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You may already be familiar with the City of Sandpoint’s Sewer Lateral Improvement Program; going forward however (as of January 1st, 2016),  If you’re planning to buy or sell a home in Garfield Bay, Sagle, Idaho you need to be aware that they have implemented a similar program, nearly identical in fact.  Here is some important information regarding the Garfield Bay Sewer Lateral Improvement Program (SLIP) and attached document outlining the entire SLIP program for Garfield Bay.

The Sewer Lateral Improvement Program (SLIP):

The purpose of this program is to decrease the volume of inflow and infiltration (I & I) which enters the main sewer line by repair or replacing private sewer laterals. The program shall initiate inspections periodically so that the condition of the private laterals can be accurately assessed, and repaired or replaced as necessary. This groundwater and /or surface water entering the sewer mains has become a significant issue, making it harder and more costly to treat the sewage and increasing the cost to sewer patrons by requiring treatment plant capacity increases. Please see the attached program description for more information.
An owner must have their private sewer lateral inspected by video for defects when any of the following events occur:

1. A house or business is being sold and was constructed more than five (5) years ago, must be inspected before the sale closes except if such an inspection was conducted in the five years immediately prior to the sale and the video was provided to the District.

2. An owner takes out a building permit for more than twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) for a house or business which was constructed more than five (5) years ago.

3. An inspection of a sewer main line identifies excessive inflow and infiltration from the private sewer lateral.

No house or business shall be required to have their lateral inspected more than once every five (5)

years.

What should you do now?

The first step for you, the owner, is to hire an inspection company to come and perform a video inspection of your sewer lateral. They will do this by running a small camera down your cleanout or toilet to make a video of the interior of your pipes. After the video, the inspector must contact Garfield Bay Water & Sewer District to inform them of the results. If there appears to be cause for concern, the Sewer District will review the video and rate the condition of your lateral based on several criteria.

 

Read full details of the Garfield Bay SLIP Program here:  Appendix H Lateral Improvement Program Final 7.21.15

 

How we’re different: 

Lateral Concepts, LLC is not a plumbing sales organization. We do not repair, replace, service, or excavate sewer lines. We are the ONLY “unbiased” sewer lateral inspection company of it’s kind in the entire state. We have state-of-the-art equipment and can email the video to multiple parties simultaneously. We offer professional support before, during, and after the inspection that will save you or your clients time and money.

– No conflicts of interest
– No more frustrating delays to closing
– No up-selling of service or exaggeration of problems
– No wasting time getting bids for repair

If problems are discovered: We will; at no charge, act as the liaison between client and contractor to negotiate savings for any necessary repairs or replacement of the sewer lateral.

Full comprehensive written reports for the discerning home buyer!

For additional information or to schedule an inspection:

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Lateral Concepts, LLC
(208) 818-8241
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Lateral Concepts, LLC is a locally owned and operated business in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We provide unbiased sewer and septic lateral video inspections and locates in and around North Idaho, Spokane, and Eastern Washington. For more information, or to schedule an inspection, contact us at: 208.818.8241

 

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There’s a common misconception that we’ve heard multiple times from real estate buyers as well as Realtors.  “The property has a septic system and the tank was pumped and inspected, so we don’t or won’t need your services.”  While it’s very important and common practice prior to a real estate transaction to have the septic tank pumped; the interior of the tank inspected, as well as the inlet and outlet baffles of the tank inspected, it’s also extremely important to inspect other components of the system.  Especially the piping between the house and the tank as well as the drainfield if it’s accessible (which can be made accessible with a little digging).

Below is an inspection report we recently completed for a home that was just listed on the MLS for Hayden, Idaho.  The seller knew he had some type of problem because of continual back-ups.  The tank had been pumped and “INSPECTED” recently and the owner was told that they (the pumping company) “thought he needed a new drainfield”.  Likewise, other “plumbers” had been out to snake the line and speculated on what could be wrong.  His listing agent recommended that he call us for a second opinion and have the line(s) scoped.  We decided to start small.  No sense in digging everything up and charging him for things that may or may not be needed.  So we started by scoping the line between the house and the tank and we agreed to progress with digging up the outlet and scope the drainfield also if it was deemed necessary for further investigation.  The video inspection (sewer scope) of the line between the house and the tank however, revealed a very common problem.  The line was “bellied out” i.e., had a low spot right before going into the inlet of the tank.   So approximately 5′ of pipe needed to be replaced.  No big deal.  It was digitally located and we determined the depth of the line was only 2′ deep.  Thus; a stick of pipe, a plumber with a shovel, and a couple hours, it was fixed.  Moral of the story:  Out of Sight, Out of Mind.  The out of state seller; without doing further research and his own due diligence, AND without the fantastic Broker Denise Lundy of Fortus Realty on his side, could have easily pulled the trigger over the phone on a new drainfield, spent thousands of dollars, and still had a problem.  Need a second opinion?  Call us at:  208-818-8241.  SPY before you BUY.  LOCATE before you DIG.

