When buying a home it's always good to get a sewer scope as part of your general inspection process. Sewer lines, like any other area of a home, can wear out or require maintenance and the scope will let you know how things are flowing so you can address issues before you end up with an expensive (and stinky) backup.
We knew from our inspection prior to purchase that we had a off-set in the line near the edge of the lawn...that's essentially where a joint has shifted, minimizing the diameter of the line at that point and creating a catch point for whatever is coming down the line.
With light use a single homeowner could have gone for some time and been unaware there was any issue, but if you put a family in there with a full load on the system it would have been a matter of time before it started backing up.
This gorgeous hole in our front yard (apologies for the heavy equipment and bit of noise) cost over $5000...and it was worth every penny knowing that we'll be able to pass this sweet home off to new owners who can enjoy it for years to come without issue! The line is now in perfect condition from the house all the way to the main line, and we have clean-outs installed in the front to make future maintenance even easier. We'd like to give a shout-out to Michael and the professionals at MMBS Professional Plumbers for the great work!
If you are a neighbor, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the warm welcome and all the introductions. You have a very special cul-de-sac full of some of the kindest folks we've met...we've joked that perhaps when we're done with the renovations we should just move in!