Posts Tagged ‘spring’

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

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Before you buy a property …
Get to know what’s underground

  • Sewer laterals are the pipe that connects a building’s plumbing to the city-maintained sanitary sewer main. The sewer main carries wastewater from your lateral to the city’s treatment facilities.
  • In most cities, property owners are responsible for repair and maintenance of their private sewer laterals (the sewer line between the house and the street) – City of Coeur d’Alene – (13.12.037: RESPONSIBILITY FOR INDIVIDUAL SEWER LATERALS:  The lot owner is responsible for maintenance and replacement as necessary for the private sewer lateral that connects a dwelling or business to the connection (TEE) at the public sewer main including any necessary maintenance and/or replacement within the public rights of way and public utility easements. Any work within the public rights of way or public utility easements must be approved by the city engineer or his/her designee prior to the commencement of work. (Ord. 3097 §8, 2003)  
  • Residential and commercial buildings constructed prior to 1980 are likely to have laterals made of clay or bituminous fiber (tar paper, aka Orangeburg) pipes. These can crack, break, collapse, shift out of place, and be subject to root intrusions or low spots causing leakage or blockage in the pipe.
  • When your sewer lateral has a blockage, sewage from your home can back-up in your pipes and surface through your sinks, toilets, bathtubs and other building drains, causing serious health issues and a potentially expensive mess. Sewer lateral blockages are typically caused by failures in the pipe. Failures can be easily detected by a simple video inspection of the lateral before they cause a serious problem.
  • Rainwater and groundwater that gets into the sanitary sewer system from leaky sewer laterals, and roof and foundation drains can cause overflows of untreated or partially treated wastewater (sewage or effluent) into streets, homes, businesses and local lakes, rivers, streams, and the aquifer. This rainwater and groundwater should be directed to the public storm water system.
  • Just as rainwater or groundwater can leak into a sewer lateral, sewage can also leak out of the sewer lateral polluting our lakes, streams, and aquifer, becoming a public health hazard.
  • If you know the condition of your property’s sewer lateral; you can better prepare for repair, replacement, or maintenance, make a more educated buying decision, or gain valuable negotiation room in a purchase contract, or simply gain peace of mind.

 

Do your part to avoid these

problems and prevent pollution

of our lakes, streams, and

aquifer…


Steps you can take

  • Ask the current property owner if they have had any issues with slow draining plumbing fixtures, toilets, sewage backups, or have ever performed any inspections or repairs.
  • Look for clues as to whether a back-up has occurred in the past.
  • Look for stains or water marks around basement floor drains
  • Look for plastic caps on cast iron clean outs
  • Look for stickers from rooter companies around the house
  • Look for damage to sidewalks and driveways from trees
  • Look for darker patches or discolored grass, or places that appear to have been excavated
  • Look for damage to sidewalks from tree roots
  • Hire an unbiased sewer lateral inspection company to perform a video inspection of the sewer lateral

 

But Can I afford a sewer

inspection?

The truth is… you can’t afford NOT to!



Sewer lateral repairs or replacement can be extremely expensive averaging $5,000 to $15,000. 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 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 the warranty expires may save you thousands of dollars in repairs or maintenance.

 

 

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

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!
dig for beer
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.

sewer in street

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.

trees by sewer

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