All inspections are a subjective and visual inspection only, the conclusions of which are based on the observed condition of the system components that could reasonably be accessed, and information known about the system at the time this report was completed. There may be unknown historical problems or conditions which may compromise the conclusions stated in this report. Our responsibility is limited to the customer to whom the Report is addressed (the “Customer”) and to that Customer only. We disclaim all responsibility and will accept no liability to any other party, including the property owner. The provided Report, even if such Report contains acceptable, passing or otherwise positive conclusions, does not warrant or guarantee continued functionality, flow, condition or operation of the systems inspected or tested. Payment and/or use of this evaluation signifies the Customer’s understanding and acceptance of the terms hereof, the limitations herein, as well as any noted faults with the system or component inspected. In addition to the general disclaimers provided above, and below, the following services are subject to the specific terms and limitations set forth below:
Well Yield Test
Occasionally, without any fault of the inspector, the well pump may fail during the testing process. Mechanical failure of the well pump may lead to water being temporarily unavailable in the home. Corrosion may cause a hose bib or water valve to be broken during inspection. Leaks in water lines may be uncovered (for example in a vacant property where water has been shut off). These mechanical failures occur most often due the well pump, hose bibs, or water lines reaching the end of their respective expected life. HLE shall not be liable to the customer or the owner for any such failure. Mechanical failures are not warrantied and can occur at any time. We do look to notice any obvious defects in the mechanics but this is not a mechanical Inspection; more so a stress test as we test the well’s yield and/or well capacity. Sediment may be visible during a well yield and could potentially clog aerators afterwards. It is recommended that all fixtures and sediment filters be checked and cleaned if necessary, by the home owner upon completion of a well yield to ensure maximum possible water pressure.Home Land Environmental is not responsible for sediment that may be trapped in filters or fixtures or the residual occurrence of sediment after a well yield is completed.
Payment or any portion thereof will not be refunded once a water sample is taken. Results are returned to the Customer when at the reasonable discretion of the lab and turnaround time is not guaranteed. If the lead instructions are not followed a $75 fee will be assessed if a return trip is needed to accurately collect the lead sample. Functionality of onsite water conditioning systems will not be inspected during a well yield or water quality test. A visual inspection will be performed of the well casing if when possible. Voids or damage to the casing may be hidden due to grass or other items blocking the view of the inspector.
A $100 fee will be assessed per foot for any additional digging over the included amount with both the camera and regular septic evaluation. Improperly placed or unmarked utility or irrigation lines may be damaged. We ask that owners disclose non-permitted underground lines or wires. Gardens, and tree roots may be disturbed if they are located in close proximity to either the tank or the absorption system. Components of the tank such as the lid or baffle may be broken during the inspection. The hydraulic load test could cause a backup in the system if it has been poorly maintained. If a regular Septic Evaluation is ordered HLE will not be responsible for omissions due to not ordering a more thorough Camera Septic Inspection. At the time a Camera Septic Inspection is ordered, Miss Utility will be contacted to mark the rounds at the property. HLE will dig by hand to observe the back end of the septic tank and the distribution box of the system. If the system does not have access at grade for these components, we will provide our best efforts to diminish any disturbances to the areas above these locations. If the camera cannot gain access to either the septic tank nor distribution box the inspection will be completed to the best of our ability. Depth of tank components, structures on the property, landscaping features, and soil variations could all obstruct access. In this event, the inspection fee will be adjusted to reflect a $100 discount from the price that was originally quoted, except in the case that the camera inspection was part of the “Healthy Homes Package” or “Coastal Plains Package.” No further discount will be applied to package pricing. Please note that pricing differs by county. If the septic tank cannot be accessed, and there is no reasonable access to the tank, the tank will be labeled unacceptable, and a manhole riser will be required before the system can go through one free, follow-up inspection and be labeled as “Acceptable”. In this instance, if the camera is used to locate the septic tank the full price will be collected, an ‘Unacceptable’ mark will be given on our report and HLE will provide a free evaluation once a manhole riser is installed. Depending on the access installed, HLE may still not be able to utilize the camera at the free re-inspection. If there is no access and a request is made to remove a toilet a $125 charge will be added to the inspection fee. Every effort will be made to replace the toilet to its original condition.Complications such as a broken flange are not the responsibility of HLE as they may occur from the normal removal and reinstallation of the toilet. The scale drawing provided does not reference property lines. Our inspectors are not surveyors and therefore all measurements are relative to structures on the property and septic components. Cracks may occur to either the tank or distribution box lid at the time of inspection.
