A Septic System Loading and Dye Test involves flushing a special florescent dye down a toilet with a known quantity of water sufficient to put a working load on the absorption system. The dye stains the water and is simply a colored indicator that can identify water found outside as having come from the septic system where the dye was introduced. If waste water leaks to the ground surface (an unsanitary condition indication serious septic failure) one may find dye in that water or on the surface of the ground. Dyed effluent usually appears in 20-30 minutes on a failed system. The drain and leach fields are carefully walked and inspected for evidence of dye.
Septic Dye Testing and Report
With Home Inspection $100
Without Home Inspection $150
The-Home Inspector well inspection will include:
- An inspection of all well components, including the well cap, pump bladder and equipment, piping and wiring.
- A cycled flow test to determine the well turn on and turn off pressures, by running through several cycles. The interval between the pump turn off and turn on cycles, helps determine the integrity and holding capacity of the well bladder.
- A flow rate test to determine system output in gallons per minute.
- A general description of water quality; color, clarity, appearance, staining and odor.