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We provide our services to the following Massachusetts towns:

  • Attleboro
  • Bellingham
  • Dedham
  • Dover
  • Easton
  • Foxboro
  • Franklin
  • Holliston
  • Mansfield
  • Medfield
  • Medway
  • Millis
  • Needham
  • Norfolk
  • Norton
  • Norwood
  • Plainville
  • Sharon
  • Sherborn
  • Stoughton
  • Taunton
  • Walpole
  • Westwood
  • Wrentham

Title V Inspections

Title V refers to the Massachusetts regulations that govern the criteria for design and performance standards of a septic system. Created by the Massachusetts legislation on March 31, 1995, the purpose of the Title V inspection of septic systems is to protect waterways and the environment in general. The Title V inspection is a multipage report that describes the current condition of a system. This includes, among other things, the functioning and structural integrity of the septic tank, pipes and distribution box.

Performed by a state-certified system inspector, Title V inspections are required before selling a home, when a home is inherited, if the property goes from residential use to business use, when adding a bathroom or shower to a home, and sometimes, when building a home addition. Septic systems that fail must be repaired within two years. Title V criteria are based on conditions at the time and day of inspection and do not provide information as to the future performance of any septic system.

Consider the following before hiring a Title V inspector:

  • Is the inspector licensed by the State of Massachusetts DEP?
    • J. Hockman, Inc. has multiple Title V & Alternative/Innovative system inspectors on staff.
  • What is their pricing structure? (Flat rate, hourly, hourly plus hidden fees)
    • J. Hockman, Inc. provides a contract with all costs clearly outlined.
  • What will the inspection entail?
  • Hire an inspector that works in your town on a regular basis.

Prior to the Title V inspectorís arrival, the homeowner should have:

  • Water records for last two years
  • As-built drawings for your septic system component locations (old Title V report or sketches)
  • Pumping records for that system (Be sure septic tank was not pumped at least two weeks prior to inspection.)

On the day of the Title V inspection, the inspector will:

  • Use as-built drawings to mark septic system component locations on property
  • Dig necessary components and inspect their condition
  • Make notes of the systemís existing locations, depths and conditions
  • Photograph existing site and components
  • Backfill and clean up
  • Write official Title V report (A copy of the inspection will be sent to the homeowner, and the local board of health. We retain a copy for our records.)