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Ferguson Cottage BUILDING AND SEPTIC INSPECTION REPORT

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SEPTIC SYSTEM REPORT

Septic system information as per the Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit permit no. cp-64-82
Documentaion re: Leeds Grenville & Lanark Hea

Pump-Outs

Over the years, the septic system has been pumped out by Ron's Pumping. Although the tank was pumped out in 2011 as a bulk project put together by one of the neighbours as a group of cottagers all pumping out at the same time. The system was pumped out on August 3, 2012 (less than a year later)  to make viewing the inside of the septic tank possible. Again, Ron's Pumping did the pump-out. Below is a copy of Ron's invoice for the work done on August 3, 2012.
Ron's pumping Invoice # 19912

Septic "Sketch"

Here is a "sketch" outlining the basic layout of the septic system.
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Here is an Adobe Acrobat File (pdf) of Septic system "sketch"

FINDINGS FOR SEPTIC SYSTEM

TEST PIT # 1

  • PIPING FOR TEST PIT #1 IS INTACT AND THE TEST PIT SHOWS GRAVEL ALL AROUND THE PIPE. SOME SAND MIXED IN WITH THE GRAVEL. APPEARS TO HAVE VERY GOOD DRAINAGE.
Photographs for Test Pit #1
Test Pit # 1 Test Pit # 1

TEST PIT # 2

  • PIPING FOR TEST PIT #2 IS INTACT AND THE TEST PIT SHOWS GRAVEL ALL AROUND THE PIPE. SOME SAND MIXED IN WITH THE GRAVEL. APPEARS TO HAVE VERY GOOD DRAINAGE. SOME ROCKS WERE FOUND IN THE TEST PIT; HOWEVER, THEY WERE WELL OFF TO THE SIDE AND AWAY FROM THE PIPING.
Test Pit # 2 Test Pit # 2

Overall Impression of Septic System

  1. GENERAL IMPRESSION OF TEST PITS ARE THAT THE SEPTIC FIELD WAS PROPERLY INSTALLED (AS PER THE LEEDS GRENVILLE & LANARK DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT'S PERMIT NUMBER CP-64-82)
  2. RISERS AND ACCESS LIDS ARE WELL BUILT AND MAKE ACCESS VERY EASY FOR MAINTENANCE OR TANK PUMP OUT.
  3. ACCESS WELLS HAVE TWO LAYERS OF 2" STYROFOAM SM INSTALLED TO INSULATE LIDS/TANK.
  4. SEPTIC TANK WAS PUMPED OUT IN 2011 AND AGAIN ON AUGUST 3, 2012 BY RON'S PUMPING (INVOICE NO. 19912)
  5. SEPTIC TANK IS VERY ACCESSIBLE.
  6. MINIMUM DISTANCE OF 1.5 METRES BETWEEN HOUSE AND SEPTIC TANK IS RESPECTED.
  7. SEPTIC TANK IS BURIED APPROXIMATELY A FOOT BELOW GRADE.
  8. SEPTIC TANK IS CONCRETE.
  9. EACH CHAMBER (PRIMARY AND SECONDARY) HAS ITS OWN LID.
  10. TANK CAPACITY IS 3600 LITERS.
  11. TANK PARTITION IS IN EXCELLENT SHAPE AND BAFFLE PORTS ARE FREE AND CLEAR OF ANY DELETERIOUS MATERIAL.
  12. THERE IS NO SEWAGE BREAK-OUT TO THE SURFACE IN THE SEPTIC BED AREA.
  13. SIX RUNS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BY PROBING.
  14. EACH RUN IS APPROXIMATELY 40' (12 METRES).
  15. TEST PIT # 1 WAS FILLED APPROXIMATELY HALF-WAY WITH WATER FROM A 1" DIAMETER HOSE AND IT DRAINED QUICKLY.

Tank Images and Findings


Inlet side, showing pumped out tank. Riser boxes are
visible in the photograph (these will save a lot of digging).
Riser boxes were professionally constructed in 2011 and
are made out of rot-resistant Pressure Treated Lumber.

Unused inlet showing grout/concrete seal
Unused inlet in primary chamber, showing grout/concrete seal.
The seal is intact and in working order.

Secondary Chamber, showing baffels and ports
Secondary chamber, showing "T" outlet, partition wall
and baffle ports as clean and free from deleterious material.

Close-up of baffel and ports
Close-up of baffle ports. Ports are clean and free of any
deleterious material.

WATER POTABILITY TEST RESULTS

Here are some of the water tests that have been done. The results show that the water quality is excellent.

