Well and Septic Systems in Summit County, Colorado
Breckenridge, Keystone, Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon, Copper Mountain
Septic and Well Inspections
Some of the mountain homes here in Summit County, Colorado have a private well and septic system. When procuring a home loan, many banks and lending institutions require well flow tests and septic inspections. When possible, these are inspected as part of my home inspection.
A well flow test consists of running the water for an hour ( not into the septic system ) and recording the pressure and gallons per minute. This is not a well recovery test and does not determine well production. Also, inspecting the tank and well equipment for rust, broken gauges, leaks etc. Pulling the well pump is expensive, something buyers, sellers and real estate people do not want to pay for. A septic inspection consists of pulling the tank lids to observe the effluent levels,
A septic inspection consists of pulling the tank lids to observe the effluent levels, condition of the baffles, and the amount of solids present on the surface. If the drain field has inspection ports, these are also inspected. Many older homes do not have inspection ports but the system is considered functional if effluent has not surfaced. Well and septic inspections are a snapshot in time, and there is no guarantee that these systems will not fail in the future.
Summit County, Colorado Onsite Water Treat Systems Regulation
Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS)
Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems in Summit County
Summit County's population has increased dramatically over the past 30 years, placing a growing demand on the county's infrastructures. Although public sewage treatment facilities serve the majority of Summit County residents, many others rely on onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS or septic systems). Such systems, if constructed and maintained properly, provide a reliable and efficient means of wastewater treatment and disposal at a relatively low cost.
Here are examples of pricing (subject to change) from Colorado Mountain Home Inspection LLC:
Colorado Mountain Home Inspection LLC
PO Box 453, Fairplay, Co.80440
Home Inspections in Park, Chaffee, Lake, Summit, Teller and El Paso counties
Well and Septic Inspection Prices
How to calculate your home inspection prices?
Well pressure and flow test, and septic inspection ( when possible and tank lids are exposed ) are included with the home inspection.
( PARK COUNTY SEPTIC INSPECTIONS FOR PROPERTY TRANSFER ARE NOT INCLUDED AND ARE PRICED SEPARATELY )
UP to 2,000 sqft $375.00
2,001 to 3,000sqft $415.00
3,001 to 4,000sqft $495.00
4,001 and up call for a quote......
RADON test 48 hr. $150.00 per test
Complete Water quality $150.00 per test
Mold: site visit and visual analysis $275.00
Lab test fees: $50.00 each.
permit search $50.00
Air pressure test of water pipes $50.00
Infrared scan of insulation and in floor heating
with home inspection: $100.00
Snowbridge Inc. is a family-owned and operated wastewater company. Founded in 1976, Snowbridge Inc. is owned and managed by Bill and Chris Tatro. We provide residential, commercial, industrial and municipal jetting and televising services, trenchless pipe lining and pipe bursting in Colorado and surrounding states as well as septic system installation in the Central Mountain Region. Our specialties include trenchless pipe repair, point repairs, commercial/industrial pipe & basin cleaning, vactor service, crawler camera video inspections, hydro and traditional excavating work.
We have served the septic drain cleaning, pipe repair, and plumbing repair needs of the central Rocky Mountain for over 40 years. With the addition of trenchless pipe repair and excavating services in 2004, Snowbridge has expanded to serve Colorado and surrounding states with trenchless repair needs.
We are proud members of NEHA (National Environmental Health Association), CPOW (Colorado Professionals in Onsite Wastewater), NOWRA (National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association), NAWT (National Association of Wastewater Technicians), and is an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau.
Our facility is located in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado. With the specialized work that we offer, we work in the entire state of Colorado and Colorado’s surrounding states.
Snowbridge Inc. is a family-owned and operated wastewater company. 1-800-426-6827
13097 Hwy 9, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Snowbridge Inc. provides Residential, Commercial, Industrial & Municipal pipe-line services for Colorado and surrounding states.
Commercial and Industrial Sewer Cleaning and Jetting
High Pressure Thawing
Video Line Inspection and Locating
Tractor Camera Services for Pipelines from 6″ to 60″
Pipe lining – 2″-8″ Cured in Place Pipe Lining for Sewers, Swimming Pools, Conduits, Etc.
Pipe bursting – Complete Pipe Replacement, Pipe Up-Sizing
Point Repairs – 1.5″- 36″ in diameter, with lengths from 18″ up to 1
Connection Lining – Lateral tap to main line connection. Repair cracks, Root and water infiltration.
Manhole/Vault Rehabilitation – structurally repair degrading manholes, vaults, lift stations etc. coating is impervious to Hydrogen Sulfide and other sewer gases. Eliminates ground water infiltration and roots.
Confined Space Work
Preventative Maintenance Programs
High Pressure Jet/Vac Services
Tractor Camera Services for Piping 6″ to 60″ up to 1100 ft in length
Hydro Excavating Services
The Water Quality Control Division (the Division) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulates the discharge of wastewater from all septic systems in Colorado with design capacities greater than 2,000 gallons per day. Under Regulation No. 61, Colorado Discharge Permit System Regulations, owners or operators of septic systems rated above 2,000 gallons per day are required to obtain a wastewater discharge permit from the WQCD. Discharge permit application forms are available for download at: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/wq/PermitsUnit/IandD/index.html.
