’re responsible to get that waste from your house to that pipe.
You’ll know when that isn’t happening. Guess what backs up into the sink, tub and/or toilet? Often a tree root has grown into a crack and is now blocking the “stuff” from passing through it.
Linda Mar in Pacifica has a huge problem with their Orangeburg pipes; so much so that the City has tried several times to pass a point of sale rule – that’s a story for another post.
About Ann Arbor reports that the lifespan is 50 to 60 years. Most San Mateo houses are – you guessed it – 50 to 60 years old.
It’s expensive to fix – about $7,000. So it’s worth the $250 it’s going to cost you to get it inspected.
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