Part of a thorough septic system inspection in Southbury, CT involves the use of a dye test as explained below. Team Sewer and Water includes the dye testing as part of their certified septic tank and drain field inspections required by the Pomperaug Health District which covers the towns of Southbury, Woodbury, and Oxford, Connecticut.
Septic System Loading and Dye Tests often requested by certain lenders involve flushing a special dye down a toilet or other drain combined with a known quantity of water sufficient to put a working load on the absorption system.
If wastewater leaks to the ground surface (an unsanitary condition indicating serious septic failure) one may find dye in that water provided the septic system is flowing at common rates.
Dyed effluent usually appears in 20-30 minutes on a failed system but can take up to five days to show up. If at a building inspection suspect wet areas are observed I recommend a dye test even if one was not previously requested.
When wet areas are not found (or created by running water into the septic system) on the property being inspected, dye tests may still be performed to meet the requirements of some lenders.
Although this test can often find a costly failure it does not find all possible problems. So by itself, a dye test is not indicative of the complete condition of the system. On the other hand, I've found so many failed systems with this procedure that it's well worth performing.
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