"Voluntary Inspection and Assessment Report Form" - Florida

Voluntary Inspection and Assessment Report Form is a legal document that was released by the Florida Department of Health - a government authority operating within Florida.

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Homebuyer’s
Guide to
Septic Systems
Inspection Procedure
If the home you are buying is on a
Drainfield Inspection
The drainfield area should be
septic system you should request an inspection and assessment
probed to determine its location, size, configuration, and type
of the system. By law, only a state-licensed septic tank
of drainfield material. The inspector will note signs of failure
contractor or plumber or a certified environmental health
and any drainage that impacts the drainfield area. The elevation
professional can inspect and assess your septic system. The
of the drainfield above the seasonal high watertable should be
evaluator must provide you a copy of the Department of Health
made as this separation is critical for proper treatment.
Procedure for Voluntary Inspection and Assessment of Existing
Systems and written notice of your right to request an evaluation
Additional Components
If your system contains
based on all or part of the standards.
additional components, such as pumps or alarms, they should
also be inspected. Dosing pumps should be checked to verify
Tank Inspection
All system tanks should be pumped and
correct operation and alarms are in working order.
visually inspected to determine their capacity and water
tightness. The evaluator will look for cracks, leaks and other
Assessment
The evaluator will provide you a signed report.
defects in the tanks, as well as, required outlet devices or filters
The report must indicate if the system is, in the evaluator’s
and the condition and fit of the lid and access ports. If the tank
opinion, a sanitary nuisance and any maintenance needs. A
was pumped and evaluated in the last 5 years that
sample report form is on the reverse side of this information
documentation may be used.
sheet.
Q:
Q:
Why would I request a voluntary septic system
Is a permit required to correct any deficiencies?
inspection?
A:
Yes. All repairs or modifications to an onsite sewage
A:
These systems are underground and may have been
system require a construction permit from the
out of use for some time. Repairs or system
Department of Health, Environmental Health Office in
modifications may be costly. A system evaluation
your county.
would allow these costs to be addressed during sale
Q:
negotiations.
Does an evaluation assure me that my system will
function properly for years to come?
Q:
Where can I obtain a copy of the “Procedure for
A:
No. The evaluation provides an assessment of your
Voluntary Inspection and Assessment of Existing
system, but is not designed to determine precise code
Systems?”
compliance or show that the system will serve your
A:
A copy is available online–www.FloridaHealth.gov
intended use.
under Environmental Health, Onsite Sewage
Programs, Forms and Publications.
Q:
If the evaluation was not performed in accordance
with the “Procedure for Voluntary Inspection and
Q:
If the evaluation shows my system is substandard, will
Assessment of Existing Systems” what can I do?
I be required to upgrade the system?
A:
You may file a complaint with the Department of
A:
No. The evaluation is for your use. The department
Health in your county or call the Bureau of
does not receive a copy and no enforcement action
Environmental Health at 850-245-4070.
will be taken based on the report. The report is
intended to let you make an informed decision.
Avoid flushing thousands of dollars in repairs down the drain. Maintain your septic system. Have your septic tank inspected and
pumped out every three to five years by a licensed septic tank contractor. To find one, go to FloridaHealth.gov.
Division of Disease Control and Health Protection
Bureau of Environmental Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A–08 • Tallahassee, FL 32399-1710
850.245.4070
www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health
Law Implemented: 381.0065, Florida Statutes. Rule Authority: Chapter 64E-6.001, Florida Administrative Code.
Revised February 2015
Homebuyer’s
Guide to
Septic Systems
Inspection Procedure
If the home you are buying is on a
Drainfield Inspection
The drainfield area should be
septic system you should request an inspection and assessment
probed to determine its location, size, configuration, and type
of the system. By law, only a state-licensed septic tank
of drainfield material. The inspector will note signs of failure
contractor or plumber or a certified environmental health
and any drainage that impacts the drainfield area. The elevation
professional can inspect and assess your septic system. The
of the drainfield above the seasonal high watertable should be
evaluator must provide you a copy of the Department of Health
made as this separation is critical for proper treatment.
Procedure for Voluntary Inspection and Assessment of Existing
Systems and written notice of your right to request an evaluation
Additional Components
If your system contains
based on all or part of the standards.
additional components, such as pumps or alarms, they should
also be inspected. Dosing pumps should be checked to verify
Tank Inspection
All system tanks should be pumped and
correct operation and alarms are in working order.
visually inspected to determine their capacity and water
tightness. The evaluator will look for cracks, leaks and other
Assessment
The evaluator will provide you a signed report.
defects in the tanks, as well as, required outlet devices or filters
The report must indicate if the system is, in the evaluator’s
and the condition and fit of the lid and access ports. If the tank
opinion, a sanitary nuisance and any maintenance needs. A
was pumped and evaluated in the last 5 years that
sample report form is on the reverse side of this information
documentation may be used.
sheet.
Q:
Q:
Why would I request a voluntary septic system
Is a permit required to correct any deficiencies?
inspection?
A:
Yes. All repairs or modifications to an onsite sewage
A:
These systems are underground and may have been
system require a construction permit from the
out of use for some time. Repairs or system
Department of Health, Environmental Health Office in
modifications may be costly. A system evaluation
your county.
would allow these costs to be addressed during sale
Q:
negotiations.
Does an evaluation assure me that my system will
function properly for years to come?
Q:
Where can I obtain a copy of the “Procedure for
A:
No. The evaluation provides an assessment of your
Voluntary Inspection and Assessment of Existing
system, but is not designed to determine precise code
Systems?”
compliance or show that the system will serve your
A:
A copy is available online–www.FloridaHealth.gov
intended use.
under Environmental Health, Onsite Sewage
Programs, Forms and Publications.
Q:
If the evaluation was not performed in accordance
with the “Procedure for Voluntary Inspection and
Q:
If the evaluation shows my system is substandard, will
Assessment of Existing Systems” what can I do?
I be required to upgrade the system?
A:
You may file a complaint with the Department of
A:
No. The evaluation is for your use. The department
Health in your county or call the Bureau of
does not receive a copy and no enforcement action
Environmental Health at 850-245-4070.
will be taken based on the report. The report is
intended to let you make an informed decision.
Avoid flushing thousands of dollars in repairs down the drain. Maintain your septic system. Have your septic tank inspected and
pumped out every three to five years by a licensed septic tank contractor. To find one, go to FloridaHealth.gov.
Division of Disease Control and Health Protection
Bureau of Environmental Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A–08 • Tallahassee, FL 32399-1710
850.245.4070
www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health
Law Implemented: 381.0065, Florida Statutes. Rule Authority: Chapter 64E-6.001, Florida Administrative Code.
Revised February 2015
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