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Iowa's Time of Transfer
What you can expect/
Procedure for TOT inspection
Tank and drain field are located. (Usually by getting a map from the county you live in. If the tank is older they may have to probe or run a camera if you are unsure as to where they are located.)
The tank will be pumped and visually inspected for any cracks, tree roots, etc.
The construction of the tank will be noted, as to a single or double compartment and condition of inlet and outlet baffles.
Distribution Box is dug up, and a flow test is conducted to make sure all lateral lines take adequate water and drain properly.
The mandated forms are filed with the county health department and the Iowa DNR.
The County Sanitarium is the department that makes the final decision if your septic system passes or fails.
Frequently Asked Questions
The new law requires that every property that has a functioning septic system on it be inspected prior to the sale or deed transfer of the home/building. Those systems that are inadequate must upgrade at time of sale or transfer.
Iowa has an estimated 100,000 buildings with septic systems that do not function adequately. The primary purpose of the program is to eliminate systems with no secondary treatment. These are the septic systems that have a septic tank, but do not have a leach field, sand filter or other secondary treatment device. Generally, these are the systems that pipe raw sewage directly into a road ditch or tile drain that flows to a ditch or stream. These systems are illegal and have been for many years.
A single septic system can deliver between one million and 100 million colony-forming units of bacteria per 100 milliliters of effluent. Put another way, extremely high levels of bacteria come from inadequately performing septic tanks. If discharged directly into a stream or road ditch, these high levels have the potential to expose people, primarily children, and pets to possible pathogens carried in the fecal material. The material coming from poorly functioning septic systems is also high in organic matter. As this material enters a stream it pulls oxygen out of the water as it decomposes, posing a hazard to fish and other aquatic life. As the material is diluted and carried downstream, it is also a potential pollutant for drinking water supplies that draw water from that stream.
If your septic system is working properly when inspected, it will not have to be upgraded to meet today’s code. Older systems may not have adequate capacity to meet current code, but still have a leach field or other secondary treatment that is working. These systems are less hazardous than those that have no secondary treatment and carry raw sewage to a ditch or stream.
There are some exemptions in the law for foreclosure, parent to child, and grandparent family transfers, divorce settlements and administration of an estate. For specifics, contact your attorney. Who can do inspections? A person with the appropriate experience and training can become a Certified Time of Transfer Inspector. To ensure uniformity of inspections, inspectors must be certified through a DNR training program.
As part of the certification training, inspectors are taught to use a uniform inspection procedure. They must also use a standard inspection worksheet throughout the state. The inspection law requires that all inspections are conducted according to department procedures.
DNR has been working hard to prevent delays in sales and ensure that there are enough inspectors to complete all needed inspections. Currently there are approximately 345 certified inspectors.
Inspection reports must be provided to the County Environmental Health staff (sanitarian) and the DNR. A copy of the inspection report must be attached to the Groundwater Hazard Statement before the deed can be transferred. Contact your county environmental health office.
There are basically two options if a property you are buying has a septic system that is not adequate. Option 1 is for the seller to fix the problem by upgrading the system prior to the sale. Option 2 is for buyer and seller to negotiate on price and who will fix the system. The sale can still go forward if there is a binding acknowledgment between the buyer and the County Board of Health that the system will be inspected and updated if necessary.
The Groundwater Hazard Statement has been modified to include a disclosure of septic systems on the property and whether an inspection has been completed. Provisions have been included for weather-delayed inspections. A binding acknowledgement between the buyer and the County Board of Health to conduct the inspection at the first possible opportunity must be attached to the Groundwater Hazard Statement.