The Property Owner is Responsible for Arranging The Title 5 Septic Inspection When Selling

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has Title 5 Septic Inspection appointments scheduled today in Hingham, Holliston, Millis, Canton, Sharon, Foxboro, and Stoughton MA. When you have a Title 5 septic inspection this is what is included:

  • General layout of the system components (location of the building sewer, septic tank or cesspool, distribution box and leaching field);
  • Type of use (e.g., house, school, retail space), Title 5 design flow, and whether the facility is presently occupied;
  • Analysis of the criteria specified in Title 5 that indicate system failure, and, for large systems, those which indicate threats to public health and the environment;
  • Water use records from the previous two years, if available;
  • A description of the septic tank, including its condition, approximate age, thickness of grease/scum layer, and other relevant information;
  • A characterization of the distribution box and dosing tanks with pumps, if any, such as condition and evidence of solids carryover or backup; and
  • The condition of the soil absorption system including, any signs of hydraulic failure.

We have found that many property owners who have scheduled a septic inspection do not know what it will entail because they have not needed to have one done before. Generally it is the seller of a property that is responsible for carrying out the septic inspection so unless you have previously owned and sold a property with a septic system you may not have previously needed to scheduled one. This is made clear on the Mas Gov website:

“The property owner or operator is responsible for arranging the inspection. The buyer and seller may change the responsibility for arranging the inspection prior to title transfer, provided that this change is put in writing and that the inspection still occurs within the specified timeframes.” see https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

If you require a Title 5 Septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services