This guidance document provides suggested practices for properly operating and maintaining septic systems in order to comply with typical requirements of a septic system discharge permit. The document is not all inclusive and should be used only as a guide in meeting the Division’s compliance expectations.
• Properly operate and manage the wastewater treatment system at no greater than its maximum treatment capacity. Ensure that average influent flow to the septic system, does not exceed system’s design “average daily flow.” Ensure the maximum daily flow does not exceed the system’s design “maximum daily flow.” Keep a logbook to demonstrate the average and maximum daily flows for each month of operation
. • Maintain a logbook to demonstrate proper operation and maintenance of all facilities and systems of treatment and control.
• Inspect the scum level and sludge level in each septic tank in order to know when the particular septic tank needs to be pumped. Know the distance from the bottom of the septic tank to the bottom of the outlet baffle in a single cell tank or to the bottom of the pass through opening in a divided septic tank. In a single cell septic tank: If the bottom of the scum mat is within three inches of the bottom of the outlet baffle, the scum is to be removed. If the distance from the bottom of the outlet baffle to the top of the sludge is 12 inches, the sludge is to be removed. In a divided septic tank that has a pass through opening, the scum is to be removed when the level is within 3 inches of the bottom of the opening. If pass through occurs via an “L” shaped pipe, scum is to be removed when the level is within three inches of the top of the tank. In a divided septic tank, if the distance from the bottom of the pass-through opening is 12 inches or less the sludge is to be pumped immediately.
• Do NOT wash out or disinfect the septic tank after removing the contents of the septic tank. It is recommended that a small residual of sludge be left in the tank for seeding purposes. The scum and sludge are to be removed and disposed of by applicable regulations of any state or federal agency having jurisdiction.
• If the treatment system has a grease trap, properly inspect and maintain the trap. Grease coming from a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Water Quality Control Division Page 2 of 3 kitchens in a restaurant or cafeteria is not allowed to flow directly into the septic tank. The discharge from a garbage disposal should not pass through a grease trap.
• In general, the addition of chemicals to a septic tank is not recommended. Small amounts of household chemicals are not considered harmful. Moderation is essential to avoid adverse impacts upon the septic tank sludge and upon the soil of the leach field.
• Do NOT send the flow from roof drains, foundation drains or other sources of drainage to the septic tank or the leach field.
• Avoid sending paper towels, newspaper, wrapping paper, rags and sticks to the septic tanks. Waste brines from household water softener units have no adverse effect on the action of the septic tank, but may cause a slight shortening of the life of a disposal field installed in clay type soil. If the permittee is not certain of the soil type, it is recommended the waste brine be disposed of in a different manner than flushing it into the septic system. Brine disposal must also be done in accordance with applicable federal, state and local requirements.
• Make every effort to prevent hazardous waste, toxic waste or septage from entering the wastewater treatment facility.
• Inspect leachfields on a regular basis. Determine the water level in “inspection pipes”. Record the depth of the water level in the pipes. If the water level rises in successive readings, it is suggestive that leachfield may not be draining as designed. Also, inspect for any seeps coming from the sides of the leach field or ponding on top of the filed. Should either situation occur, it is indicative that the leachfield has failed and repairs need to be initiated as quickly as possible. Maintain a log of the inspection dates and the name of the person performing inspection
. • Inspect manholes on a periodic basis to ensure that snowmelt and sheet flow from rainstorms is not flowing into the manhole. Maintain a log of the inspection dates and the name of the person performing inspection.
• If the facility has a lift station, perform an inspection on a routine basis of the lift station and the pumps contained therein. Maintain a log of any problems and repairs have been made, including a description of the repair, the date the repair(s) were made and the person or entity
that made the repair. • Calibrate the flow measuring device (and sensor) on an annual basis. Maintain a “report form” to present the results of the flow accuracy verification testing. The report form may be required to be submitted to the Division within twenty-eight days after accuracy testing/verification. It is suggested that the report form provide the date and name of the person(s) making the accuracy Check/Calculation for the influent/effluent flow meter. The report form is to contain the date and time of the test, the air and water temperatures, the method of measuring actual flow into/out of the facility, the amount of gallons measured by meter, plus a calculation or a computer print out demonstrating conformance to the “within 10% of actual flow” requirement. Perform a minimum of one annual on-site flow verification during one of the winter months, when the outside temperature is at or near freezing. During the next year, perform a minimum of one annual on-site flow verification during the summer months, when the temperature is near/above 90 degrees F. Maintain flow accuracy verification on alternating years and alternating seasons. • Maintain a log to document the description of any operational problems with the facility during the year, such as power outages, failures of mechanical components, overflows, flow meter problems, lagoon fences, etc. Include any preventive maintenance activities undertaken during the year such as removal of sludge from the cells, and repairs made to the facility. • Verify the elevation of measuring mark on the monitoring wells. The elevations are to be referenced to local benchmarks. The Division may request drawings illustrating the location and elevation of the bench mark(s) plus the elevation of the measuring mark on each of the monitoring wells be submitted after completion of the survey. The elevation of the measuring marks for each monitoring well should be re-surveyed on an annual Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Water Quality Control Division Page 3 of 3 basis or after any mishap/alteration that would result in an elevation change at the measuring mark. Include all of this information a logbook. • Proper and timely completion and submission of the Discharge Monitoring Reporting Forms (DMR) should be done on a monthly/quarterly basis, or as required in the permit. Keep a logbook with all required DMR forms required under the permit.