Almost all home buyers in the Mountain Home area now require a home inspection as a condition of sale. Although the diligent home inspectors crawl over, under and through the house, it's important to realize that there are important components that they SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDE from the inspection.
One of the most important of these is the drainage line connecting the house to the city sewer system. Damage to these lines is generally age-dependent as pipes become brittle, crushed by passing traffic or blocked by tree roots. Even newer homes may be vulnerable as the installation or repair of other services in the street may result in an accidental penetration of the sewer line. In either case, obstructed sewer lines can result in raw sewage backing up into the residence with predictable results on the home's carefully crafted ambiance.
Sewer lines are inspected by a technician who monitors the progress of a video camera snaking its way from the house to the city sewer main. If you miss the live show, some inspectors will burn a narrated dvd of the tour for you to watch on those evenings when there's absolutely nothing on tv.
These inspections are also important in ensuring that unused septic tanks have been properly abandoned before somebody goes and builds on top of them (especially since the new buyer may have no idea that there was ever a septic on the property).
Contact me if you'd like to learn more about this extra, but important, step in ensuring a pain free homebuying experience.