Drain & Sewer Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Sewer Tips for Home Buyers

Did you know that as a homeowner you are responsible for your main sewer line all the way into the street? This information is valuable to know as a new potential homebuyer because in the state of Massachusetts, a current resident it is not legally required to inform a buyer of any existing underground city connected sewer line issues. This is also important to know because if an underground sewer pipe breaks or collapses on your property, you will be held responsible for the repairs.

Underground pipe repair is an expensive and very costly process that requires digging up your lawn street, and sidewalk.

Ask the Right Questions

As a new home buyer, it is important to ask as many questions as you can, especially when it comes to the condition of the piping and sewage lines in your home. Depending on the age of the home your questions will vary but the most important questions on your list should what is the current condition of the sewer line, if there have been any recent repairs, or if there are any current drain problems that the homeowner is aware of. You may not get a direct answer, but if you truly love the home, there are solutions to getting the answers you need.

Video Pipe Inspection

Okay, so you’ve finally found the home of your dreams but there is an underground pipe issue, what do you do? Before committing to the purchase, it is a wise choice to hire a professional drain company to come out and run a video pipe inspection in your home to check the condition of the sewer lines. The inspection may find the sewer line to be in good condition, which is great news for any homeowner! However, it may find a tree root problem or a broken or collapsed pipe which could potentially cost you thousands in unexpected costs. In the end, having a clear idea of what the issue is, along with an expected cost will keep you informed and allow you to make the best decision going forward.

Trust the Drain Experts

For over 37 years Boston Drain Company has provided diagnostics, sewer & drain cleaning, video pipe inspections, sewer line repairs and preventative maintenance options to business owners and residents of Eastern Massachusetts & the Greater Boston Area. For any and all sewer & drain repair / service, call the experts at Boston Drain!


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