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Title 5 Inspection FAQs
What is a Title 5 Inspection?
What is involved?
- Time on site, the time needed to fill out the report, and copies sent to both the homeowner and the Board of Health (copies are sent once payment is received in full).
- Digging to expose the septic tank or d-box may be additional. Deeper than 3 ft will often require a machine.
- Most systems should be pumped with the inspection, depending on the last service. Normal residential pumping rates apply. Pumping is mandatory for cesspools.
How long does it take?
What do we check for?
- Structural integrity of septic tank and d-box (or of cesspool).
- Normal liquid/operating level, leaching function.
- Condition of inlet and outlet tees (t-shaped cast iron or PVC pipe found on the inlet or the outlet) or baffles (concrete walls that go across the tank - extend down from the top of the tank 16" to 30" - must be on the outlet side, sometimes one on the inlet side, as well).
- System map from previous Title 5 or local Board of Health.
- Water records from the previous 2 years.
- Having at least one cover to the tank exposed makes the inspection go faster.
Our inspector/office will pick up these items if the customer is unable to.
If I have a cesspool, will it automatically fail?
For how long is a Title 5 valid?2 years. If a property is sold more than once in the two-year period, the single inspection is valid for all transfers. When a system is pumped on an annual basis and the pumping records are available, an inspection is valid for three years.
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