Sewer Scoping in Connecticut

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Sewer Scoping in Connecticut

Sewer Scoping in Connecticut

Sewer systems typically remain out of sight and out of mind, but what happens if your system has an unidentified, uncorrected problem?

A damaged or degraded sewer system can cause structural deterioration, sewage leaks, health issues, and other costly consequences.

Our sewer scoping service helps you minimize the risk of uncertainty. We inspect your system and identify uncorrected issues, so you can take steps to resolve them.

Sewer Scoping in Connecticut

Why Do You Need a Sewer Scope Inspection?

A sewer system malfunction can disrupt your daily routine, damage your home, and sicken your family and pets. Sewer scoping can help provide solutions.

Identify Problems Before You Buy or Sell a Home

If you’re selling or buying a home, a deteriorating sewer line can sabotage your sale. Connecticut laws require that an owner disclose sewage system issues before they finalize a deal. Even if a home seller doesn’t have the sewer inspected, the buyer probably will.

Reduce Your Family’s Risk of Illnesses

When your sewer system is functioning properly, it helps your family avoid health risks. Sewage problems can expose your family and pets to harmful contaminants.

  • Bacteria
  • Parasites
  • Raw Sewage
  • Mold spores
  • Harmful gasses
  • Fungi
Sewer Scoping in Connecticut

Detect Sewer System Issues Early

Homeowners usually can’t identify sewer system issues until they’re already causing a problem. These may include:

  • Flooding in a home or yard
  • Sinkholes or shifting ground
  • Foundation issues
  • Ambient odors
  • Contaminated water
  • Mold Spores
  • Increased pests

Sewer scope inspection helps identify the problems before they become more complicated and more costly.

Sewer Scoping in Connecticut

Our Sewer Scoping Service

A sewer scope is a specialized video camera used to view sewer and line interiors. We use them to inspect privately owned lines connected to publicly-owned city lines and Homeowners Association taps or septic tanks. Inspections can take up to 30 minutes. We follow a protocol that delivers consistent results while keeping your home and property safe, and clean.

  • Place drop cloths and towels in work areas to prevent dirtying your property
  • Set up camera equipment near the access point
  • Take photos/videos of our setup location 
  • Flush out sewer lines with water
  • Lubricate cameras to prevent debris issues
  • Use water to help float the camera into position 
  • Scan area to document sewer line, confirm ownership, and eliminate mixups
  • Remove cleanout and turn on camera, reset the counter, insert USB drive and record

Our video camera can detect and document cracks, imperfections, blockages, clogs, growing roots, drain bellying, and other problems. 

Here is an example of our scope discovering Root Intrusion

Orangeburg Pipe

Orangeburg pipe is a type of home sewer pipe used in many properties built from 1945 to 1972. Also known as “no-corrode” pipe, Orangeburg is a type of bituminized fiber pipe made from a mixture of hot pitch and wood pulp. It gets its name from Orangeburg, New York, where it was originally mass-produced by the Fiber Conduit Company (which later changed its name to the Orangeburg Manufacturing Company).

Although various forms of bituminized fiber pipe have been used since the 1800s, Orangeburg owes its origins to World War II, when the iron and steel commonly used for sewer pipes were critical to the war effort. Because of these shortages, Orangeburg pipe was invented so more iron and steel could go toward producing war materials. Following the war, Orangeburg continued to proliferate because it was cheap.

Once installed, standard Orangeburg sewer pipes were expected to last 50 years’ time. Unfortunately, many systems began to falter after a mere 30 years of use. Most of these structural complications resulted from the material used to manufacture the pipe. Essentially, Orangeburg pipe is little more than asphalt-soaked paper and pulp. It may seem obvious in retrospect, but if you soak paper (even tar paper) with water for long enough, it will eventually deform. Combined with the pressure from the soil above the pipe, it’s not surprising these pipes began to fail so quickly.


Contact Bender Inspection Services

Whether you’re a seller, a buyer, or a conscientious homeowner, you need to know what’s happening in your sewer system. Sewer scoping provides answers so you can take action now to avoid costly repairs later. To learn more about sewer scoping video inspections, contact Bender Inspection Services, LLC. at 203-376-1095 or leave a message on our contact form. 

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