Thursday, March 15, 2012

Office Presentations

Hi Folks,

I am available to give presentations at no charge to your real estate office about the Septic smart program. This is a busy time for listing properties. Don't risk having a closing postponed due to an issue with a Property Transfer Certificate!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Septic Inspection Process

Evaluate septic components inside the home:

We will determine whether all waste lines are properly discharging into approved waste systems. This part of the inspection also includes a flow test where dye tablets are introduced into the septic system. This test will simulate normal septic usage and enable inspectors to observe drainage.

Examine inside the treatment tank:

We open the tank, examine the inlet and outlet baffles and determine the volume of the treatment tank. The tank is then inspected for cracks, corrosion and leakage. In addition, we also check the waste levels inside the treatment tank. We use an infrared camera to aid in this process. The tank is then pumped during our inspection. The physical condition of the tank cannot be assessed below the waste level. Pumping the tank allows us to completely inspect the tank, so that the parts of the system can be evaluated under normal operating conditions. We will visually inspect the surface area of the absorption field to locate signs of system backups and probe underground to check for excessive moisture, odor, and/or effluent.

Comprehensive and Easy to Read Report:

Our inspection report provides the overall condition of the septic system and what problems may be present.The home owner or Legal Agent will need to sign the General Information Form. As a service to the agent or homeowner, we will turn in the inspection to the Boulder County Health Department.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What happens if I purchase a home that hasn't been inspected?

If you somehow managed to purchase a home that did not have the system inspected you will receive a letter from the Boulder County Health department alerting you that you are in violation of the regulation.

You will have to comply with the regulation AT YOUR EXPENSE. The letter will be sent to the buyer the seller and the involved Realtors but ultimately as the new home owner you are the one held responsible by the County.

This can be very costly if there are necessary repairs needed or you are dealing with a failing system.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

2012 Inspection Fees

Most inspections will accrue the Inspection of the Onsite Wastewater Sytem fee, the Boulder County Certificate Fee, and the cost of having the system pumped. The Fee's to the County and the pumper are paid directly to those entities. The listed fees do not include the cost of pumping which varies based on the size of the tank.

  • Inspection of an Onsite wastewater sysem: $375.00.

    Return visit fee: $85.00

  • Excavating fee: $85.00 per hour

  • Boulder County Certificate Fee: $50.00

Friday, February 10, 2012

Keys To Safe Operation Your Septic System

•PUMP your system every 2-4 years.

•KEEP records and receipts for all
services, repairs, maintenance and
inspections of your system.

•DISPOSE only of toilet tissue in your
toilets. No baby wipes or feminine

•PUT only edible food scraps
in your disposal. No coffee
grinds, egg shells, grease, etc.

•USE liquid detergents and
bath soaps that have fewer
sudsing agents than the
powder versions.

•PRACTICE water conservation.

•DIVERT roof drains and surface water
from driveways and hillsides away from
the septic system. Keep sump pumps and
house footing drains away from the septic

DON’T dispose of chemicals down your
drain. Take leftover hazardous household
chemicals to your approved hazardous
waste collection center for disposal. Use
bleach, disinfectants, drain and toilet bowl
cleaners sparingly.

DON’T think you need to buy additives
for your system. Your system is designed
to maintain proper function
with beneficial bacteria.

DON’T wa t e r, ins t a l l
s p r i n k l e r s y s t e m s o r
landscape other than specified
grasses over your leach field

DON’T drive, park, build or recreate on
your leach field.. This includes sledding
and snowmobiling.

DON’T make or allow repairs to your
system without the required permits.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Welcome to 2010

In honor of the New Year, I am offering a special of $299.00 through March! Take advantage of the savings and book your inspection at the time of listing.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Frequently asked Questions

How long does an inspection take?
Times will vary based on the complexity of each individual system. Generally the inspection takes from 3-4 hours.

Does the homeowner need to be present for the inspection?
While it is not required for the homeowner to be present, we will need access inside the home.

Are there standards for septic inspectors?
Boulder County has a list of approved inspectors that have been certified by the National Association of Wastewater Transporters(NAWT.) Inspectors on this list have completed a comprehensive, nationally accredited course in the inspection of onsite wastewater systems. They have demonstrated their competence by passing a rigorous exam; Inspector’s need to re-certify every two years. (from Boulder County’s septic smart)

Why should the tank be pumped at the time of inspection?
The physical condition of the tank cannot be assessed below the waste level. Pumping the tank allows us to completely inspect the tank. Having the tank pumped during our inspection
allows us to evaluate parts of the system under normal operating conditions. It is a Boulder County requirement that the tank be pumped during the inspection.

How long does it take to generate the Property Transfer Certificate?
It will take 7-14 days to receive your Property transfer Certificate from Boulder County. The permits are good for 4 years, although if you are a buyer of a new home needing septic repairs they would need to be completed within the one year timeline required by the county.