Is there an extremely foul odor emanating from your crawl space? There’s a good chance that you have a sewage leak.
Your crawl space may be an unused and dark space that you hardly think about, but it plays a significant role in the function and health of your home. Many houses with crawl spaces have their utilities running through the crawl space. These include plumbing, sewer lines, HVAC lines, and electrical cables. Technicians will typically access them through the crawl space for repair and maintenance.
When you experience a sewage backup, your crawl space will be the first part of your home that takes a hit. The release of sewage will contaminate the soil in the crawl space and can result in:
- A foul smell
The contaminated soil will release toxic fumes into the crawl space. These will travel by stack effect through the floorboards into the house above. It will make staying in your home unbearable. The gases that enter the home may also compromise the air quality in your home and cause you to be sick.
- Breeding of mold and bacteria
The contaminated soil forms the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Mold spores and bacteria can also get distributed into your home through the stack effect. They will circulate in your home and cause you to be ill.
- Attract pests
The contaminated soil in your crawl space will attract pests such as rodents. These may, in turn, infest your home. These pests are not only a nuisance but can also carry disease-causing organisms and deposit them in your home.
What to do when you have a sewage leak
- If you’ve noticed a foul smell in your crawl space, be sure to keep your children or pets away from the area. Fence it off if you have to.
- Get in touch with a professional crawlspace waterproofing contractor to have your space inspected. They will determine the cause of the smell. They will also have the right equipment and experience to remove the contaminated soil.
- Ensure that you invest in crawlspace waterproofing following the repair of the sewage line. It will keep your crawl space clean and dry.
Crawlspace waterproofing and dealing with contaminated soil are not DIY jobs. You could do more harm than good if the room is not cleaned or appropriately waterproofed. Leave these jobs to the professionals for the best long-term results.
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