Private Sewer Lateral Inspection required in Ventura

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As of February 1, 2014, there is a new Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance that will be enforced when a Ventura Home is sold.

This new Ordinance will require an inspection by a licensed plumber of the Private Sewer Lateral of a home that is for sale and any repair issues needed must be repaired prior to the closing of escrow.

The purpose of this ordinance is to keep ahead of potential failing Private Sewer Laterals.  If these are not inspected and maintained, these laterals can become blocked and then result in overflows of sewage.  Therefore, the establishment of regulations for Private Sewer Laterals is necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare by both preventing overflows from the private laterals and interference with the operation of the public sewer system.

Each Ventura Homeowner will be responsible at their own expense to inspect and maintain in good order the Private Sewer Lateral on their property. To see what portion that is here is the link to a good explanation from the city.

The City of Ventura may issue a written notice that a Private Sewer Lateral is required if they find that there is evidence defective or causing issues with the public sewer. A Ventura Homeowner would then have to have a licensed plumber inspect and do the necessary repairs.

If you are planning on selling your Ventura home, then you must inspect your Private Sewer Lateral. This is a requirement that must be met before a home can transfer to the new owner.  This inspection report must be given to the buyer and the City of Ventura prior to close of escrow.

No inspection will be necessary if the Ventura Homeowner can prove that an inspection was completed within the last 10 years or if the Private Sewer Lateral was built within the last 10 years.

If you are thinking of selling your Ventura Home in the not too distant future, please consider getting an inspection done on your Private Sewer Lateral now, just one less thing to do when you do sell. 

I can assist you in getting your home sold, just contact me.

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