Homeownership comes with many responsibilities, including the process to ensure your home is kept up in good condition to protect its value. And when it is time to list your home for sale, you will want to make sure it is in great condition with all systems and components repaired and working well so you can get as much of the home's value in the sale. As part of this preparation for your home sale, you will need to make sure your septic system is up to par. Here are some helpful insights into the septic system inspection and what you can expect during a Title 5 inspection.
Understand Title Five Inspection
Anytime you sell your home in the state of Massachusetts, you will need to have a Title 5 inspection completed on your septic system. This is to ensure that the septic system is in good working order and is not clogged or has problems with the tank or drain field site. The inspection will also make sure that the site of the septic tank is not going to be in the way of any improvements you plan to make to the property or your home, which are often at risk, of extending over the septic system's site. And, as you know, you don't want any structure or driveway, even one made of gravel, being built upon your septic system site because it will cause damage to the system's function.
Keep in mind that if you have recently completed a septic Title 5 inspection recently and are now selling your home on the market, you may not need to complete a new one. The original Title 5 inspection certificate you have will be valid for the sale as long as it was completed with the past two years.
During a Title 5 inspection, your septic inspector will look at various components of your septic system, including the tank and the drain field site. It is important to make sure the tank is pumped to ensure the inspector can accurately check all areas. The inspector will look at the alarm system, if your system has one, and also the hydraulics. They will also look for any cracks or damage to the tank and to make sure the drain field is leaching properly and the soil has good drainage. The inspector will also check the groundwater level in the area to make sure the water table is not high with the potential to cause the tank to be damaged.
For more information on what to expect during a title five inspection, talk to a septic service.