Please be advised that high water table conditions cannot be predicted nor tested and may cause a holding tank to leak during the wet season. HLE’s Holding Tank inspection is not a guarantee that the system will be water tight with rising water tables. Water tightness will be evaluated, but high-water tables during the wet season may in rare cases expose a Holding Tank System to ground water infiltration. The result is the owner must pay for the groundwater that enters the Holding Tank system to be pumped out and properly disposed which can be extremely costly. Our inspection is a visual inspection only and not a leak test of the system. Homeowner disclosures should be relied on as well as contacting the system installer for any warranties or maintenance records for the system.
Inspection is limited to what is visible by the camera. If there is no access cap $125 will be added to remove a toilet for access. Every effort will be made to replace the toilet to its original condition. Complications such as a broken flange are not the responsibility of HLE as they may occur from the normal removal and reinstallation of the toilet. No discount will be given if toilet removal is refused.
A non-interference agreement is requested but not required. Non-compliance of the terms of that agreement may compromise test results. Seasonal changes and weather conditions may have an effect on test results. Home Land Environmental cannot guarantee the necessary conditions were maintained during the test period. There can be uncertainty with any radon measurement due to statistical variations and other factors such as changes in the weather and operation of the dwelling. While we and our agents make every effort to maintain the highest possible quality control and include checks and verification steps in our procedures, we make NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, for the consequences of erroneous test results. It is recommended that multiple tests be conducted when the lowest level of the structure is greater than 2,000 square feet or the building is on multiple foundations. Our inspectors will do their best to inform the client when these conditions exist, however, it is the responsibility of the buyer to order additional radon tests if necessary.
Accurate air sample counts are dependent upon proper field sampling and reporting. Air volume, time of sample, location, etc. are information obtained by the field sample. Failure to properly document the field data will lead to inaccurate counts. High levels of particulate matter may also interfere with counts by obstructing the view of some spores. Air samples are only representative of a certain area during a certain period of time. Additional spores may be present but were not engulfed by the air sampler. Outdoor spores may vary seasonally. Accurate identification of spores on surface samples are dependent upon proper sampling and reporting. Results can vary depending upon the location of the sample, pressure applied during sampling and the type of surface sampled. High levels of debris may obstruct the view of some spores. Spores may be lost when transferring swab samples during sampling and analysis. A Chain of Custody containing all appropriate information must accompany all samples.
Sampling and inspections services are provided independently of Home Land Labs by Home Land Environmental. No sample will be taken in areas which required the breaking apart or into, dismantling, removal of any object, including but not limited to: moldings, floor coverings, wall coverings, siding, ceilings, insulation, furniture, appliances and/or personal possessions; nor were samples taken which were obstructed or inaccessible for physical access on the date of inspection. Crawl spaces, attics and/or other areas may be deemed inaccessible if the opening to the area is not large enough to provide physical access for the inspector or if a ladder was required for access. Crawl spaces (or portions thereof) may also be deemed inaccessible if there is inadequate clearance from the bottom of the floor.
Notice of cancellation must be received by 5:00 p.m. or close of business the day prior to the inspection. A $75-$100 trip charge will be assessed if notice is not received.
General Terms as to all HLE Services
Neither HLE nor customer shall in any event be liable to the other party for any indirect, consequential, exemplary, special, or punitive damages, resulting from either party’s actions in connection herewith, even if they have been advised of the possibility of such damages. In order to provide customers with affordable uniform fees for inspections, without assessing each property or system to be inspected, HLE’s liability arising as a result of the work performed for any customer, whether such claim arises in contract, tort or otherwise, shall be limited to the fee paid to HLE by the customer. Except in the case of HLE’s gross negligence, the customer, by accepting the provided report hereby agrees to indemnify and save HLE harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, debts, liabilities, or proceedings resulting from a claim by any property owner or other person against HLE arising out of any act or omission of the HLE, or any of its agents and/or employees.