Yard Sewage Clean-Up Services in Lexington

Smell something strange in your yard? See a puddle of brown water accumulating beside the driveway? You could have a sewage problem on your hands. Read on to know what yard sewage is and how to safely clean up yard sewage. 

What Is Yard Sewage?

Yard sewage is the flow that occurs when your sewer pipes break and sewage ultimately collects in the yard. This often comprises of sewage coming from indoor plumbing as well as sewage coming from the kitchen and other parts of the house. Yard sewage can be a minor or major problem depending on the size of the break. However, this type of problem needs to be repaired right away, since raw exposed sewage poses health and safety hazards if left unattended. Ultimately the water damage it may cost you more expense, inconvenience, and pose serious health risks if the problem is allowed to go unfixed.

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How Do Yard Sewage Accidents Happen?

Yard sewage problems occur when:

  • Pipes rupture 
  • Pipes are corroded and break down 
  • Pipe fittings become loose 
  • Tree roots cause pipe damage 

It is important to check your sewer lines regularly for any potential problems to avoid sudden breaks and leaks that can leak sewage into your yard. There are telltale signs of an impending sewage break. Blocked indoor plumbing, a yard that smells of sewage, pooling of water in the yard, unusually fertile or healthy areas in your lawn, unexplained buckling of the ground or the driveway, spongy or moist spots on the floor, cracks in the house foundation and unexplained increase in the number of flies, roaches and other pests in your basement are just a few things to look out for. 

When two or more signs appear at the same time, it is best to conduct an inspection. A yearly inspection by the local plumber is often enough to make sure that potential problems like small leaks and rotting spots are fixed before they get worse.

  • Mechanical damage (damage as a result of digging, construction, etc.) 
  • Broken pipes as a result of earthquakes 
  • Other causes that cause damage to existing sewer lines

How Do You Fix Yard Sewage Issues?

The first step for dealing with yard sewage issues is to cordon off the affected area. Exposure to raw sewage poses a multitude of health and safety risks for many, especially young children and pets. Exposed sewage can attract pests and insects that can transmit the disease to animals and humans. It can also lead to yard water damage, especially if you are growing crops or have furniture in your yard. Putting a barrier between the occupants of the house and the sewage is crucial so that it is contained in one area and no one accidentally comes in contact with the sewage.

You may be asking if you can fix yard sewage issues by yourself. You can try to fix minor leaks, such as hairline breaks on the sewage pipes that is causing sewage to leak through. However, it is always best to have professionals handle sewage pipe problems, since a problem that may appear minor to an untrained eye may reveal substantial damage when examined by professionals. Sewage pipe problems can be hidden underground and minor leakages can be indications of a rotting pipe that is just waiting to burst. Opt for a professional examination by a plumber from the get-go so you can be sure that you’re not going to be putting a band-aid on a potentially devastating problem that will cost you more in the long run.

How To Deal With Minor Spills

Minor spills are usually those that involve less than 10 gallons of sewage. These situations are small enough to be handled without professional help, although professional help is always ideal especially if you don’t have protective equipment.

The first step is to wear protective clothing. Locate the spill and the source of the spill and cordon the area off to prevent other family members from getting access to the spill. Wear rubber gloves, boots, and goggles, and a mask since microbes from sewage can enter through breaks in the skin, the nose, mouth, and even the eyes. Don’t have these things lying around? Use a plastic wrap, an old pair of sneakers wrapped in plastic to make it waterproof and protect your eyes using a pair of shades.

The next step is to contain the spill. Turn off water sources that may be causing the puddle to spread and contain the exposed sewage in one area with dirt or sandbags. Next, clean up the spill. Minor spills may be easier to clean up using garden lime which you can sprinkle over the spill. Let it stand overnight. Once the lime has hardened, scoop or shovel the debris and throw in a trash bag.

The final step is to disinfect affected areas with a bleach and water solution. Scrub the area with this solution but make sure that it doesn’t flow down to drainage areas or bodies of water. Also, avoid pouring the solution on the ground or grassy areas.

It is important to remember that even if you are dealing with minor spills, you need to wait for the pros if you don’t have any protective equipment that you can use to contain the spill. No matter how minor, sewage poses a serious threat to your health especially when it comes in contact with skin or when inhaled. Exposed sewage also poses damaging consequences to your local environment.

How To Deal With Major Sewage Spills

Major sewage spills will need professional equipment to contain, remove, and decontaminate. Call the local pumper truck or sewage cleanup team. These teams often have the equipment and solutions needed to tackle a major spill, such as vacuum tankers and industrial-grade decontamination solutions. While you wait, it is best to keep kids and pets away from the affected area. Cordon it off with a rope or other obstacles, or use dirt or sandbags to keep the spill from spreading.

Call ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services if there’s a sewage spill in your property, no matter how small. Professional help is always ideal especially because you need to act fast to contain a spill and decontaminate affected areas.

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Who We Are

ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services is dedicated to providing residents and businesses in central Kentucky with outstanding service at a time when things are upside down. We have been in this field since 1929, and we understand what it’s like to go through a major disaster. Let us help you get your life back to normal.

What We Do

ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services provides disaster relief services. Our experienced team is always at the ready, and we work quickly and efficiently to make sure your home or business is cleaned up properly. We use our expertise to troubleshoot problems and do a clean up that is thorough and professional. Contact us for help when you need it! We’ll take good care of you.

Location

ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services
1034 Nandino Blvd
Lexington, KY 40511

Phone

(859) 309-9964

Email

d.collier@svmfireandwater.com