Added Inspections – Septic

Septic Systems:
PIE does not perform septic inspections, however we can provide guidance and referrals on these inspections.

If the property has a septic system, you should be aware of the State of New
Mexico regulations which apply to septic systems when a property is sold.
Information on this subject can be obtained from the State Environmental Department
website www.nmenv.state.nm.us

The State of New Mexico Liquid Waste Disposal and Treatment Regulations, 20.7.3
NMAC

Section .902 stipulates:
Operation and Maintenance requirements AND INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS AT TIME
OF TRANSFER:

A. The owner of an on-site liquid waste system, including systems existing
prior to the effective date of this regulation, shall be responsible for properly
operating and maintaining the system in accordance with the recommendations
of the manufacturer or designer of the system.

B. The owner of an advanced treatment system installed after the effective
date of this regulation shall enter into a department approved maintenance
contract with a maintenance service provider that will assure maintenance of
the system in accordance with the recommendations of the manufacturer or designer
of the system. A maintenance contract shall be in effect at all times.

C. Household hazardous waste and high strength waste shall not be introduced
into the system.

D. Any spillage that may occur during tank pumpout shall be cleaned up immediately
and the spill area disinfected with a sodium or calcium hypochloride solution.

E. Prior to the transfer of a property with an existing on-site liquid waste
system, the current system owner shall have the system inspected and evaluated
by an inspector.

(1) For conventional systems:

(a) the sludge and scum levels shall be determined and the septic tank pumped
as needed;

(b) the effluent filters shall be cleaned and replaced if damaged or not
found in place; and

(c) the disposal area shall be visually evaluated for proper operation.

(2) For advanced treatment systems:

(a) the sludge and scum levels in the primary tank shall be determined and
the tank pumped as needed;

(b) the effluent filters shall be cleaned and replaced if damaged or not
found in place if a filter is applicable to the system;

(c) the disposal area shall be visually evaluated for proper operation; and

(d) an amendment of permit reflecting ownership change is required pursuant
to Subsection E of 20.7.3.403 NMAC.

(3) Inspections shall be recorded on forms approved by the department. Inspection
reports shall be kept on file by the inspector of the on-site liquid waste
system. Inspectors shall submit to the department copies of all inspection
reports, whether completed or not, within 15 days of the inspection. Corrective
actions required pursuant to the inspection report shall be completed within
15 additional days. In addition, all inspection reports shall include the global
positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the tank. Once an inspection is requested,
all results, whether complete or not, shall be submitted to the department.

F. In the event of a failed system, that includes, but is not limited to
disposal fields, the owner shall remedy the failed system with department approval.
[20.7.3.902
NMAC – N, 9/1/05]

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Other Inspections To Be Considered:

The need for these inspections should be considered so that the property evaluation is complete and the most well informed purchase decision can be made. We can provide guidance regarding these inspections.