Most homebuyers have no idea what a lateral sewer line (LSL) is or that it’s their responsibility to maintain it. And because LSL inspections aren’t required, many homebuyers skip them.

But for homes built before 1975, a deteriorating LSL could be harboring a nasty and expensive surprise. That’s why many home inspectors now offer camera scope inspections to their clients, by teaming up with local contractors or by learning how to do the inspections themselves.

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Business NameNumberAddressWebsite
Quality Pumping of Central FL(813) 369-59396091 Johns Rd, Tampa, FL 33634View Website
House 2 Home Inspection Services(813) 310 4103View Website

Quality Pumping of Central FL

(813) 369-5939

6091 Johns Rd, Tampa, FL 33634

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House 2 Home Inspection Services

(813) 310-4103

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If I wanted to work with a contractor to inspect lateral sewer lines, what would that process look like?
Contact contractors in your area that specialize in camera scope inspections to find out how you can partner with them. You can find a directory of contractors that offer lateral sewer line inspections on this web page.
What certification is needed to conduct lateral sewer line inspections?
There is no certification needed to inspect a lateral sewer line. If damage is found in the line, refer the homeowner to a plumber who can handle the replacement or repair of the line.
How long does it take to inspect a lateral sewer line?
Lateral line inspections take 30 to 60 minutes on average. Inspection time can vary depending on how easy it is to access the lateral line, the length of the line and how easily the camera can move through the pipe.
What equipment is used to scope lateral sewer lines with a camera?
Camera inspections require specialty equipment, including a scoping camera, LED lights to illuminate dark spaces, and an LCD monitor to view video in real time. Some home inspectors choose to purchase their own equipment; others prefer to work with a contractor who specializes in camera scoping inspections.
What’s the easiest way to access a lateral sewer line for a camera inspection?
Cleanouts usually are located outside the home between the foundation and the street or on the side of the home closest to a bathroom. Access ports may also be in the basement or roof, and may be covered by drywall, but this is not typical for most homes.
Is Pipe Up just for the Tampa Bay area?
Existing efforts will focus on the Tampa Bay area but may be expanded in the future.
Who funds Pipe Up?
The Pipe Up is funded by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, with support from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Pinellas County. TBEP supports efforts to improve water quality. Older pipes are susceptible to cracks and breaks that leak sewage into groundwater or cause sewage overflows, contributing to algae growth and dead zones in the Bay.