Think You Might Need A Title 5 Septic Inspection?

- Thursday, January 25, 2024
Morse Engineering and Construction - Title 5 Septic Inspection

About one-third of homes in Massachusetts use septic systems, instead of municipal sewer water. This includes some of the wealthiest suburbs in the state. But older septic systems and their leaching fields can be damaged, and Title 5 inspections are important.

On average, a septic system should last about 25 years. However, when time comes to replace the system, it can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000, running upwards of $50,000 sometimes.

If you’re selling a home in Massachusetts, you can’t close the sale without passing a Title 5 septic inspection done by a licensed inspector. The inspector decides whether your system “passes,” “fails” or “conditionally passes,” meaning it requires repairs.

Title 5 Inspection Septic Systems

Many states require septic system inspections every three to five years, but don’t mandate them as a condition of sale. A Title 5 Inspection is good for only two years. However, if you have documented septic pumping service each year on or before the anniversary date of your septic system inspection, the inspection is good for three years.

Title 5 requires inspections:

  • Within two years before the sale of a home or transfer of title.
  • When a child inherits a house from their parent(s).
  • In bankruptcy, tax sale or foreclosure situations.
  • When usage of the property is changed.
  • When the footprint of the house is changed.
  • When a building or occupancy permit is required.

Contact Morse Engineering and Construction for more information.