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Diagnostic Dye Test

A septic dye diagnostic test is typically performed to determine if the septic system is failing or there are signs of system compromise. The current industry-standard protocol calls for tracer dye to be flushed through the system along with 50 gallons of water per bedroom – in an uninterrupted flow from an unrestricted tap. If water is found to be pooling or flooding the septic field, and/or water is found to be backing up into the house, it is considered to be a strong indication of septic system failure, and a septic system inspection may be in order.

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Your Septic System

An inspection involves opening, pumping ($300 alone), and examining the septic tank – including photographing the interior of the tank, opening all the junction boxes out in the absorption (leach) fields and perhaps probing the leach pits (trenches) and even opening a section of pipe for examination (a lot of digging). And sometimes sending a video scope cable down the drain lines to examine for damage or obstructions in the line. This type of inspection, obviously very invasive, often takes an entire day and the work of at least two people and costs hundreds of dollars. This is why the septic dye test (at $75) is typically the first course of action when examining the performance of a septic system. While not necessarily 100% conclusive, the septic dye diagnostic test can be a useful indicator that a septic system is operating as we would expect it to – or – that further inspection is needed.

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Serving Westchester – Putnam – Dutchess – Orange – Rockland – Columbia Counties

Initial Evaluation

There are some fast and inexpensive tests that we can perform that will rule out issues or indicate that further testing should be conducted.

In-depth Evaluation

If initial testing indicates that there may be septic issues then we can perform some more invasive tests that will provide a clearer picture.


Our services necessarily include a findings report. You can use your report to become a more informed homeowner and you can also give a copy of it to a technician if you’re in need of repairs.