May 19, 2001

Pot. 1

May 21, 2002

Pot. 2


BUILDING INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Item/

Component

 

Okay

 Not

Okay

 Not

Applicable

 EXTERIOR
  
 Cladding: wood/wood compositeX
  
 Ground Cover: grass (dormant because of local drought, but vibrant near lake), river stone near dwelling
X   
 Walkway: concrete pavers
X   
 Driveway: gravel
X   
 Deck: cedar with railings and stairs, two levels. Power washed June 2012. Includes four Adirondack chairs
X   
 Gutters and downspouts are in working order. Will require seasonal clean out in the fall.
X
  
 Exterior lighting
X
  
 Windows: many upgraded to thermal pane units. Some single pane sliders. Repainted June 2012
X  
 Roof: New shingles 2010
 Image #1
 Image #2
 Image #3
X  
 Chimney: stainless steel c/w chimney cap, attick pass-through is framed and chimney has a roof collar
X  
 Flashing: appears intact and in working order
X  
 Vents: appear intact and in working order. Building code calls for 1/300 of the roof area to be vented.
 Image #1
 Image #2
 Image #3
X  
 ENTRY   
 Entry Door: steel door c/w lock-set and deadbolt
X  
 Screens

 X
 Weather stripping on entry door is intact and in working order
X  
 Entry Door Frame: intact and in working order
X  
 Entry Door Hardware (hinges, locks): intact and in working order
X  
 Mailbox  X
 ENTRANCE AREA
   
 Door Step: exterior steps down to level entry area, no step at doorway
X  
 Walls: tongue-and-groove (T&G) pine
X  
 Floor: vinyl
X  
 Trim: Pine
X  
 Closets (3): two clothing and one utility containing water softener and DHW tank
X  
 Electrical: Sub-panel in second closet. Outlets for dryer and washer in this area
X  
 Window: next to door, secured with security bar; second window opposite laundry equipment
X  
 Thermostat: wall mounted
X  
 Laundry in this area: washer, dryer, laundry sink
X
  
 KITCHEN   
 Ceiling: drywall
X
  
 Walls: T&G pine
X  
 Floors: hardwood flooring
X  
 Trim: Pine
X
  
 Wall Cabinets: Oak c/w Euro-style hardware, including built-in china cabinet c/w glass doors
X  
 Counter: Two burns on counter, but other wise intact and in good working order
X  
 Back Splash: Full-height ceramic tile (brick look)
X  
 Lower Cabinets: same style as upper cabinets. In excellent condition
X  
 Sink: Stainless Steel
X  
 Electrical: Multiple wall outlets, separate microwave, Stove, Dishwasher, Fridge
X  
 Refrigerator in good working order
X  
 Stove in good working orderX  
 Exhaust Fan in good working orderX  
 Window: Casement
X  
 Other: small fire extinguisher and smoke detector
X  
 LIVING ROOM/ DINING AREA
   
 Walls: T&G Pine
X  
 Floor: Hardwood
X  
 Trim: Pine
X  
 Ceiling: Drywall
X  
 Cable/Phone Jacks: Satellite and analogue TV antenna, cordless phone base station on wall jack
X  
 Themostat: wall mounted
X  
 Heaters: below windows
X
  
 Back Door (2): Wooden door to deck off dining area c/w lockset and deadbolt, sliding patio door of living area to
 screened-in porch
X  
 Electrical: multiple 110/120 volt receptacles
X  
 Wood Stove: Fisher wood stove. Non-UL era stove. In good working order. c/w safety rail/guard by hallway
X  
 Other: Sunken Living room with walk out patio door to screened-in porch, ceiling fan c/w light
 Image #2
X  
 BATHROOM (MAIN FLOOR)
   
 Door, lock
X  
 Walls: T&G Pine
X  
 Floor: Vinyl
X  
 Trim: Pine
X  
 Cabinet: Maple or Birch solid wood doors
X  
 Sink in good working order
X  
 Toilet in good working orderX  
 Toilet Paper Holder
X  
 Towel Bars
X  
 Grab Bars
X  
 Electrical: 110/120 volt receptacles GFI at sink area
X  
 Thermostat: wall mounted
X  
 Tub: Combination Tub and Shower, very clean and in working order
X  
 BATHROOM (SECOND FLOOR)   
 Door, lockX  
 Walls: T&G PineX  
 Floor: vinyl X  
 Trim: PineX  
 Cabinet: Maple or Birch solid wood doorsX  
 Sink in good working orderX  
 Toilet in good working orderX  
 Toilet Paper HolderX  
 Towel Bars: one at sink, one on wall under window, one on wall near whirlpool tub
X  
 Grab BarsX  
 Electrical: 110/120 volt receptacles GFI at sink area
X  
 Thermostat: wall mountedX  
 Tub: deck mounted whirlpool tub
X  
 Other: Knee wall storage area
 Image #2
   
 HALLWAYS
X  
 Walls: T&G Pine
X  
 Floors and Stairs: Hardwood
X  
 Trim: Pine
X  
 Railings: Alongside stairs
X  
 Electrical: hallway is only the length of a door.

