Is it profitable to do your own sewer scope inspections

Hello all,

I’m looking into getting trained and offering sewer scope inspections as an ancillary service. For those of you who got the training and started offering this service, what did you put out for your initial investment in training and equipment? Secondly, what was your ROI? I know that this is largely due to the demand for the service in your area and your marketing plans used to get the word out there. Just looking for some kind of feedback from people who have incorporated this service into their toolbox. I appreciate all your input.

Thank you,

Aaron you can purchase a scope camera with monitor and recorder for under $600. It should be paid off within a few jobs. It should take you less than an hour and charge $200. If you inspect slabs that have HVAC ducts underground this camera comes in pretty handy for that too.

Sewer Camera,165ft Plumbing Drain Camera with DVR 50M Cable Industrial Endoscope Waterproof IP68 Cable Snake Video System with 7 Inch LCD Monitor 1000TVL Sony CCD DVR Recorder (50M-DVR)

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I sub my sewer scopes out. I do on average 2 to 3 a week. The Plumber I sub out to has a scope of 200 ft of which he’s needed that length more than a few times.

We’ve had inspections where the cleanout couldn’t be found so we either had to pull a toilet to run the scope from there (with homeowner’s permission), or from a vent stack on the roof (preferable a flat roof).

We’ve also run into instances where the cleanout plug had to be cut out with a torch to do the scope. Of course the plug is always replaced with a new one in these instances.

Although most go pretty smooth, you never what situations may arise until you get onsite and get started with the scope.

I have given considerable thought to doing these on my own, but the more I do and see what kind of situations can arise, the more I decide against it.

I do enough scopes that I could pay for a top of the line $12K Rigid Seesnake in a year, I just don’t really want to deal with all of the potential headaches that can go along with them.



It takes a while for agents to know you offer it too, but around 40% of single-family home inspections order a sewer scope.

I would do the same as Kevin.


I do do the same as Kevin. And my guys run in to the exact same problems he noted. I don’t have time to pull toilets or trying to open a clean-out at 75 year old cast iron pipe.
About 50% of my clients order a sewer scope. About 10% order septic inspections, I sub out those too.


I don’t know how you use these. I tried one and the thing wouldn’t go more than 20 feet down the pipe. It was ABS to PVC. I returned it.

Thank you, Martin. I appreciate the input.

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Thank you, Kevin. I appreciate it.

Thank you, Ian. I appreciate it.

Thank you, Larry. I appreciate it.

Thank you, Christopher. I thank you for the input.