Lexington Crawl Space Sewage Spills

What Is Crawl Space Sewage?

Crawl spaces are unfinished, unoccupied narrow spaces underneath buildings between the first floor and the ground floor. Crawl spaces are named so because typically there is only enough room for crawling rather than standing. Anything taller than a meter and a half of space would be considered a basement rather than a crawlspace.

Often, crawl spaces are built when it would be too expensive or impractical to build a basement. Your home’s crawlspace would give you access to heating and cooling systems, electrical wiring, and plumbing repairs if needed. When sewage seeps into your crawl space, this is called crawl space sewage.

How Do You Deal With Crawl Space Sewage?

Dealing with crawlspace sewage in your crawl space will require a professional examination of the sewage ejector pump to remove any other blockages pending and to assure that the right sewage grinder pump type, piping, and check valves have been installed. You will need to contact and hire a Lexington water damage restoration company to help.

Checking for mechanical equipment that may be contaminated is the next step. If the appliances, fixtures, and water supply of the building have been contaminated, these will need to be disinfected or perhaps even replaced.

Any potential mistakes on the HVAC systems of the buildings such as contaminated duct systems of the air conditioner or the warm air heat will need to be addressed and repaired. Measures to assure soil contaminated with sewage had not been tracked into any living spaces and if they were, going through the appropriate cleaning methods. Surface tests will reveal possible contaminants from sewage.

When dealing with crawlspace sewage, contaminated areas need to be disinfected properly by professionals. Disinfectants and sanitizers are used other than just diluted simple bleach. This will depend on which materials and surfaces need treatment. Replacing and inspection of materials contaminated will need to be done so that your crawl space will be safe once more.

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Brennan Turley
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My insurance agent gave me a list of numbers and Service Master respond to my call within a couple of hours and had someone at my house started on my flooded basement by midmorning. Everyone I spoke with throughout the process was professional and knew what they were doing.
Lauren Nielson
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Highly recommend this company! Tuesday afternoon, I came home on my lunch break and stepped into ankle deep water thanks to our water heater busting. We have a one story house on a slab and every single room in the house was flooded. Within a couple hours we had someone from ServiceMaster come out to our house to take a look and he was very nice. He left with the promise that he was going to get his guys out that night to start the cleanup process and he made good on that promise. Within 20-30 minutes of leaving our house, he called to let us know when his guys would be coming. They moved all of our stuff and hooked up so much equipment to help dry our house. I am grateful to these employees for how long they stayed at our house in order to get everything done. Thanks to the quick response on their part, our baseboards and drywall were saved. Thank you for making this terrible situation not so terrible!

How Does Crawl Space Sewage Happen?

Crawlspace sewage happens with sewage backups and broken sewage pipes. Not surprisingly, both of these scenarios would cause a lot of distress. You may not even realize that there is sewage in your property, which is particularly stressful. Most people don’t think there is any toxic sewage material in their crawl space. At times, sewage only gets discovered the moment a smell occurs and it gets so bad, or if there are plumbing issues that were not there before. 

There can be serious property and health damage that crawl space sewage can cause. Speak to trained professionals that can fix this property as soon as possible. When you leave crawl space sewage untreated, unhealthy pathogens can seep into the crawl space soil. The sewage and toxic fumes can also enter through the HVAC system and other avenues. 

How to Deal With Crawl Space Sewage?

How do you deal with crawl space sewage? Raw, spilled sewage into your crawl space is going to mean the inconvenience of regular water damage with added health risks. Any backup or blockage that occurs in the main lines of the sewers will affect your home’s lowest points first. For the influx of raw sewage, your basement is thus ground zero. To deal with crawl space sewage, make sure you call a professional. Remember, there is a good reason that teams for sewage remediation look like a nuclear accident cleaning up crew. 

They usually wear face masks, eye-protective gear, a hazmat suit and head to toe protection. The reason is that crawl space sewage ma contains E.coli bacteria, Hepatitis B viruses, and other parasites that cause water-borne illnesses. Frequently identified components even include the poliomyelitis virus. You can even get infected just by breathing in the fumes of your crawl space sewage. As a responsible homeowner, deal with this by avoiding breathing any fumes from the sewage. Keep the pets and kids away and stay out of the basement. Instead, call a professional team with years of experience fixing crawl space sewage.

Can Mold Grow After a Sewage Spill In My Crawl Space?

Generally, the growth of mold could also happen within forty-eight hours in dark, moist places. Crawl spaces where sewage has seeped are the perfect location for the growth of mold because these are the conditions necessary to cultivate spores. Keep in mind that the longer this situation has left untreated, the more mold grows. Call professional crawl space sewage experts because the right gear and machinery is necessary to fix a crawl space with sewage that leaked in. With every type of pathogen possibly in this vicinity, it is important not to try to do this yourself. 

Avoid health problems by leaving your crawl space sewage issues to us. We have the right respirator masks and protective suits to deal with the problem safely. Toxic fumes that may be seeping into your home may also occur in the process of sewage removal. Professionals will usually seal off the area contaminated using sheeting made of plastic. 

Why Should You Call ServiceMaster For a Crawl Space Spill?

You need to call ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services the moment you notice crawl space sewage. The reason is that damaged building materials due to all the sewage leaking inwards could cause your foundation to become weaker. Sweave can damage and soak your building the same way water does. Left too long, the integrity of your building could get damaged which if untreated could cause the need for expensive repairs. 

Most folks don’t store a lot of stuff in crawl spaces. If you do, a restoration company will usually clean and remove everything that can be salvaged. Extensive damage may cause extensive damage. In this case, it will need to be disposed of properly.  Remember, in a crawlspace, sewage backup will cause an extreme, foul odor. When there is a clog in the main sewer line, this can cause water to back up into the pipes and start spilling into the crawl spaces. Backups in your sewage lines can lead to extensive damage such as damage to wooden support posts and mold growth. Our team at ServiceMaster has years of experience dealing with crawlspace sewage and we have all the gear and know-how to fix the problem immediately.

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