Title 5

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” (SPS 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.  Septic Preservation Services 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, Septic Preservation Services 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 SPS 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.septicpreservation.com for all your questions or call 877-378-4279.  We are happy to talk to you and put your fears to rest.

 

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Down to Earth Construction have Scheduled Inspections

                       cropped-cropped-downtoearthconst_2016-logo.jpg Down to Earth Construction Services have Inspections scheduled in Dighton, Rehoboth and Seekonk this week. If you live in these towns, or are selling/purchasing a home in this area please contact our office to arrange your Title 5 Septic Inspection at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic Preservation Services Serves Maine Customers

           Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services carries out Overboard Discharge Services in Maine of which the majority are along the beautiful Maine Coastline for our residential and commercial customers. Locations including Portland, Freeport, Brunswick, Bath, Friendship and Belfast.  If you need Overboard Discharge Service or Overboard Discharge Repair please contact our office at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Down to Earth Construction’s Septic System Emergency Services

      cropped-cropped-downtoearthconst_2016-logo.jpg Down to Earth Construction Services have personnel always available so that we can address your Septic System Emergencies at short notice. Have peace of mind knowing that if you have a Septic emergency we are able to ensure that we can provide assistance to our customs.  Call us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Down to Earth Hires Title 5 Inspector

                   cropped-cropped-downtoearthconst_2016-logo.jpg Down to Earth Construction Services has hired a Title 5 Licensed Inspector from Franklin to carry out inspections in the areas of Bellingham, Wrentham, Blackstone, Plainville, Foxboro and between. We pride ourselves in hiring the best qualified personnel so we can quickly, professionally, and expertly continue to provide and improve upon our services for our customers.

Call us with any questions at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic Preservation Services Recommendations

          Septic Preservation Services  Septic Preservation Services recommends that home and business owners always consider their septic system when disposing of chemicals, cleaners and other liquids. Excessive use of bleach, detergents and drain cleaners can harm your septic system. Also avoid putting kitchen fats, coffee grounds and solids down your sink. Other items such as wipes, cigarettes, diapers, paint and dead fish should also never be flushed. If you are concerned that your system is not operating correctly or may be failing,  call our office to arrange a Septic Inspection, Septic Cleaning or Septic Pumping.  You can reach us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Preservation Services Provides Complete Septic Services

           Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services provides Septic support from initial Septic System Design to Septic System Installation to Servicing. We can provide services for all your Septic system needs. This week we will be providing services to clients in the Acushnet, Rochester, Freetown, Fall River, Westport, New Bedford, Marion area. If you would like to discuss your septic requirements please contact our office at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Down to Earth Construction Schedules Title 5 Inspections

       cropped-cropped-downtoearthconst_2016-logo.jpg  Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Inspections scheduled in Freetown, MA. If you live in Freetown, Taunton, Fall River, Lakeville, Middleboro or are moving into the area and require a Title 5 Inspection please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com 

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Septic Preservation Services Available 24/7

           Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services is available for emergency services 24/7. No matter if you are in York, ME Westerly, RI,  Dennis, MA , or Southboro, MA,  we are your septic professionals. Our professional staff specializes in septic inspections, septic repairs, septic designs, and septic installations.

You can reach us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Gardens and Septic Systems

gardensCountry living is a great  lifestyle for many people. While planning gardens and orchards, there are certain things you need to keep in mind.   For example, most country homes require a septic system for disposal of sewage. While septic systems are fairly efficient, the leach field is an essential element in processing and dispersing the waste water. Because of the possibility of bacteria in the soil, only grass, shallow-rooted flowers, bulbs and meadow grasses are planted directly over the septic system. You should never plant fruits or vegetables on or near a leach field.

How do you locate the septic system?   A  septic plot plan  is always  filed with the local Board of Health in Massachusetts, DEM in Rhode Island, New Hampshire DES, and Plumbing Code Enforcement in Maine.   Visit your appropriate agency  to obtain a copy of your septic system.  Measure and mark the perimeter with landscaper’s spray paint. While new construction requires a plot plan, older homes may not have any documents available to indicate the location of the septic tank and leach lines.

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Locate the sewer lines leading away from the house. There may be a clean-out, risers or manhole cover indicating the location of the septic tank. Generally, the septic tank is located approximately 10 to 15 feet away from from the house.

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Probe with a metal rod, pushing it gently into the ground to locate the gravel drain field. The leach lines usually are 6 to 18 inches below the surface of the soil. Work your way out and away from the house. As you find the perimeter of the drain field, mark it with landscaper’s spray paint.

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Measure 10 feet from the outer perimeter of the leach field. Mark the garden’s borders with stakes.    Fruits and vegetables should be planted at least 10 feet from a septic system or leach field to avoid bacterial contamination.

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Prepare a landscape plan before planting shrubs or trees near a leach field. Non-aggressive shrubs and trees should be planted at a distance equal to the mature height of the plant. Trees with aggressive roots, such as a willow tree, should be planted at least 50 feet from a leach field.

Septic Preservation  can answer all your questions on your septic system and help you with all your septic needs throughout New England. They can be reached at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com