SECTION .1000 - NC ON-SITE WASTEWATER INSPECTOR STANDARDS OF
21 NCAC 39 .1001 DEFINITIONS
As used in this Section:
(1) "Automatic safety controls" means devices
designed and installed to protect systems and components from excessively high
or low pressures and temperatures, excessive electrical current, loss of water,
high water, fire, freezing, or other unsafe conditions.
(2) "Component" means a readily accessible
and observable part of an on-site wastewater system.
(3) "Cross connection" means any physical
connection or arrangement between potable water and the on-site wastewater
system or any other source of contamination.
(4) "Dangerous or adverse situations" means
situations that pose a threat of injury to the inspector, or those situations
that require the use of special protective clothing or safety equipment, such
as personal protection equipment.
(5) "Describe" means a written report of a
condition found within the system or any observed component of the inspected
(6) "Dismantle" means to take apart or remove
any component, device or piece of equipment that is bolted, screwed, or
fastened by other means and that would not be taken apart or removed by a
homeowner or operator in the course of normal household maintenance.
(7) "Enter" means to go into an area to
inspect all readily accessible, readily openable, and readily visible
(8) "Hydraulic Load Test" means the
introduction of water or waste water into a system for the purposes of
mimicking the system's peak flows.
(9) "Inflow" means extraneous water directly
entering a component, such as via a sump pump, foundation drain, condensate
line, or infiltration.
(10) "Normal operating controls" means
certified operator or homeowner-operated devices.
(11) "Normal wear and tear" means superficial
blemishes or defects that do not interfere with the functionality of the
component or system.
(12) "Operate" means to cause systems or equipment
(13) "Readily accessible" means approachable or
enterable for inspection without the risk of damage to any property or
alteration of the accessible space, equipment, or opening.
(14) "Readily openable access panel" means a
panel provided for homeowner or certified operator maintenance and operation
that has removable or operable fasteners or latch devices in order to be lifted
off, swung open, or otherwise removed for inspection. This definition is
limited to those wastewater system components not blocked by stored items,
furniture, building components or landscaping.
(15) "Readily visible" means seen by using
natural or artificial light without the use of equipment or tools other than a
probe, flashlight or mirror.
(16) "Roof drainage systems" means gutters,
downspouts, leaders, splash blocks, and similar parts used to carry water off a
roof and away from a building.
(17) "Shut down" means a condition or
conditions wherein a piece of equipment or system cannot be operated by the
device or control that a homeowner should normally use to operate it. If its
safety switch or circuit breaker is in the "off" position, or its
fuse is missing or blown, the inspector is not required to reestablish the
circuit for the purpose of operating the equipment or system.
(18) "Structural component" means a wastewater
system component that supports non-variable forces or weights (dead loads) and
variable forces or weights (live loads), such as a control panel support,
septic tank, D-box, or manifold.
History Note: Authority G.S. 90A-71, 90A-74:
Eff. October 1, 2011.