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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

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200042_193782753993150_5016581_nThe picture above is an archive from a sewer lateral we located for an investor at a rental property in downtown Coeur d’Alene – More pics from this project can be found on our facebook page here:  This lateral was 7.5′ deep at the city main – A street cut was necessary for repair –  Once they get the pipe laid in the ditch and start back-filling, they’ll also be subject to compaction tests by soils engineers. In Coeur d’Alene homeowners are also responsible for repairing the street, curb, and sidewalk also.  $8,300 later, they can use the toilet again!

 

Sewer lateral repairs or replacement can be extremely expensive!  While repairs can range $1,000 to $3,000 or more; replacement of the entire line will average $5,000 and can exceed $20,000 in some cases. Typically it will come as a surprise to property owners when sewage starts coming out of sinks, toilets, bathtubs and other drains. Property owners should plan for sewer lateral maintenance and repair just as they do for other major working systems of the building or residence.

To protect the value of your investment and avoid the surprises associated with costly repairs; we recommend video inspecting a building’s sewer lateral every 3-5 years, and/or prior to purchasing the property. Even a sewer lateral in new construction can be prone to breaks or problems if proper care to bed the pipe was not taken during installation. Likewise; rocks, gravel, and other construction debris, is often found in newly installed sewer laterals.  Finding these problems before you buy or before the warranty expires may save you thousands of dollars in repairs or maintenance.

Buying a home in Coeur d’Alene, North Idaho, or surrounding areas?  Call us to schedule a sewer scope!  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, 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

“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

 

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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When you open the lid to your toilet tank, is the water nice and clear like the one in the picture above?  OR is it bright blue from one of those drop-in, tank-type, or whateveryawannacall’em automatic bowl cleaners? If the answer is bright blue, consider this: I highly discourage the use of them, and here are several reasons why:  Over time, many of the chemicals in those tablets such as bleach and chlorine will damage the flapper, the fill valve, and all of those other little plastic and rubber components that are essential to providing trouble-free flushes.  The deterioration of such components may also lead to flooding and extensive water damage.  Many manufacturers warranties will also be void by the use of these tablet-style cleaners.  Additionally, if the water closet  (toilet) were to overflow due to a clog or a sewer back-up, the blue dye will stain and destroy everything in it’s path;  tile, granite, hardwood, carpet, or grout.  Likewise, your dog may be smart enough not to drink water that smells like chemicals… but why take the chance?

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

Even after spending several years video inspecting hundreds of sewer lines in North Idaho and Eastern Washington, rest assured… I’ve yet to come across anything like this in the Coeur d’Alene or Spokane areas. Watch this video of a so called “unknown life form” that was found in a North Carolina sewer.

Could there be something like this in your sewer line? As you can see with nearly 9 million hits, the video quickly went viral. Turns out there’s nothing extra terrestrial about it. The blob of gyrating nastiness is actually a clew or grovelling (group) of Tubifex Worms. If you care to learn more about them, you can learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tubifex_tubifex

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