Oil Tank Sweeps

Is access inside the home important while performing an oil tank sweep?

Yes. A thorough inspection of either the basement or the area nearest the furnace is essential to the oil tank sweep process. This includes all crawl spaces and garages. Investigating for previous evidence of fuel service in the home is an integral part of a tank sweep.

There is a car parked in the driveway, is that a problem during the tank sweep?

Yes. Hawkeye requires complete access to all areas of the property without impedances. All vehicles need to be moved off the property for a thorough sweep. This includes all cars, trailers, boats, RV’s, dumpsters, pods or anything large and metal that cannot be moved around during the inspection.

Can your metal detector get a reading through driveways, patios and decks?

Depends. So long as there is no rebar or wire mesh integrated into these surfaces, Hawkeye will have no problem getting a reading. However, if there is rebar or mesh, these areas are specifically excluded from the parameters of the sweep. In such cases, the client may want to perform a more thorough inspection with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) which can read through this metallic laden surface. With respect to decks, Hawkeye makes every effort to get under decks in order to get an accurate reading of the ground beneath. If the deck is on grade with no access underneath, Hawkeye will not be able to get an accurate reading and the area will be excluded from the tank sweep.

What areas of the property does Hawkeye sweep with the metal detector?

While most companies only cover a 30′ radius around the main home, Hawkeye will typically sweep the entire property. Should a client purchasing a larger property and want the entire lot scanned, Hawkeye can do so for an additional cost. Hawkeye has found unknown fuel oil, gasoline and diesel tanks over the years that were missed by other companies because of their limited sweep area.

Do I need to be there while you perform the oil tank sweep?

No. So long as access into the structure is available from either the current property owner or Realtor, a client does not need to be on site during the sweep.

Sewer Scope Inspections

What is a sewer scope inspection?

A sewer scope inspection uses a flexible borescope camera which is fed into the main drainpipe of your home that leads into the sewer line. This allows the inspector to look for any potential problems with the sewer line, such as clogs, cracks, broken pipes, root intrusion and other such faults. The inspector will take photos, as well as record the sewer scope inspection. Once the sewer scope inspection is complete, the inspector will provide a detailed inspection report along with the images and video that was captured.

When do I need a sewer scope inspection?

Most plumbing repair experts advise you to schedule an immediate inspection if your home is more than 40 years old. This is because older homes usually depend on aging clay-fired pipes and older materials vulnerable to root intrusion. But even newer homes may be connected to an older sewer line. Whenever moving into a new home, or purchasing an older home, always pay for a sewer scope inspection to protect yourself from future sewer line issues.

What happens if there is no cleanout access to the sewer line?

If Hawkeye Services arrives at the location of the scheduled sewer scope inspection, but is unable to perform a sewer scope inspection due to an inaccessible or broken/damaged cleanout, a travel fee of $125 will be due on the day of the scheduled sewer scope inspection.

Once Hawkeye is provided access to the sewer line, Hawkeye will return to the property to complete the sewer scope inspection. The client will than pay the remaining balance of ($225) for the sewer scope inspection, plus the cost of the replacement cap (if applicable).

How much does a sewer scope inspection cost?

A fee of $325 includes the cost of the basic sewer scope inspection, and a final written sewer scope inspection report. Payment is due at the time of the inspection. If you are unable to pay at the time of inspection, please call us at 908-235-7273 and make payment arrangements prior to the inspector arriving at the job.

Replacement Cap Fee

If the original cleanout cap cannot be reused to close the sewer line cleanout access. A replacement cap fee of $15 will be applied to your final invoice.

Does Hawkeye Services repair sewer lines?

No, Hawkeye Services does not do repairs. Hawkeye Services will provided it’s professional opinion on the condition of the sewer line and whether or not the sewer line should be replaced, repaired or cleaned. It is recommended to consult with a sewer line replacement company for further assistance with the issues found in the sewer line and reported by Hawkeye Services.
Below are a list of issues a sewer line may have that could warrant a replacement:

– The age or type of sewer line material used
– The space between joints
– Root intrusion
– Poor pitch in the sewer line
– Excessive corrosion
– Collapsed pipe