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100_1020This is a picture of a Distribution Box during a Title 5 inspection in Mansfield.  Since the liquid level is above the invert of the outlet pipe, the result would be a failing Title 5 Inspection.  The heavy solids in the Distribution Box were caused by a missing outlet tee in the septic tank.  When you have your septic tank pumped, be sure your pumper inspects all aspects of your tank or you may have some bad news coming your way when you have a Title 5 inspection done.

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100_1022[1]When performing a Title 5 inspection in Norton, it is required that a steel cover be installed over the outlet access hole of the tank so the homeowner can easily access and clean the effluent filter.  This homeowner added a second steel cover over the inlet access hole in order to be able to pump their septic tank more effectively.

100_0984This title 5 inspection in Attleboro went extremely well for us and the home owner.  When a property has a nice lawn we do everything we can to keep it that way.  We removed the sod first, placed all the dirt on a tarp, examined the d-box and finally put everything back the same way we found it.

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Apr
06

Mass Title 5 Inspection

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Our latest title 5 inspection in Norton passed by the skin of its teeth.  The Distribution box had moderate solid carryover and moderate to heavy concrete corrosion.   A zabel filter was added in the tank to minimize solid carryover in the future.  The concrete corrosion is normal for a system of this age.  Even though there was heavy corrosion, the d box was still structurally sound and showed no signs of leakage.100_0978

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100_0976One way to secure steel covers to a septic tank is to use concrete.  This makes a water tight seal and locks them in place so no person or animal accidentally falls in.  Every title 5 inspection and new septic system installation in Norton requires steel covers to grade.  Covers to grade make septic tank pumping a much easier task.  Towns like Mansfield and Attleboro, also allow locking plastic septic tank covers.

100_0881Here is an example of a perfect looking distribution box.  This d-box was opened up on one of our recent title 5 inspections in Norton.  If you have to do a title 5 inspection on your septic system, this is what you want to see.

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Jun
11

Norton Title 5 inspection

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100_0883In order to pass a title 5 inspection in Massachusetts, the homeowners septic system must be in working order and have certain system components properly installed.  The picture above is of an inlet pipe that is missing a tee.  The tee stops the waste water from the house from just shooting into the tank and causing a disturbance in the tank.  The hardest part about the above tee installation is that the tank is 3′ below grade.  Tomorrow we will have to pump the septic tank and install the tee.

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100_0873No solids should ever enter the distribution box, if they do you could have some serious and expensive problems on your hands.  This distribution box was encountered on a title 5 inspection and due to the solids and high water level it was a title 5 failure.  The most common way solids would get into the distribution box would be a missing outlet tee or never having your tank pumped.

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100_0857100_0856In order to pass a title 5 inspection in Massachusetts the leaching field can’t be located in the water table.  The distribution box shown above passed with flying colors, but the leaching field itself is dangerously close to being in the water table.  We hand dug a hole near the leaching field and found standing water at 46″ and estimated the bottom of the leaching field to be 43″.  This is too close of a measurement to pass or fail the title 5 inspection, so the town of Norton heath inspector recommended that a hole be excavated and report be filed by a soil evaluator.  This will give us an accurate reading of the water table and a correct verdict on this Title 5 dilemma.

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Apr
07

Corroded Distiribution Box

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100_0847Here is an example of how the concrete reacts to septic gases over the course of many years.  If you look closely at the picture, you can see how the concrete is just falling apart.  The walls of the D-Box are made of 2″ thick concrete and this Distribution box is so badly corroded that I could push a screw driver through the 2″ thick concrete wall with no effort at all.  In order to pass the title 5 inspection the Distribution box must be replaced.

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Ribeiro Enterprises
133 Mansfield Avenue
Norton, MA 02766
Office 508-285-3167 ext. 204
Fax 508-285-3168

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