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Title 5 Inspection FAQs
What is a Title 5 Inspection?
A 17-page report developed by the Mass DEP with a set series of questions on your septic system, detailing the design and current working function. An inspection is required whenever a property is sold, divided, or combined, or when there is a change in use or expansion of the facility.
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).
What do we need?
- 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?
“No. Only those cesspools that exhibit signs of hydraulic failure, are located extremely close to private or public water supplies, or otherwise fail to protect or pose a threat to public health, safety or the environment will need to be upgraded (310 CMR 15.303). Also, cesspools must be upgraded prior to an increase in design flow (e.g., the addition of a bedroom to a home or seats to a restaurant).” -From Mass DEP
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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