MA TITLE 5 SEPTIC INSPECTIONS

NE Classic Engineering is licensed to perform Massachusetts Title 5 Inspections

Cost
Basic Title 5 inspec­tion $425
Does not include machine costs if required
Dig­ging to 6 inches in depth to tank cov­ers and d-​box

Inspec­tion Procedure
Walk around the entire site to note gen­eral con­di­tions and check for obvi­ous signs of fail­ure such as sur­face break­out or pond­ing. Look for signs of sewage, stains on the ground or sat­u­rated, spongy soils. The pres­ence of sewage odors must be deter­mined when first arriv­ing at the site.
Check pump­ing records for fre­quency .of sys­tem pump­ing and ver­ify that the sys­tem has not been pumped within two weeks prior to inspection.
Inter­view prop­erty own­ers con­cern­ing back-​up or break-​out or high ground water. Sewage backup into the house can be caused by:
1. clogged pipes
2. sur­charged sep­tic tank
3. failed leach­ing area
Locate and inspect all pipes exit­ing the building.

Sep­tic Tank
Expose and remove man­hole covers.
Deter­mine mate­r­ial of construction.
Check inlet and out­let tees or baf­fles for damage.
Check liq­uid lev­els for evi­dence of leakage.
Ensure sludge depth and thick­ness and record on the inspec­tion form. Rec­om­mend pump­ing as part of the inspec­tion if indi­cated by being within two inches of the out­let tee.
Check for evi­dence of backup (i.e. liq­uid level sig­nif­i­cantly higher than invert of out­let pipe)

Dis­tri­b­u­tion Box
Expose and remove cover.
Deter­mine if d-​box is level and if flow is equal.
Check if there is evi­dence of solids carryover.
Check if sta­tic water level is at or higher than invert of out­let pipe.
Check the pump func­tion if there is a dos­ing cham­ber instead of a dis­tri­b­u­tion box.

Soil Absorp­tion System
Locate the leach­ing system.
Approx­i­mate lay­out to be determined
Deter­mine con­di­tion of soil (e.g. clogged, hydro­gen sul­fide crust, etc.).
Deter­mine level of pond­ing within dis­posal area (visual inspection).
Deter­mine if leach­ing sys­tem is below the high ground water elevation.

Ground Water Determination
Loca­tion of the bot­tom of the leach­ing facil­ity com­pared to the HIGH ground water ele­va­tion is the most com­mon rea­son for the fail­ure of sys­tems inspected. It is also the most impor­tant rea­son that sewage is not ade­quately treated before it enters the ground water table.

Sin­gle Cesspools
Deter­mine dimen­sions and mate­ri­als of construction.
Mea­sure liq­uid level dis­tance to invert and eval­u­ate com­pared to fail­ure criteria.
Deter­mine the dis­tance below the bot­tom of the cesspool to high ground water.
Note depth of sludge and scum

Set­backs
Mea­sure set­backs from drink­ing water sup­plies (soil absorp­tion sys­tems, cesspools and priv­ies), sur­face waters (cesspools and priv­ies only) arid bor­der­ing veg­e­tated wet­lands or salt marshes (cesspools and priv­ies only).