Dye Testing

The Borough, along with every other separate sewer municipality served by ALCOSAN is under a Consent Decree (“ACO”) dated March 24, 2004. Please see article below titled “Consent Decree”.

Dye Testing Procedures for the Sale of a Home
A “Dye Test Payment” form must be completed and a fee paid prior to scheduling the dye test. The homeowner must choose a plumber from the Borough’s List of Registered Plumbers. Once a plumber has been chosen, have the plumber contact the Superintendent of Sanitary Sewers at 412-850-5030 to schedule a dye test. After the dye test is done, the homeowner may choose any plumber he/she wishes to correct the defects/repairs if the sewer lateral dye test fails. If the dye test fails, either repairs have to be made to the sewer lateral or a Sewer Lateral Defects Agreement must be completed and submitted along with a proposal from the plumber and an escrow amount stipulated by the plumber’s proposal prior to closing. The escrow check must be payable to the Borough of Fox Chapel and is deposited in the Borough’s accounts. The Borough generally pays the escrow amount directly to the plumber who has submitted the proposal to correct the defects. It is important to schedule the dye test as soon as the property is listed as the entire process can take several weeks.

During inclement weather periods (snow and ice conditions), dye testing procedures will be halted due to frozen ground conditions. In lieu of a dye test being performed during this period, an Inclement Weather Agreement (ensuring that a dye test will be performed once weather permits) must be signed by both sellers and buyers, notarized and submitted with a $1,000 check payable to the Borough of Fox Chapel. (The Borough holds the escrow amount.) Dye testing generally resumes in late March or April depending on weather conditions. Homeowners and buyers are encouraged to enter into a separate agreement regarding any additional costs associated with repairing the sewer lateral if the dye test fails.

In addition to the above you may need to contact the Real Estate Tax Collector if you are in need of a real estate tax certification. The current real estate tax collector is Jordan Tax Service, 412-345-7962

Contact the Fox Chapel Authority for payment of Water and Sewage Bills at 412-963-0212.

Pertaining to the Borough’s sewer system, the Borough’s Sanitary Sewer Operation and Maintenance Plan is available to the public in the Borough office located at 401 Fox Chapel Road.