Because so many Massachusetts residents encounter the arcane realm of septic systems and MA’s Title 5 regulations only when buying or selling a home, it’s helpful to have easy access in one place to detailed information on the topic.
Easy access to detailed information
Look no further! The content below will give you a lot of good, reliable information on issues pertaining to Title 5. We review how waste water and septage are handled by on-site residential treatment systems. Then we address how Title 5’s mandatory system inspection affects the purchase and sale of homes in MA. We also cover how septic system repairs and upgrades are regulated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Title 5.
What is a septic system?
Follow the hotlink in the image above or at right yo to download an informative guide to septic systems and how they function. The proper care of your septic system is key to its longevity and this file simply and concisely reviews how to make sure you gets many years of use out of your septic system.
Pumping your septic system
Follow the hotlink in the above image or at right to learn why periodic pumping of your septic system is needed. The explanation is published by the University of Rhode Island and addresses Rhode Island law, but it is still useful for MA residents.
What is Title 5 in Massachusetts?
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has produced an excellent overview of Title 5 which you can access by following the hotlink in the image above or via the hotlink here. The materials detail how Title 5 impacts residential real estate transfers in Massachusetts.
Title 5 inspections
There are many potential pitfalls with Title 5 inspections, more than can be discussed in a here. You can get a sense of what a Title 5 inspector looks for by downloading a sample Title 5 inspection report via the hotlink at left or in the image above.
Buying or selling a home with private sewerage
Except in the limited areas of the state with high water table or lots of ledge rock close to the surface of the ground, septic systems are an affordable, ecologically sensible means of handling waste water and generally work well for many years if properly maintained.
Many systems that do not pass the Title 5 inspection need simple and relatively inexpensive repairs. In some instances however, the system will require a full replacement with a new septic system
If you have questions about a particular situation involving Title 5, please feel free to contact Warren Reynolds. If he can’t help you, he should be able to put you in touch with someone who can.
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