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FAQ on Title 5

FAQ on Title 5

What do I need to do to sell my house or build an addition on my home?

If you own a home that has a private sewage treatment system in the State of Massachusetts, you are required to have a State-Certified Title 5 Inspector perform an official Title 5 Inspection on your system prior to selling your home or building an addition.

What is a Title 5 Inspection?

Since 1995, the State of Massachusetts has required homeowners to have their private sewage treatment system check thoroughly by a State-Certified Title 5 Inspector. Here is what you can expect from an official Title 5 Inspection – the inspector will:

  • conduct an interview with the property owner
  • research the paperwork for your property at your city’s Board of Health Department
  • survey the general size of the building or list a summary of the number of bedrooms
  • inspects the connection from the house/building to the system
  • inspects the inlet/outlet of the septic tank
  • examines the integrity of the tank
  • measures the liquid/contents of the tank
  • examines the integrity of the distribution box
  • measures the liquid/contents of the distribution box
  • checks the soil absorption system (SAS) condition
  • checks the relation of the system’s water table to the SAS
  • examines the integrity of the pipes using a special “sewer cam” (All-Clear specialty service, not required by the state)
  • provides an official 17-page document to the local approving authority and the owner, including all findings and a detailed sketch of the system

Is it possible to get an inspection even if I am not selling my home?

Yes, this type of inspection is called a Voluntary Assessment. All of the same steps in the above inspection detail will be taken, however the 17-page document will NOT be sent to your local approving authority – it is for your information only. A Voluntary Assessment is a great way to find out more about your own septic system. All-Clear highly recommends this to our clients as a means of properly maintaining, upgrading and repairing your system to prolong its life. Ask us about additional services we can provide to ensure the proper working of your septic system.

Can I get a Voluntary Assessment performed even if I don’t live in Massachusetts?

Yes, All-Clear is also certified to perform inspections in the State of Rhode Island.

Should I get my system pumped or cleaned before I get an inspection?

Absolutely not. The State of Massachusetts requires that your system be inspected under “normal use conditions” for a minimum of 2 weeks or more. If your system needs pumping during this period, we can arrange to have it done for you while the components of your system are exposed.

Will my landscaping be affected by the inspection?

The All-Clear team is very respectful to the landscaping of your home or property. In order to minimize the amount of physical work required to perform your inspection, we use state-of-the-art locating equipment that helps us to locate your system components within a 4-inch radius. We also use a specialized “sewer cam” to let us inspect your pipes without having to dig them up. Any sod that needs to be removed is cut carefully and laid on tarps so it can be neatly replaced when your inspection is complete.

Visit www.allclearseptic.com for all your questions or call 508-763-4431.  We are happy to talk to you and put your fears to rest.

 

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All Clear Septic on Cape Cod

          All Clear Septic  All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have inspectors carrying out Title 5 Inspections on Cape Cod this Fall.  If you live in Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Barnstable, Dennis, Brewster, Chatham, Eastham or Orleans, we are experienced in carrying out Inspections in this unique environment.  If you require a Septic Inspection contact our office to ensure you use a company that is experienced working on Cape Cod, MA.

Call us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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All Clear Septic Experts in Septic Repair, Cleaning and Pumping

            All Clear Septic  All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is committed to ensuring that our customers in the Taunton, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Swansea, Dighton, Berkley and Freetown area have a regular and reliable Septic Repair, Septic Cleaning, and Septic Pumping service. If you would also like to benefit from our expertise please call our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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All Clear Septic is Premium Provider of Title 5 Inspections

             All Clear Septic All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is consistently referred by realtors in Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, North Attleboro, Mansfield, Foxboro, Wrentham, Franklin and surrounding towns as a premier provider of Title 5 Inspections to home buyers and sellers. If you require a Title 5 Inspection or would like more information please call our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

All Clear Septic at RASEM R.E.D. Expo in Raynham

          All Clear SepticAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are attending the RASEM R.E.D. Expo in Raynham on Wednesday 10/26/16.  Al and Liz will attend the Realtor Association of Southeastern Massachusetts Real Estate Education Development Expo to answer questions Realtors have about topics including Septic Inspection, Title 5 Septic Inspections, Septic Cleaning and Septic Pumping.  Al will also be giving a R.E.D (Real Estate Education development) talk. This event will be attended by Realtors from Southeastern Massachusetts including Attleboro, North Attleboro, Norton, Mansfield, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Sharon, Foxboro, Franklin and Wrentham.

