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Refinancing (or Selling) your home in Murrysville, PA? Watch Out for the Dye Test!

If you are a resident of Murrysville, PA, own an older home, and are looking to take advantage of the great rates currently available to refinance your home, be aware that the Municipality of Murrysville requires all residents who are connected to the public sewer to have a dye test and camera inspection of their sanitary sewer lateral for illegal storm or surface water connections to the public sewer system.  This inspection is performed by the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority (FTMSA) at a cost of $350.

While dye tests have been common for the sale of homes, this ordinance passed in September 2010 also requires homeowners to have the test done prior to a refinance. The catch is that many of the older homes in our area have terracotta lines that are susceptible to tree root infiltrations or cracks over time. If the dye test or camera picks up problems, you will be responsible for having your sewer line replaced, at your cost, prior to being able to refinance. Since this can be many thousands of dollars you may need to consider if the payback on the refinance will justify the cost of replacing your sewer line. In an added problem, it appears that if you have the test done and discover a problem, even if you change your mind on the refinance you may still be required to make the repair within 60 days. Click here to read more about the requirements.

In one neighborhood in Murrysville, three recent sales required replacement lines. One seller had to spend over $10K on the replacement of the line. And you can be sure as a seller, that your buyer will expect you to pick up this cost.

With many homes in Murrysville 20, 30 or 40+ years old you can expect that this will become a problem should you decide to refinance or sell, be sure to consider the cost as part of your calculation when planning either change.

Buying or Selling a home in Pittsburgh? Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-309-1758 (direct) or visit my website at www.bestpittsburghhomes.com.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsChrista Ross • February 02 2012 09:10AM


Good preventive measures but wow really could be costly to a homeowner. This sounds like something that would be good on preventive measures but only when you have the ability to pay the price if the test comes back showing problems.

Good post for your consumers!

Posted by Jamie R. Bell, Your Central CT Realtor (Bell Realty Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NEP) over 8 years ago

Our town still has terricotta pipes so they would be up the creek on this rule as theirs might be older than the ones coming from the homes in our historical area.

Posted by Gwen Fowler-864-916-2019 SC Mountains Lakes Homes, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc. (Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc) over 8 years ago

I feel for homeowners that may be in distress and could be helped by a refinance, but might incur a huge cost to replace a sewer line. If they are already having problems making ends meet this could be the straw that breaks the camels back.

Posted by Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes (RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist) over 8 years ago