As of February 3, 2014, inspections of private sewer laterals are required prior to the close of escrow at the point of sale of a property in Ventura. If you are considering selling your property, it is strongly recommended that you have a plumber inspect your private sewer laterals before the opening of escrow.
Property owners are required to submit the Private Sewer Lateral Inspection Report to the City’s Building and Safety Division prior to the close of escrow and disclose the results of the inspection to all parties involved in the sale.
If corrective repairs are needed, the buyer and seller may agree on who will pay for and be responsible for making the repairs. The repairs should be generally made within six months of the sale or within normal building permit timelines.
Affordable Plumbing Pros offers the absolute best price to meet the requirements of the City of Ventura Mandatory Sewer Lateral Inspection Program. This price includes a DVD recording of the CCTV sewer lateral inspection, a written inspection report and, if needed, a written estimate for any potential repairs.
Many homeowners are uncertain of exactly what their home’s sewer lateral is. The common assumption is that they are only responsible for the sewer line running under their actual property. In most cases however, the sewer lateral extends beyond a homeowner’s actual property line and runs underneath the city “right of way” which can include the city sidewalk, green belt and even the city roadway. A private sewer lateral 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. Below is a basic diagram which illustrates how a typical sewer lateral runs under ground.
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