Picture this: A family with two children under the age of ten, with every penny of savings they could put together over the last couple of years, closes on their new home and moves in. Within two weeks they had a sewage backup occur. The home had been vacant for six weeks prior to their moving in making the absolute detection, prevention, or prediction of such an occurrence next to impossible. Perhaps a sewer camera inspection would have uncovered an issue, perhaps the failure occurred shortly after closing. There’s really no way of knowing.
Seams and separations in the main sewer lines allow for small tree roots to intrude on sewer lines. When a home goes vacant and use of the sewer line changes, they can accelerate their growth. A small number of small root intrusions may never cause an issue with constant use, but in this example that happens thousands of times every year…the tree roots took advantage of the vacant home and created a situation that was going to back up the sewer line for the entire house.
New homeowners like these are often strapped for cash and the cost of even repairing a sewer line is often in excess of $1000. The worst part – all but one home warranty company completely exclude this issue. This couple was saved by the SewerGard coverage that came free with their home inspection. They’re out of pocket cost on a $2000 issue was only $300.
Golden Rule Home Inspections provide warranties with every inspection because we care about you and your client. We deliver true peace of mind and real solutions for home buyers.
So, make sure to remember that you have this coverage for all of your clients. If you have a client move in and they experience a backup, remind them of their SewerGard coverage. If they don’t have a copy of their policy just tell them to reach out to us. The only thing worse than someone having a problem and no coverage is someone who has coverage and forgets!
On a very serious note – liability in real estate almost always has to do with property condition issues. Not only do we provide $100,000 in warranty coverage free with every inspection for your buyers, we provide E&O Deductible Protection to you the real estate agent on every single deal. CLICK HERE to watch a video featuring the CEO of Residential Warranty Services (who backs all of our warranties) explaining the E&O Deductible Protection in detail.