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Septic Inspections & Use Permits

With Clearwater Cleanup Company, you get honest and reliable septic system inspections for use permits and real estate transfers.

We offer several types of septic system reviews:

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Pumping the septic tank first allows us to do a thorough inspection.

Summit County Onsite Wastewater System (OWS) Use Permit Inspections

In Summit County, Colorado, before you can transfer property or do a major remodel, you will need to get a permit for the continued use of the septic system. Clearwater is an “Approved Use Permit Inspector”. We understand that permits are often needed “yesterday”, and we will do what we can to streamline and expedite the pumping and inspection process.

Steps in obtaining an OWS Use Permit inspection:

  1. The owner or owner’s legal agent fills out Section I of the Use Permit Inspection Report
  2. The septic tank(s) must be located and ALL the lids must be exposed.
  3. We will pump and clean the septic tank and any dosing chamber so the components can be easily seen.
  4. Our inspector will inspect the septic system and fill out the remainder of the report.
  5. We will deliver the report to Summit County Environmental Health (SCEH), along with the permit fee.
  6. SCEH will review the report and issue or deny the permit. They will send the permit directly to the Applicant.

Most delays occur in step 2. If the owner or owner’s agent can find the septic tank, verify the number of lids and have them ALL exposed (visible, but not opened), it will save time and money. If you prefer, Clearwater can locate and dig up the lids, but this will incur additional charges.

For the most current and detailed information, visit the "OWS Use Permit" page on the Summit County Environmental Health.

Summit County and Park County Cleaning Reports

Every time we pump a septic tank in Summit County we fill out the required Summit County Systems Cleaners Reporting Form. We fill out Park County’s required form, the Park County ISDS Cleaning Record and Checklist, whenever we pump there. Both counties use the reports to track the maintenance and condition of local septic systems. This is done to protect the health of the homeowner, the neighbors and the environment

These reports represent what a driver sees while he is pumping the septic tank. Our drivers clean the tank components with every pumping, and they strive to completely and accurately fill out these required forms. We keep a copy for our records, a copy goes to the homeowner and a copy goes to the County.

These reports are a quick check-up of the system, but they do not include evaluation of the leach or drain field. Potential buyers are advised to get a more complete inspection of the septic system, such as the NAWT Inspection.

Cleaning Reports for Other Counties

Other counties in the Colorado high country, such as Eagle, Lake, Grand and Clear Creek, do not have a required form. However, we would be happy to fill out a report for your own information. These reports are a quick check-up of the system, but they do not include evaluation of the leach or drain field. Potential buyers are advised to get a more complete inspection of the septic system, such as the NAWT Inspection

National Association of Wastewater Transporter (NAWT) Inspection

Before purchasing a property with a septic tank, it is wise to have the system inspected. A damaged or failed septic system reduces the value of a property, and can affect your family’s health and quality of living.

NAWT sets the highest standard for septic system inspections. Clearwater is a member of NAWT, and has a NAWT-certified inspector on staff.

This inspection includes an extensive examination of the septic tank and leach field or drain field. We recommend having Clearwater perform a NAWT inspection before purchasing a property with a septic system.

If an inspection turns up problems, Clearwater can quickly provide most repairs. Any repairs would be quoted separately. There is no obligation to choose Clearwater for the repairs.