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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

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Recently we provided a sewer scope and locate in downtown Coeur d’Alene for a client on a sewer lateral at one of his rentals.  The side sewer has had continual problems over the years with sewer back-ups.  The line is over 150′ long, runs across three neighboring properties, and underneath another home.  The  old clay piping is ridden with breaks, cracks, offset joints, severe root intrusions, and needs remediation.  One of the bids he received from a local contractor was nearly $13,000.  Just a few days ago however, we got a follow-up email from him.  As illustrated in the picture below, it turns out a bid he received on his sewer replacement from a trenchless contractor we recommended was about $4K less.  Although this is still a substantial amount of money it’s good to do your homework…  or let us do it for you.  We will; at no charge, act as the liaison between our client and multiple contractors if necessary to provide you the best possible solution to your  sewer problem.  We’re in this business to save people money, properly and proactively educate our clients on sewer problems in order to gain long term trust and repeat referral business.  Have a questions regarding the sanitary infrastructure of your home or a home you’re looking to purchase?  Contact us at 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

You’re empty nesters, children grown and gone, semi-retired, embarking on a lifelong dream to move from Colorado to North Idaho.  You purchase a gorgeous property overlooking Lake Pend Oreille in one of the most spectacular places in the country.  Your dream is now reality.  Ahh the simple life you exclaim while holding your wife tight.  This has been years in the making.  Excited about the endless opportunity for recreation and relaxation, the overwhelming joy and heartfelt exuberance is contagious to the people you engage.

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Unfortunately, a trip to the bathroom yields yet again, less than desirable results.  This has happened more than once.  The initial snaking of the drain wasn’t a remedy, but temporary relief at best.  As the sewage backs up suddenly the thought of losing your dream puts a damper on your bliss.  After all the research you’ve done, you know well and sure that a failed leach field can be incredibly expensive to repair or replace.  Over dinner; and through your faith, you say a farcical prayer that the septic system problem is of minimal expense, and that you can continue your dream of living the simple life of retirees in this awesome new place you call home.

Time to call in an expert.  A Google search for septic video inspection reveals a possible answer to your prayer.  Lateral Concepts, LLC.  Reading further, you discover the numerous reviews and recommendations.  One from your Realtor that you’ve come to respect and befriend.  A quick phone call and you’re on your way to an honest discovery of the real problem.  Turns out the previous owner had built a magnificent fountain gracing the back yard.  A large spike driven to hold the footing has pierced the septic line.  As it catches solids and debris, back-ups are inevitable.  Digital location and depth of the problem area assures you that it’s a repair you can easily handle yourself.  And an inexpensive one at that!  Here’s to the glorious days you’ve dreamed about…  retired in Idaho!

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“Can’t tell you how much stress you reduced in our lives. Leslie and I were living in real fear of maybe losing our dream as we knew we could not afford to fix a leach field. Just so great to know what it is. I gave your card to a friend today and he is a builder and said he would definitely use you in the future!”

All the best,
Hart – Hope, ID

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

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

Excellent information from our friends in Cincinnati! Keep in mind however, the cost estimates quoted in this blog do not exactly coincide with pricing in the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane areas. In North Idaho and Eastern Washington, you should expect to pay around 15-20% less for such a repair. It’s always best to do your homework. Get multiple bids and advice from knowledgeable professionals. Better yet, have an unbiased third party get involved to help with such an overwhelming process.

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

Mainline Inspection Services

Currently, the two most common methods of repairing a damaged sewer line is a Full Line Replacement, and what is known as a Reline, sometimes referred to as a Sleeve. If an inspection reveals serious issues with the sewer lateral that can only be remediated with a full replacement or repair, these are the two methods I most often consult my customers on.

An excavation is a pretty straight forward option in which the yard is dug up and the old line is removed and replaced, usually, with either SDR 35 or SCH 40 PVC pipe.

A reline is  often referred to as a “no-dig” trenchless sewer repair, as it requires very little, if any digging. It involves re-lining the interior of the existing damaged  sewer line with a seamless liner. The new sewer liner can sometimes be installed through an existing access point, called a clean-out…

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Spring in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Sun, rain, wind, snow.  We’ll soon be blessed with warmer days!  Looking out the window as the sun still hasn’t set, I can’t help but to think about all the fun and ambitious things that spring brings.

As Spring unfolds many homeowners start thinking about outdoor type projects. i.e. landscaping, porches, decks, patios, retaining walls, ponds, water features, gardens, new trees, shrubs, etc.   Below are some tips to help you avoid some common problems during your next spring or summer project.

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Keep in mind and be extra cautious around septic tanks, drain fields, leach fields, and sewer and septic lateral drain lines. Avoid a potential disaster by having them located prior to beginning your Spring landscaping projects. Most people know it’s the law to call before you dig. National 811 service however, does not locate private utilities like sewer lines, septic lines, tanks, drainfields, storm drains, etc.

To most; underground utilities are just that, “underground” = out of sight, out of mind. If you don’t already know the location, depth, and layout of your sewer or septic system, this is the perfect time to find out. By having a video inspection and locate of the lines and tank, you’ll not only gain valuable information to help with future periodic septic system maintenance, potentially detect “underlying” problems before become an issue, and make more educated design decisions for your project.

We; as well as most plumbing companies, septic companies, and state and government entities recommend having a
septic system serviced (pumped and inspected) every 3-5 years dependent on the size, capacity, and
type of system you have on site. To better accommodate regular and necessary maintenance have Poly or PVC risers installed on your septic tank to eliminate the need for future excavation. They don’t have to be an ugly green eye-sore in your yard either. Check out septic lids that match your landscape. Oh and you don’t need a licensed contractor do to that. Risers are fairly inexpensive..  and with a little ambition to dig (or some good friends and a healthy beer supply), you can do it yourself!
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If you’re on city sewer, you may or may not already understand that you; as a homeowner, are
responsible for the proper care and maintenance of your own private sewer lateral (main line) from the
house to the street. In many municipalities, you’re responsible all the way to where it ties into the city main (under the street or alley).  More information regarding private sewer lateral responsibility in the City of Coeur d’Alene can be found here.

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Because the home in the picture above has basement plumbing, the sewer lateral in that case was over 7′ deep.  In some cases though, sewer or septic lines can be quite shallow. Thus a simple excavation for a landscaping project like planting a tree, or installing an automatic sprinkler system could lead to damage of you sewer or septic system. Likewise, planting a tree too close to your sewer or septic lines or drain field, regardless of the depth, may cause future problems with infiltration from tree roots. Inevitably leading to a back-up.

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Spring is the time when trees start come out of that “semi-dormant” winter state and start searching for
water and nutrients from the soil. If you have a break, crack, or offset joint in your sewer or septic lines or a leaky septic tank; you’re not only allowing untreated wastewater into the aquifer and nearby lakes and streams, but you’re providing an incredible source of nutrients for your landscape. Sure the trees, shrubs, and lawn may look lush, green, and great, oh and those veggies in your yard?  Truly “organic”.  (and you just thought you were a green thumb ;)).  The sewer back-up that occurs when a blockage happens however, will quickly turn those beauties to beasts.


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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Here’s a sneak peak of some of our equipment on a commercial job in Hayden, ID.  High quality equipment makes a big difference when inspecting and locating sewer laterals. 

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

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