Archive for February, 2012

North Idaho Home Inspectors News and Events

National Association of Certified Home Inspectors

An invitation to all

Inspectors, Realtors® and Homeowners

Video Inspections of Septic & Sewer

For Home Owners and Inspectors

Lunch Presentation

11:30 Tuesday, March 6, 2012

At The Pizza Factory, 3904 E. Mullan Ave., Post Falls

Presented by

Brad Penske, Owner

Lateral Concepts, LLC


Brad Penske, Owner of Lateral Concepts, will present important topics on video inspection of underground sewer and septic laterals utilizing technology to observe underground without digging. The presentation will cover the following:

  • Sanitary Infrastructure Fundamentals
  • Types of piping materials
  • Potential Sewer/Septic Line Problems
  • Signs of Problems
  • Why Inspect
  • The Video Inspection Process
  • After the Inspection
  • Repair and Maintenance Options
  • Benefits to buyers, inspectors, and Realtors
  • Open Q&A

Reserve your seat now by email or phone; space is limited!

cdaInspectors@earthlink.netor 208-215-4090

Your $7 Lunch Buffet is your only cost.

Join us 11:30 Tuesday at the Pizza Factory, 3904 E. Mullan Ave., Post Falls

This Free Maintenance Red Flags Presentation is worth one hour of CE Credit for NACHI Inspectors

Sponsored by

Russell S. Spriggs (208.660.8877)

Jeanne Considine-Spriggs (208.215.4090)

CDA Inspectors is a Local, Veteran-Owned Business ~

“North Idaho’s Most Trusted Home Inspection Team!”

Commercial, Residential and Indoor Air Quality Inspections


Example:  Picture shows a crossbored clay sewer lateral

Often utility companies utilize HDD method or Horizontal Direction Drilling for installing underground utilities like fiber optics, gas lines, power, cable, phone, etc. Usually down a public right of way. (Like between the street and sidewalk). The method is less intrusive than conventional excavation. However any private utilities that are not located prior to drilling (like the vitrified clay sewer lateral pictured) could easily be damaged or destroyed.

Inevitably a crossbore through a sewer lateral would lead to a blockage or sewer back-up. The typical response of most homeowners when they have a sewer back-up of course, is to call a plumber or rooter company. The problem though, is if the plumber runs a large snake with blades down the sewer line trying to clear a blockage; there’s a danger of cutting into the gas line or other utility. Ultimately the two biggest problems are the homeowner that wasn’t aware of their damaged sewer and the utility company that suffers expensive damage to their utilities. Worse case scenario disaster would be a natural gas explosion. Either way, the utility company would be responsible to the homeowner to cover the cost of repair. The easy way to avoid all of this would be to simply locate the private sewer lateral prior to performing any kind of excavation, boring, drilling, etc.

I found a similar crossbored connection at a private single family residence on Fairway Drive in the Fairway Forest neighborhood of Coeur d’Alene.  The local utility company responsible for the damage was quick and responsive in correcting the problem and reimbursed the homeowner for repairs and damage caused by the back-up and damage to their sewer lateral.  Keep this information in mind if you live in; or plan to purchase property near the Coeur d’Alene Public Golf Course.

Example:  Explosion from natural gas crossbore

Lateral Concepts, LLC is a locally owned and operated business in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We provide unbiased sewer lateral video inspections and locates in and around North Idaho and Eastern Washington. For more information, you may contact us at: 208.818.8241