Although every municipality has different regulations and codes, typically, all homes that are connected to the sewer are required to obtain a compliance certificate before they can be sold. If your home is connected to a sanitary sewer, the only way you can obtain the necessary certificate is for your home to pass a dye test.
What is the Purpose of a Dye Test?
Rainwater runoff can overload the sewer systems, so there should be no outdoor drains leaking into your sewer. This can lead to sewage backups and other major sewage issues. Dye tests are performed to make sure that stormwater is not entering the sewer through cracked or damaged sewer pipes.
In order to sell your home, you have to certify that the sewers are working as required. If the dye test determines that there is an issue with the sewer system, such as a crack or compromise line, you will need to have it repaired before you can sell the home.
What Happens if My Home Fails the Dye Test?
In the past, if your home failed a dye test, it meant having to dig up your sewer line to determine the issue and repair it. This would lead to more expenses due to having to tear up trees, sidewalks, driveways, and in some cases, even roads.
Thankfully, today sewer pipe cameras enable plumbers to find the issue in a less invasive way. Trenchless sewer line repair is another technological advancement that allows plumbers to inject a new pipe into the damaged one to seal the line and can be done for a fraction of the cost of digging up the line.
If your home fails the dye test, be sure to hire a trusted plumber to ensure that you explore all options for repair.
Need to Schedule a Dye Test? Pittsburgh Drain Guys Has You Covered!
At Pittsburgh Drain Guys, we can perform a dye test for your home before your property hits the market. If your home fails, we can help you repair your sewer system and bring your property up to regulation. For all of your dye testing needs in Pittsburgh, contact Pittsburgh Drain Guys today.