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Title 5 Septic System Inspections




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Title 5 Septic System Inspections

“Title 5” refers to the section of the Massachusetts Environmental Code that requires the inspection of subsurface disposal systems (aka septic systems).

Cooper Environmental Services, LLC has performed hundreds of Title 5 septic system inspections island-wide.  A typical septic system inspection begins with researching existing records at the local Board of Health office.  Once at the site, the system components are located, exposed and examined for signs of failure.  A standardized report is then prepared and provided to the client and their representatives, as well as the local Board of Health. 

A typical septic system includes several components.  The septic tank is a large concrete chamber that collects the household waste.  Solids are settled at the bottom of the tank and water exits the tank to a leaching facility, either a leaching pit or a leaching field. 

The inspection of the septic tank includes:

  • measuring the extent of solids accumulation in the tank
  • assessing the physical condition of the septic tank, piping and baffles
  • evaluating the need for maintenance pumping and any improvements for accessibility, such as adding manhole risers to reduce the level of excavation required for future inspection and maintenance

The inspection of the leaching facility includes:

  • evaluating the distribution box (if present) for level and even distribution of effluent, and structural integrity
  • evaluating the leaching system for any evidence of solids carry-over from the septic tank, signs of backup or periods of hydraulic stress, root penetration or any other symptoms of malfunction

We minimize disturbance by carefully locating system components to reduce the amount of excavation required for a thorough inspection.  We use state of the art electronic locating equipment to pinpoint key system components.  Wherever possible, we hand excavate and restore disturbed areas.  We are also happy to coordinate our work with the homeowner, their caretaker, landscaper or other contractors to achieve the best result.

The inspection report is valid for a period of 2 years from the date of the inspection.  However, a system deemed “passed” is not a guarantee of future successful operation or longevity of the system. 

Environmental Consulting

Wetlands and other resource areas are regulated under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.  The regulated area also includes a 100 ft. buffer zone from the resource boundary.  Local By-Laws may expand the buffer zone distance and include additional manmade and isolated wetlands.  Cooper Environmental Services, LLC provides wetland and resource delineation services using the Massachusetts DEP Manual titled “Delineating Bordering Vegetated Wetlands Under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.”  Our expertise in soil science allows us to provide accurate wetlands delineations regardless of seasonal variations in the water table, or past alterations of a particular site. 

We also provide consultation in project mitigation including wetland restoration, replication, and erosion and sedimentation control. We have considerable experience in filing state and municipal applications for clients wishing to undertake projects in regulated areas - coordinating with state and local agencies, engineering firms and contractors when required. We also conduct environmental assessments of sensitive properties in preparation for future development or site improvements.  Environmental assessments include research, site investigations and sampling to provide clients with a broad evaluation of the natural resources on their properties.

Septic System Design

Cooper Environmental Services, LLC prepares septic system upgrade design services for clients who have failed septic systems. 

We coordinate the percolation testing with excavating contractors and local health officials, evaluate the suitability of the soils for an on-site septic system, prepare design plans for the system upgrade, submit the plans to the Board of Health and perform all required inspections during and post installation.