Encouragement, advice, past experiences, wisdom needed!

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I bought a home built in 67 in downtown Castle Rock, CO.

Specifically looked for something I could turn in to a house hack, then eventually sell.

The initial inspection showed a few things in the sewer line, approximately 39 feet from the house.

Previous owner did not disclose any sewage issues.

After 3 weeks in the house, we had a sewage backup all over my lower level that my contractor is turning into an apartment. We had just framed, put up drywall, new electrical and put in brand new flooring, of which quite a bit had to be thrown out.

After the initial scope during inspection, and 2 more scopes after the first 2 backups, we are still unclear as to what’s causing the issue.

I would very much appreciate any words of wisdom or advice. Encourage the needed as I’m normally a super positive go get kind of lady!

@Roxanne Ibrahim , sorry to hear about your situation.

I am sure it can be fixed. Whatever it is you have to get a qualified company with a camera to figure out what the issue is. In these older homes, it is not uncommon that the roots of the trees go through your sewer lines. I have had the same experience and once you pinpoint the issue, you can dig in that specific area and get to the root of the problem. Hopefully, the area is not over a driveway or any other structures as it would make this process a lot more complicated. 

when this arose at the inspection, it should have been a very big red flag for you. Regular inspections don't do an inspection of the sewer line, unless you specifically ask for one. The fact that you did, great. You should have not ignored the results of it and should have looked at what these "few things" in the sewer line were. I hope you have learned from this mistake and now you know better.

Keep staying positive and you will get through this. If anything, you will grow out of it stronger, smarter, and one more story for you to share with other people that will be looking for advice on what to look for when they do the same. 

@Nik Corbaxhi

Turns out, the original inspection was completely off. The two issues he said he found are non issues, learned after excavating my driveway.

The cast iron he says was clear is absolutely not clear, and it’s level, instead pitched properly, which he would have noticed had he run water during the scope.

51 ft of cast iron is going to get ripped up in my basement.

Moral? Do your job and do it well. Other moral? Research the hell out of anyone who will play a role in buying or not buying a property.

This will just be a stick in the road, maybe its a sign to completely renovate. Either way the inspection should have been much more in depth, but that is not your fault. Just learn from your mistakes and move forward 

Originally posted by @Nik Corbaxhi :

@Roxanne Ibrahim, sorry to hear about your situation.

I am sure it can be fixed. Whatever it is you have to get a qualified company with a camera to figure out what the issue is. In these older homes, it is not uncommon that the roots of the trees go through your sewer lines. I have had the same experience and once you pinpoint the issue, you can dig in that specific area and get to the root of the problem. Hopefully, the area is not over a driveway or any other structures as it would make this process a lot more complicated. 

when this arose at the inspection, it should have been a very big red flag for you. Regular inspections don't do an inspection of the sewer line, unless you specifically ask for one. The fact that you did, great. You should have not ignored the results of it and should have looked at what these "few things" in the sewer line were. I hope you have learned from this mistake and now you know better.

Keep staying positive and you will get through this. If anything, you will grow out of it stronger, smarter, and one more story for you to share with other people that will be looking for advice on what to look for when they do the same. 

@nikcorbaxhi 

I made no mistakes. I did have a sewer scope run before we closed & had the job done properly I never would have bought it.