Septic Preservation Services have licensed septic inspectors who are available to carry out Title 5 Septic Inspections for property owners who require an inspection. Often we are contacted by property owners who have a septic system and are planning to sell their home and need to have a Title 5 Inspection completed before they can transfer Title. Once a septic inspection has been done it is valid for 2 years so there is no reason not to have it done as soon as you decide to sell your property. This will prevent any hold ups later in your sale and once it is done it is a positive point for your property. Often property owners have never before had an inspection done so this information from the Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs helps explain what to expect:
“An inspection shall consist of the collection and recording of the following information:
(a) a general description of the system components and layout;
(b) quantification of the source/type of sanitary sewage. This should include type of use (domestic or commercial/industrial) as well as the design flow and whether or not the facility being served is occupied at the time of the inspection;
(c) an analysis of the factors set forth in 310 CMR 15.303 (failure criteria) and, if the system has a design flow of 10,000 gpd or greater, 15.304 (threats to public health and environment);
(d) water use records for the previous two years for facilities served by public water supply, if available from the supplier;
(e) a description of the septic tank including:
1. approximate age, size, and condition of the tank;
2. distance between bottom of grease/scum layer and the bottom of the outlet baffle;
3. distance between the top of the scum layer and the top of the outlet tee;
4. thickness of the grease/scum layer;
5. depth of the sludge layer and distance from sludge to outlet tee;
6. physical condition of inlet and outlet tees;
7. any evidence of leakage into or out of tank; and
8. any evidence of backup of effluent.
9. a characterization of the distribution box, and of dosing tanks with pumps, if any, including: a. any evidence of solids carryover; b. leakage into or out of the distribution box; c. whether the flow is equally divided; and d. any evidence of backup.
10. a description of the condition of the soil absorption system including: a. any signs of hydraulic failure; b. condition of surface vegetation; c. level of ponding within disposal area; d. encroachments into disposal area; and e. other sources of hydraulic loading.
11. the location of private water supply well (if any) in relation to system components; and
12. a copy of pump-out records on file with the local Approving Authority.”
Today we are carrying out a Title 5 Inspection for a family who is moving from their home in Holliston MA. We also have other Title 5 Inspections in Millis, Bellingham, Wrentham, Foxboro and Franklin MA. If you have a questions about a Title 5 inspection or if you need to schedule an inspection please do contact our Norton Office on 877-348-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com