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Sewer Backwater Validation
updated: Feb 28, 2014, 2:36 PM

I recently purchased a home in Santa Barbara, and was required to make some alterations to the property as a result of the ZIR process. One of the requirements for all people under ZIR enforcement is that they provide evidence of a Sewer Backwater Device, or proof that one is not necessary (not the case with me). While I believe a sewer backwater device is in place, I have no way of providing evidence to the City, as I do not have the proper camera equipment. Can anyone recommend a reasonable service that will validate whether or not my home has a sewer backwater device; without having too to dig up my yard?


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 D8VANILLA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 02:47 PM

Not sure, but I believe that would be at the main sewer line access point. On our property, it's near the front of the property. I'm sure any plumber could tell you if there is one already in place. It's the round, about 6" diameter, plastic cap that covers the main sewer line access point. We had a plumber install the backflow on that.

 

 COMMENT 498848 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:15 PM

Are you talking about a backflow device to prevent the sewer from backing up into your house if the mainline is obstructed?

Isn't this one of the things that are legally nonconforming, unless the previous owner did some work on the sewer line and had to bring it up to code at that time?

I guess you got a break on the house price if you accepted the responsibility to do this work instead of having the previous owner do it before the sale?

 

 COMMENT 498852 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:18 PM

A backflow device should be visible connected to a sewer lateral at the lowest point of your property instead of a clean out.

 

 COMMENT 498853 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:23 PM

"Low Cost Plumbing" is the only plumbing service we would use. It's not a misnomer and though I believe that, generally, you get what you pay for that doesn't hold true for this group. With LCP you get excellent, quality work for very low cost. Two neighbors had used them and recommended them when we had a major plumbing issue. If you need a plumber for your concern, their number is: (805) 475-4030

 

 COMMENT 498856 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:25 PM

The city should have your backflow device information if you have one, they are connected to the address. They send you the forms when you need to get it inspected with its serial # ect. Just call the city water department and they can look it up easily with your address and tell you if you have one.

 

 COMMENT 498861 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:37 PM

Sorry but "sewer" back flow devices do not have serial numbers. Nor is a permit required for certain installations.

 

 COMMENT 498863 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:39 PM

you can have a sewer co camera your line to find out. it's cheaper than digging anything up.

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 04:57 PM

Second Low Cost Plumbing. Sergio is great and has the equipment. Many plumbers in town call him when then need trenchless lines or camera work. Been using him for years.

 

 COMMENT 498950P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 07:21 PM

Sergio's employees on numerous occasions givePlumbers a bad name by doing unethical things (ripping off customers)

 

 COMMENT 498955 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 07:53 PM

You do need a permit to install a backwater valve. Any plumbing work needs a permit even when you change your toilet you need a permit.

 

 COMMENT 498990P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 10:28 PM

Third vote for Sergio and Low Cost Plumbing. They replaced our sewer lateral several years ago and were excellent in every way, including courteous to our neighbors when they (plumbers) had to cut into the street to access the main. Permit/inspection process went smoothly.

 

 COMMENT 499017 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-01 08:24 AM

IT SHOULD BE JUST OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE ALONG THE LINE FROM THE HOUSE TO THE SEWER CONNECTION IN THE STREET. THE VALVE SHOULD BE VISIBLE AT GROUND OR JUST ABOVE GROUND LEVEL. IT'S PURPOSE IS TO STOP A SURGE IN SEWAGE FROM COMING BACK UP THE LINE AND ENTERING THE HOUSE BACKING UP PLUMBING FIXTURES INSIDE OF THE HOUSE AND, OBVIOUSLY, CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.

 

 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-01 10:18 AM

Why would anyone need or get a permit to change a toilet! It is possibly understandable that a permit might be needed to change a hot water heater, as I have heard the city demands, though that is stretching things, but plug out and in toilet installation with no issues as to safety is pretty absurd. A quick Google search doesn't give an answer, does anyone know from experience?

 

 COMMENT 499782 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-04 10:40 AM

Because the City needs revenue to pay for their employees that do the permit review. It's a vicious cycle instead of a virtuous one.

Now that the economy has slowed, the inspectors are flagging all kinds of violations as shown by that poor lady that had to pay 50K to fix stuff that the last inspection said was ok in 1998. It was on EdHat recently.

A new state law says that if you do any kind of work on your house they can come in and look for CO detectors and also check to see that you have low flow fixtures and toilets.

Big brother is watching YOU!

 

 

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