Some interesting water facts:
Did you know that a toilet that continues to run after flushed wastes enough water to fill an olympic sized swimming pool in a year !!!
Did you know that Canada has the largest fresh water reserves than anywhere else in the world.
Did you know that future generations will look back on us and wonder why:
We used water to wash our sidewalks
We used outdated toilets that use 5 gallons of water just to flush a pee
In Sub Sahara Africa some villages will receive 1 litre of water per day.
North Americans consume approximately 150 Litres per day per person
WATER: our most precious resource and yet its FREE.
ASK THE EXPERT
Sewer pre sale
inspection is money very well spent
Special to The Seattle Times
Q: Someone suggested having the sewer "scoped" on a home I am purchasing, in addition to the many other fees and inspections I am paying for already, so I am hesitant. I have never heard of this. The house was built in the late '40s. Is this really necessary, and is it cost-effective?
A: This type of inspection is gaining in popularity for potential home buyers, but the vast majority of them still do not have this work done, many with the same reservations as yourself. Is it worth it? Personally, I think it is very cheap insurance.
Within the past few years, all homeowners-insurance carriers (except for one) have eliminated the sewer line from coverage, exposing owners and buyers to greater liabilities.
In a typical sewer, the building "owns" the sewer line all the way to the tap in the street. This means a repair can involve not only digging up the yard, , but also the sidewalk and half the street, along with the ensuing municipal permits and inspections. In some cases, municipal crews are the only ones able to perform the street or sidewalk repair, increasing expenses. A $20,000 repair is not unheard of, and costs can exceed this quite often.
Obviously, a home inspector cannot see the buried sewer line, and running the water and flushing the toilet do not test the line adequately. Technology has gotten to the point where many larger plumbing companies and independent contractors have bought cameras that can be submerged into the sewer for a complete inspection.
One of those is PIPESCOPE SERVICES of Victoria, British Columbia, owner Paul Gordon an independent sewer contractor and inspector. He said a pre-sale inspection is generally $250, with the images depicted on a color television monitor. Videotape and a limited written analysis are included. Root growth is the most common problem "Gordie" finds, although broken, disconnected and crushed pipes are routinely encountered (the latter seen in newer homes built with plastic sewer lines) Trees are amazingly strong in nature and once they find a source for water (sewer pipes and perimeter drains) they can literally move your home off its foundation
A remote locator can find the exact spot where the pipe defect occurs, allowing offending plants to be identified and removed, or repair, or a worst case scenario: "let the excavation commence"