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Buyer Protection - Get Inspected

 

Very few property owners are aware that they are responsible for the sewer line (sewer lateral) from the building to the city main. Broken, flat, bellied, offset, or root-infested sewer lines can cause sewage to back up into the house or commercial building leading to extensive property damage in the home or business. Sewer back-ups can cause thousands of dollars in property damage and loss of valuable operating time for businesses. Although insurance companies will usually pay for cleanup and restoration; repair or replacement of the line is typically excluded, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

 

Standard home inspections do not cover the structural integrity or condition of sewer or septic lines. Having a sewer or septic line inspection prior to purchasing a property is a proactive and innovative approach to make an educated buying decision, plan for upcoming maintenance, budget for necessary repairs, or gain valuable purchase price negotiation.

 

A private sewer lateral (PSL) is the pipe that connects a business or home’s plumbing system to the City’s wastewater collection main pipeline. The lateral is considered the “private” segment when it is located on private property and serves the purposes of an individual, privately-owned building. The property owner is responsible for entire pipe length, including the wye or saddle at the point of connection to the City's mainline.

 

City, County and private sanitary districts are responsible for the maintenance of the main pipelines that carry used water from homes and businesses and to protect public health and safety, these pipes are regularly inspected and repaired to maintain their integrity. With thousands of private sewer laterals in the City, property and owners are important partners in assuring that complete systems pipes are properly maintained.

Sewer Lateral Certification

Testing and Inspections

Various districts throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area are now requiring sewer lateral certifications prior to transfer of the title.

There are multiple ways of testing sewer laterals depending on your area and their requirement and/or code(s). Please contact our us ONLINE or by phone to get the specific information, on your situation.

No Guessing Let The Camera Be The Judge

This non-destructive method of assessing root and other damage allows us to find the exact location of the problem and fix it efficiently and with minimal digging.

Trenchless Sewer Replacement

Reasons To Consider the Trenchless Method

* No large trench across your yard

* Driveway remains intact

* Landscaping minimal damage

* Usually 2 small access holes

* Use of high quality HDPE pipe

* Less time to complete

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