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Should the person who does the sewer scope give your an estimate for the cost of repairs?

We recently had an inspection done on a house we really want to buy. The sewer scope turned up the worst problem. There are 3 holes in the sewer line. They happen at 3 different points in the line where there is a joint and the line turns a 45 degree corner. (It wraps around the backside of the house back down to the street). The line is cement and from the '20's. We did NOT get an estimate on the cost of repair so are unsure how to proceed? Any help on cost and what our next step should be?
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Any defects starting at the sidewalk and going into the street are going to be complicated repairs, particularly if you're in Seattle. The City has to do part of the work if it's in the utility right of way, and that will add $ to the cost. Get multiple bids and factor the project costs into your response to the seller. As a home inspector, I've seen plenty of failed/damaged sewers, and these projects can quickly run over $10k.
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October 08 2011
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You might also want to see about the cost of sleeving the pipe, vice replacement. Depending on access, it can be much less expensive and much less disruptive.
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October 07 2011
get a  estimate, and usually it's an estimate, but can be close enough to make the adjustment on the price with the seller.  When get it repaird that will be one last thing to worrie about.on your new home.

Good Luck!
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October 07 2011
You should get several bids.  A scope company may be able to give you an estimate, but they generally will not do the same as a company trying to do the work. If they do also do work, still get a second or third estimate.  See if the sewer line can be done from the front of the house rather than replacing what might be unnecessary if it wraps around the back of the house.  The big factors will be how deep, any trees or concrete above, if it needs to be replaced all the way to the middle of the street or not, and how deep at that point.
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October 07 2011
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That totally helps!!! Thank you! I just put in a call to Sewer Friendly for an estimate and Mike was SUPER helpful!
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October 07 2011
My favorite sewer inspection company for many years (HydroPhysics) is not in the plumbing business and there is never a conflict of interest.  Some of the plumbers I have used in the past have had the scope, but either charged extra for the DVD or could not make one and usually were much more expensive.
Make a copy of the DVD if you got one and get a bid from a reputable, local plumber or two and if possible, ask the seller to complete replacement/ repairs prior to closing.  Depending on the extent of repairs required and depth of the pipe...etc. this can be an expensive project, so if the seller can't or won't pay, you could use a rehab purchase loan after potentially reducing the purchase price. R
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October 07 2011
The sewer inspection folks are not plumbers. You'd need to contact a plumber familiar with sewer repair, show them the video of the sewer scope and obtain a bid from them. Hope thus helps!
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