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

Every pump can get clogged!

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Great information!

John Baethke's Blog

Every pump can get clogged!

Often times plumbers out there believe that “one pump fits all”. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When trying to decide on the sump or ejector pump that will make the most sense for you, you have to answer several questions?

  • What are you going to be pumping?
  • Do you directly control what will be pumped?
  • What caused the last pump to fail?
  • How long do you plan on being responsible for this pump?
  • What is your budget?

The first question, “What are you going to be pumping?”, is the most important question. If the liquid is just clear ground water you can install a pump as small as 1-1/2″ and it can be submersible or pedestal. The only trick is to make sure the size is sufficient to remove the incoming water at its highest volume. If the liquid you are pumping will have any waste then that will require…

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Think Spring! Are you a green thumb?.

Spring is upon us here in Coeur d’Alene, and summer is quickly approaching.  That means more to us than just fishing, camping trips, backyard barbecues, and sun burns.  There’s something that lies beneath that we should all be aware of.  This time of year, trees are growing fast.  Hot days and minimal precipitation means they need extra water and nutrients.  So where do they find it?  Broken sewer lines of course!  Tree roots grow into broken sewer lines inevitably leading to a back-up.  So what’s the first thing most homeowners do?  Call a plumber or a rooter company to come out and fix it?  Perhaps you’re handy and frugal yourself, so you rent the biggest snake you can find and grind away at the blockage…  But STOP!  Read the info below, watch the video, and think before you act.  Share this blog with your friends and loved ones.  It could save your life or someone elses. 

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Over the winter we discussed the term “crossbore” in which utility companies inadvertently drill natural gas, fiber optics, power, and other utilities through private sewer laterals.  The practice of Horizontal Directional Drilling; also known as boring or HDD, is common practice for utility companies when installing new lines.  Unfortunately however, they don’t locate private sewer lines prior to such projects.  Here’s a video that shows the dangers of “crossbores”, the potential explosions and the heartbreak that goes along with it.  Do us all a favor.  Call before you dig, snake, clean, or rooter!  

National 811 service does not locate private sewer.  We do.  Schedule your inspection or locate today by calling:  (208) 818-8241. 

 

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

When looking at older homes; here’s a simple clue that the sewer line may have some problems. The plug/cap in this cast iron sewer cleanout would have originally been brass which can be difficult to remove.  Breaking or chiseling the brass cap is sometimes the only way to gain access.  The one in the picture below has been replaced with a newer ABS plastic one.  This may Indicate that some type of maintenance (snaking or jetting) to remove tree roots or other blockages has been performed.

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

“I wish I would have know this before I bought the house…  I had a home inspection.  Do you think I have any recourse with the home inspector or my real estate agent?”

In the few years I spent as a service technician giving bids on sewer and septic repairs or replacements for a large local plumbing and excavation company here in North Idaho; the quote above was unfortunately one of the hardest, yet most common (often tear-filled) responses I had to hear from my customers in and around the Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, Sandpoint, and Spokane areas.   I always thought to myself, I sure wouldn’t want to be the realtor or inspector on the receiving end of that phone call.

Often times repair estimates exceeded several thousand dollars.  That doesn’t include the thousands it may cost for clean up and restoration if a sewer back-up occurred.  To most, sewer and septic lines are out of sight and out of mind when purchasing a property.  They automatically assume the home inspector will  determine any and all problems prior to their purchase.  Home inspectors however will simply run water in the sinks, tubs, showers, and flush toilets.  None of which will give any indication of whether the sewer or septic lateral is structurally sound or not.  It may take many many gallons of water and/or actual “usage” to indicate a problem or cause a back-up.

Both homeowners and commercial property owners were always shocked to one; discover that their sewer or septic line had been damaged due to age, poor workmanship, inferior materials, collapsed pipe, cracks, breaks, offset joints, bellies, or root infestations.  And secondly, to hear “the bad news”…  how much is was going to cost to fix it.

The only way to properly determine the structural integrity and functional operation of a sewer or septic line is to send a camera down.  By utilizing state-of-the-art technology (a 200′ long fiber optic camera with color LCD monitor), we can determine the condition of the line before it’s too late.  Before you sign at the closing table.  We not only protect buyers by providing an unbiased assessment of the condition of the sewer lateral, but we protect real estate professionals and inspectors by limiting their liability.  Your home inspector or real estate agents probably aren’t to blame.  Prior to purchasing a property however, it’s important to perform your own due diligence in having all the necessary and appropriate inspections.  Both customary and ancillary.  Likewise, a real estate professional (truly looking out for their buyers best interest), will encourage their buyers to perform these inspections.

 

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