Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some common questions asked by our students and customers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Inspector Training School

Our classroom is located in Lacey, WA. We are conveniently located along the I-5 corridor in between Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR.

Absolutely! We have many excellent hospitality options nearby including hotels & Airbnb locations. We welcome our students from all parts of Washington State and the neighboring regions.

Yes, for details call (360) 485-7123 and ask for Trevor Rice.

Yes, we offer financing through PayPal Credit. This is only available when registering for the course online.

Trevor Rice and Steven Abbott instruct this course. Both are licensed home and structural pest inspectors, and both actively work in the industry.

Visit our Fundamentals of Home Inspection registration page and follow the steps to register online or call our team at (360) 485-7123 to register over the phone.

This 120-hour course will prepare you to pass the Washington State Home Inspector Exam, and teach the fundamental skills of performing a home inspection and writing a professional report. You will also learn valuable skills on how to promote your business once you receive your license. An optional 40-hours of field training is available as an addition to the curriculum.​

Yes, we do offer field training only for $1500.00. Call us today at (360) 485-7123 to reserve your spot in our field training class.

Our Fundamentals of Home Inspection course is an intensive three-week program concentrating the full 120-hours of mandatory classroom training into 17-days:

Week 1 (6 Days): Monday through Saturday, from 8:00am – 5:00pm
Week 2 (6 Days): Monday through Saturday, from 8:00am – 5:00pm
Week 3 (5 Days): Monday through Friday, from 8:00am – 5:00pm

Side Sewer Inspections

Side sewer pipe made of clay or concrete can crack, shift out of place, and/or be subjected to intrusion by roots, resulting in leakage and blockage. In addition, some side sewers lack the right kind of cleanouts, which provides access for clearing blockages.

You should have your side sewer inspected regularly. When your side sewer pipe fails and causes a blockage, sewage from your home can back up in your pipes and surface through your sinks, toilets, bathtubs and other building drains, causing a health issue as well as a potentially expensive mess. Potential failures can be easily detected by a simple inspection before they cause a serious problem.
To find the location of a home or business’s side sewer, check building plans, ask the previous owner, or look for cleanouts in the yard or landscaping. You can also contact the City to see if there are any permit records for your property that show the location of the side sewer.
Maintenance of side sewers, from the building to the City main, is the responsibility of the private property owner. The City’s responsibility is the maintenance of the sewer main, including the tees, wyes and risers at the main.
Yes. Side sewer repairs or replacements can average $5,000 to $10,000. Costs will be greatly impacted by the number of surface improvements, such as street or driveway pavements, sidewalks, retaining walls or extensive landscaping that need to be rebuilt and also by the depth of the side sewer.
If a property’s side sewer problem gets to the point where sewage won’t flow at all and backs up into a building, yard or elsewhere outside the plumbing system, it is considered a Sanitary Sewer Overflow, which is illegal and a health hazard. If this happens, the City notifies the property owner and gives a fixed amount of time to make repairs. In the event that repairs aren’t made in the time provided, the property owner may face fines or water shut-off by the health department.
You are not required to make immediate repairs, but are encouraged to plan for repair or replacement as appropriate. A side sewer with cracks or breaks can more easily become blocked by dirt, rocks or roots. A blocked side sewer line can back sewage up into a building and potentially cause property damage. Being aware of the condition of your side sewer means you can be proactive with planned repair and maintenance rather than being surprised with a big mess and a hefty repair bill.
Frequently Asked Questions