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Danimal, Home Buyer in 15146

When purchasing a home is a sewer line dye test done by a municipality usually sufficient or should i have a plumber also inspect the lines.?

Asked by Danimal, 15146 Thu Aug 5, 2010

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Get it checked by a licensed and insured plumber.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 22, 2014
I think that just to be completely sure that the home you are purchasing is in good condition, you should probably get it checked by a plumber. Since there are so many issues that can occur with sewer lines, it's best to be sure. Then you won't be getting into anything that will come with a lot of problems without you being aware of it. http://www.waltersenviro.com/drain-sewer-line-cleaning.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 22, 2014
I'm not totally sure. To be fair, though, the state of most sewer connections in old homes is truly horrendous. A cleaning can help, but I don't know if there's a good long term solution. Sewage systems have drastically improved in the last few decades and any older homes are likely to be behind-the-times.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 1, 2014
Danimal - I had an inspection on a home in Monroeville today and this very question came up. We discussed with our inspector and he suggested that the dye test would be adequate. You still might want to find out if the municipality is going to us a camera during there inspection (I believe that they do but not 100% sure). If so then there is nothing really additional that would need to be done.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 7, 2010

I like to be safe, so I would hire the plumber. In my experience, and especially now days, you should be able to find a reasonably priced plumber. Once you get it done professionally, you will never worry about it again. Isn't that worth the money?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010
Monroeville does one of the most thorough dye tests anywhere. It is actually performed by the municipality rather than by a plumber of the seller's choice. I would also get a sewer "cam test", where a fiber optic camera is sent down the sewer line. I use A1 Sewer Cleaning Specialist (412) 664-4212. They are very good and come on short notice. They can make you a tape or a DVD. I was actually able to stream the DVD for some California buyers.

They told me that terra cotta lines were rarely used after 1973. Terra Cotta have the highest risk of needing replacement. Also the number of trees in your front yard are a component of risk, and a steep yard will increase the potential cost of sewer line replacement.

For information on other hazards, such as maps of undermined areas...see my website or contact me.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010
Hi Danimal,

If they are doing the sewage lateral line inspection, they would be using a camera to look into the lines...that should be sufficient. If you want, you could ask to be present for the inspection or review the tape at the municipal building afterwards.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010
It sounds like you are talking about a septic inspection. If you are, a dye test is not sufficient and you should have an open tank inspection by a licensed septic inspector. All a dye test shows is that water goes from the house to the system, but not that the system is functioning properly once the water/waste goes there. Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010
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