 X
 MASTER BEDROOM
  
 Door: No doorway, bedroom is at top of stairway, no other occupancy on this level
X  
 Walls: T&G Pine
X  
 Floor: hardwood
X  
 Trim: Pine
X  
 Closet: Walk-in c/w light
X  
 Window/lock/screen. Window on left is fixed casement. Window on right is operating casement.
X  
 Electrical: 110/120 volt receptaclesX  
 Thermostat: wall mounted
X  
 Other: Door and walk-out balcony, ceiling fan, knee-wall storage area, smoke detector
X  
 BEDROOM TWO
X  
 Door: solid pine
X  
 Walls: T&G PineX  
 Floor: hardwoodX  
 Trim: PineX  
 Closet: solid pine door 2 rows of wire shelving
X
  
 Window/lock/screenX  
 Electrical: 110/120 volt receptaclesX  
 Thermostat: wall mountedX  
 BEDROOM THREE
   
 Door: solid pine
X  
 Walls: T&G PineX  
 Floor: hardwoodX  
 Trim: PineX  
 Closet: solid pine door, small walk-in c/w dressing mirror and two rows of wire shelving
X  
 Window/lock/screenX
  
 Electrical: 110/120 volt receptaclesX  
 Thermostat: wall mountedX  
 Other: sunken bedroom, single step down
X  
 GENERAL

  
 Plumbing: intact and in good working orderX  
 Electrical: intact and in good working order, c/w sub-panel in front entry and power to the three-car garage
X
  
 Heating: intact and in good working orderX  
 Framing: intact and in good working orderX  
 Foundation System: intact and in good working orderX  
 Building Civic Address clearly visible? (easily seen at lane-way entrance off Snye Road)
X  
 Fire Hall is located 1.2km away at 1376 Snye RoadX  
 Building appears to be in good repair?
X  
 Is dwelling free from any signs of vandalism?
X  
 Are exterior walls free from cracks or other damage?
X  
 Are windows free from cracks or broken panes?
X  
 Has vegetation been cut back from building? Some tree branches touch on West side.
X  
 Are all electrical panels cool to touch?
X  
 Are electrical panels free from evidence of burning/scorching?
X  
 Are electrical switches and receptacles in working order?
X  
 Insulation - Attic: fully insulated with approximately R-40 Batt insulation (two layers of R-20 Batts)
X  
 Insulation - Crawl Space: Perimeter Insulation (See notes below explaining perimeter insulation requirements)
X  
 Insulation - Walls: walls are fully insulated with batt insulation
X  
 OUT-BUILDINGS
  
 Triple car garage, new shingles 2010, 3 overhead doors and one man-door, torsion bar operators with well greased springs and solid pulleys in excellent working order, all with locks. First
 overhead door lock is stiff. Slab has several non-critical cracks and some surface spalling.
Image #1
Image #2
X  
 Small steel shed by lake. This structure is serviceable. Doors do not slide properly in tracks.
X  

Crawl-Space Insulation

There are numerous methods to insulating a crawl space. Depending upon the use of the crawl space, the method of insulating will vary. This crawl space serves as the location for much of the mechanical equipment required for the supply and discharge of water for this particular dwelling. Thus, the insulation for the crawl space in this application is what is called "Perimeter Insulation". This means that insulation is installed around the perimeter of the crawl space, effectively insulating it from the "outside" temperature. this prevents the water lines (both supply lines and drain lines) from freezing. Additionally, there is insulation between the floor joists under the living room/dining room area of the structure.


In the first image, I've pulled some of the black plastic down to allow a clear view of the perimeter insulation. This appears to be approximately R-20 Batt insulation. You can see some
of the insulation between the floor joists being held in place by some expanded metal (see image 3: close-up) to prevent rodents from making a home in the insulation.
You can see my foot at the crawlspace entrance door in the first image!
The second photograph shows more of the perimeter insulation.
The third image is a close up of the insulation between the floor joists, protected by the expanded metal.




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