The purpose of A Dye Test Inspection is to certify that rain water or other extraneous sources of water do not enter the Sanitary Sewer System. This certification is not all inclusive and makes no representation as to the suitability or functionality of the Sanitary Sewer Lateral inspected, it is intended to merely confirm that there is no infiltration and inflow into the Municipal Owned Sanitary Sewer System.
For more information on this requirement, Link to Municipal Ordinance 1-13-86B
Dye Test FAQ’s
WHEN DO I NEED A DYE TEST INSPECTION?
All commercial and residential property deeded or sold in Bethel Park Municipality require a Dye Test to be completed (if one has not been performed and certified within the last two years.) A $25. processing fee is required before the Dye Test Certification can be issued and the address is released to Jordan Tax Service. An Occupancy inspection is not required.
WHY DO I NEED A DYE TEST
To confirm that there is no infiltration and inflow into the Municipal Owned Sanitary Sewer System.
WHO CAN PERFORM A DYE TEST?
Dye Tests must be performed by a plumber that is licensed in Allegheny County.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A DYE TEST IS DONE?
The Licensed Plumber will check the location of the downspouts, driveway drains, yard drains, etc., to verify they aren’t entering the Sanitary Sewer System. The Licensed Plumber will need access to the dwelling to verify where sump pumps exit the dwelling and also locate the Fresh Air Vent to ensure it is not receiving ground water. Not having a Fresh Air Vent is not a violation, however, video proof will be needed to show that no Fresh Air Vent exists.
HOW DO I GET A DYE TEST PACKET?
Please call (412) 831-6800, ext. 205 or “0” to request the Dye Test packet of information. There is a 48-hour turnaround for the availability of the Dye Test packet of information, so please plan accordingly.
Notice: Municipal engineering staff randomly perform inspections with the licensed plumber present to ensure compliance. If your Dye Test packet indicates your property needs Bethel Park staff present, follow the instructions provided on the letter.
WHAT IF MY PLUMBER FINDS A VIOLATION?
Violations must be corrected prior to the sale of a home or business, a Municipal Building Code Official should be contacted to inspect and sign off on the Dye Test form certifying that the issue has been corrected. If the violation cannot be corrected prior to the sale, please call the Municipality for more information.
WHAT IF MY PROPERTY WAS DEEDED OR SOLD WITHOUT A DYE TEST?
Property owners that have already deeded or sold their property without a Dye Test being completed, passed and certified by the Municipality will receive notification via official letter that a Dye Test is required. Non-compliance will result in a Citation being issued by the Municipality.