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   But there is an alternative. If you have concerns about the underground drain piping, particularly the main drain pipe running from the house across the front yard to the sewer connection at the street, a good person to call is James Freeman, of J. W. Freeman Plumbing. He uses a plumbing snake with a video head to evaluate the drain piping in older houses. Starting at a vent pipe on the roof, James fishes the snake down through the house drain system and then out to the sewer connection at the street, checking everything from the inside.

   That’s him in the picture above, doing a followup to a recent home inspection of ours, with homebuyer standing by and watching the video tour of his plumbing system. It can be entertaining to watch as he traverses the pipe bends, occasionally coming upon roaches scurrying away or looming tree roots. And you finish the video inspection with the peace of mind that your drain system is sound--or an additional line or two on the home’s repair list. You can contact James Freeman at or (352) 316-3229.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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