Depending on the laws of your particular state, a house will have to undergo a Title Five inspection whenever it is sold. If this is something that is a requirement where you live, you will want to become more familiar with what the Title V septic inspections include. This way, whether you are the homeowner or the buyer of the home with a septic system, you will know what to expect and what is covered.
Inspecting the Lines From the House to the Tank
Even if the tank itself is brand new, if the lines running from the house to that tank are in bad shape, there is going to be some concerns. The lines could already be leaking sewage waste into the soil and you not even know about it just yet. The smallest of leaks can be concerning and against codes for your town or city. The inspector will determine if there are any issue there and if there is, the problems will likely to need to be resolved before the transfer of the property can be completed.
Questioning the Homeowners
The inspector will want to make sure that they have notes regarding anything and everything the property owners can tell them about the septic tank. For example, how often they have had the tank pumped, repaired, or whether they have never had problems with it at all. All of the information that the inspector receives from the owners of the property will help him or her piece together a thorough report for the buyers.
Inspecting the Tank
The Title V inspector will send a mini camera down into the septic tank to inspect the condition of it. This way, the new owner will have a good understanding of whether that tank is going to need to be replaced soon. This is important because a replacement tank can cost a lot of money so it is easier on buyers if they can factor that into the cost of the home purchase. They might even be able to get extra money on their loan for the tank replacement. If there are major issues with the tank at the current moment, the seller of the property can be asked to have the repairs done before the purchase is completed.
Always make sure that you are not trying to get around the Title V inspection if it is a requirement where you live. It is a great thing to have done, for all parties involved.Share