Home Inspections in Oceanside, Ca often include older properties than can have damaged/deteriorated cast iron plumbing. On a recent home inspection in Oceanside, Ca I came across a damaged cast iron waste line (see attached photo). If a blockage in the line ever occurs downstream that causes sewage to backup, there’s the potential for sewage to backup into the craw space under the home.
Sewage under the home would not be ideal for numerous health and safety reasons, not to mention rot, decay and other wood destroying organisms. The typical life expectancy in our area for cast iron plumbing is approximately 50-60 years.
I look forward to crawling under every crawlspace, it’s one of the favorite aspects of the work I do and part of the reason why I don’t charge to to inspect the crawlspace. To inspect a property without including the crawlspace would be a disservice in my opinion. Make sure your home inspection includes a thorough inspection of the crawlspace if the home has one.