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Reuben Saltzman

Sewer inspections: old homes or all homes?

Are sewer inspections a good idea for old houses, or all houses? If you had asked me this question a few years ago, I would have told you old houses. In fact, I told a lot of people that. Today, however, I know better.

Sewer inspections are a good idea for all houses. Both old and new.

As a home ages, the potential for sewer problems increases. I used to believe that problems with building sewers were almost non-existent for newer, plastic drain lines. It’s not true. My sewer inspection guy, Joseph Whitters, aka Sewer Joe, aka Dr. J, has shared a bunch of sewer inspection videos with me over the past year showing failed, relatively newer sewer lines. Each one of these drain lines requires an expensive repair that I would absolutely not want to get stuck with as a home buyer. I put together a short video of these defects, along with some commentary from Sewer Joe. Check it out:

Author: Reuben SaltzmanStructure Tech Home Inspections

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No responses to “Sewer inspections: old homes or all homes?”

  1. Laura A Bracklein
    September 18, 2018, 6:20 am

    Thanks Reuben. This video was a surprise to me. I’m guessing a sewer inspection isn’t an add-on for most home inspectors. Who do you call for one and how much would my buyers be expected to pay for a sewer inspection?

  2. Reuben Saltzman
    September 18, 2018, 7:57 am

    Hi Laura,

    If your home inspector doesn’t offer sewer inspections, go with a sewer inspection company. We work with Joe at Drainbusters ( because he’s awesome, and he covers the entire metro area. You can also do a google search for “Sewer inspection ” to find nearby sewer inspectors. The cost for a sewer inspection may range from $150 – $300 here in the Twin Cities. Our fee is $175.

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