Troubleshooting Your Septic System

Easy Understanding About Title 5 Septic Inspections

If you own a home that has a septic system installed, at some point you may need to have a Title 5 inspection performed. This is not a requirement in all jurisdictions. However, if it is mandated in your area, you need to know what to expect. Perhaps you are planning to sell your home. You may be legally required to produce documentation that you have a Title 5 Inspection performed as part of the sales process. The inspection usually requires documentation from a licensed plumber. The process may seem confusing or scary for property owners. The professionals will know how to perform them correctly. The following points represent a few things that may happen.

What Happens During the Inspection

The inspector will inspect and document the condition of your entire septic system. Every component needs to be documented to determine whether there are portions that need to be repaired or portions that need to be replaced. They will also pay attention to potential safety hazards such as drainage problems. You may need to provide documentation about your septic system and its prior maintenance schedule. The results of the new inspection will be provided to the appropriate authorities and you. You may also need to get a copy of the previous inspection. Ask the contractor what items you need to have available on the date of the inspection. If you do not have them, it could delay the process and require a rescheduling for the service.

How to Know if You Pass or Fail

The inspector will provide a copy of the results to you. They will also provide their recommendations. If you receive a pass, then that means that there are not any recommended amendments to be made to the system for a set amount of years. You may receive what is referred to as a conditional pass. This would show that there are some minor repairs than need to be completed. You can get new documentation of a pass if you fix the suggested issues and provide documentation. Septic systems that have significant repair issues or need to be replaced will likely receive failing documentation. You can get an extension on the repairs depending on the reasons for the failure. The final decision regarding the inspector's report will require a review from the authorities to approve or deny the results. 

A septic services technician is a good resource to use to understand more about Title 5 septic inspections and how they differ from traditional inspections. They can also advise you about the legal timeframe that the service must be performed. The number of years varies based on a number of factors. 


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