Stop in to see us there or call the office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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All Clear Septic Handles All Septic Issues

             All Clear Septic  All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services had technicians out in Rochester Monday carrying out Septic Repairs to a customer’s septic system installing a riser on their tank with a filter. If you require repairs or a Title 5 Septic System Inspection please do contact our office.

 We are here to help if you are concerned that your Septic System is failing or not operating efficiently. We have qualified staff who can advise on course of action that best suits your needs whether you need Septic Cleaning, Septic Repair or Septic Pumping. We are qualified and able to help in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Call us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

 

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Laundry Habits and Septic Systems

 

Laundry habits can directly affect your septic system.  There are many things to consider when buying a washing machine.  Wlaundryashers are high water usage appliances second to your toilet.  Choosing a high efficiency washer can make a big difference in water usage and fuel bills.   Both top-loading and front loading high efficiency washers use less water and cost less to operate, and reduce drying time by extracting more water during the spin cycle.  This is good news for your septic system and energy bills.  Front-loaders have usually received a better efficiency score since they generally use less water than top-loading washers but high efficiency top loaders score high also.

Lint from the washer into the septic system can also be a problem.   Lint is non-biodegradable since it is made up of polyester and nylon which is synthetic.  Over time this can clog up the soil treatment system(leach field) and reduce the life of the system costing the homeowner thousands of dollars.  A laundry  filter can be added to the washing machine discharge hose to which will remove most lint and some detergent scum from laundry wastewater.  The laundry filter is a good investment toward the longevity of your septic system.    Call All Clear for a price quote on laundry filter installation

Laundry detergents also can have an effect on your septic system.  Powered detergents and liquid detergents contain basically the same ingredients.  Liquid forms and pre-packaged packets have become popular recently.  They all perform pretty much the same but packets do not allow you to use less for each load.   Some detergents still contain phosphorous but it has been banned in most places.  A high amount of suds is never a good idea for your septic system.  Try using about half of the recommended amount and see if your clothes are clean.  You can always add a little more to get the desired cleanliness.

Most commercial brands of laundry soap leave a chemical residue on your clothes.  Vegetable-based laundry soap is a better choice.  Powders usually contain fewer chemicals than liquids.  Try pure soap flakes instead of detergent — add 1/2 cup of borax or vinegar to the rinse cycle to remove soapy residue.  Enzyme-based detergents  can be irritating to the skin and are a cause of allergic reactions.  You can also try being creative and making your own detergent.  There are many recipes online.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services can help with any questions you may have on this issue including lint filters.  Call them at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

 

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All Clear Septic Expands Septic Inspection Team

              All Clear Septic All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services  is pleased to announce the expansion of our title 5 septic inspection team and our Rhode Island functional and first maintenance inspection team. Our team was recently joined by Alec Figueiredo from Tiverton.  Alec will be assisting us with septic inspections and septic repairs to continue to meet our customers needs.  No matter if you are in Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport, Dartmouth, lakeville, Freetown, Rochester, or Marion call us for all your septic needs at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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All Clear Septic Offers Discounts to Veterans

             All Clear Septic   All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services offers discounts to veterans on septic inspections. If you are a veteran and need a title 5 septic inspection or a Rhode Island functional inspection call our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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All Clear Septic Trained to Perform Portsmouth Septic Inspections

       All Clear Septic   All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is trained, equipped, and approved to perform Portsmouth septic inspections. The town of Portsmouth, RI has a Wastewater Management Board that requires mandatory septic inspections. If you own a home in Portsmouth call us to schedule your septic inspection at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com