Explanations for Sinking Soil
Good home inspectors don’t just check out the interior of a home; they check the exterior and even the yard for clues that something “just isn’t right.”
So, when my client’s inspector noticed a depression in the backyard of their under-contract St. Louis Park home, he raised the possibility that the soil could be settling due to a problem with the main sewer line (essentially, the return from the home to the street or alley; when there’s a leak, the escaping waste water erodes the soil and causes the ground above it to sink).
The next step?
Hiring a drain and sewer cleaning service to run a camera through the sewer line to rule out a problem.
Given that that costs about $150 — and fixing a sewer main can be $5,000 (or more) — that’s a smart step for a prospective Buyer to take (and yes, they pay for it).
P.S.: Other, benign explanations for sinking soil: a tree stump that was removed, or a kids’ swimming pool in that location.