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A well-maintained yard is an asset for every homeowner. But what happens when you need to deal with sewage creating an unsightly presence in it?
Although it doesn’t happen very often, you may notice an unfortunate situation of your septic tank or sewer line overflowing in the yard every once in a while. This can be caused due to clogging and overflowing and can ruin the aesthetics of an otherwise beautiful yard. What’s worse is if you need to deal with the issue just before hosting an event in your yard.
In this guide, we will share some tips to help you deal with sewage in the yard. Don’t worry; it’s not as overwhelming as it sounds, especially if you tackle the issue early on. When it comes to dealing with a faulty septic tank or sewer line, it is best not to procrastinate the task and get it repaired as soon as possible.
So without further ado, let’s get right into it.
Raw sewage is extremely unpleasant to deal with under any circumstances. Not just that, an overflowing or leaking septic tank or sewage system should be a major cause of concern for any homeowner.
That being said, dealing with sewage in your yard can be challenging, not to mention overwhelming. If you own a private septic system, the burden of repairing the issue and facing the costs fall directly on you. However, homes that are served by local council septic systems can get assistance from the local council sewer department.
Here are a few essential steps that can help you deal with the issue of sewage in your yard.
More often than not, you will require professional assistance to identify the origin of the issue. However, the method to go about it will vary depending on several external factors.
For example, if you own a private septic system, the best thing you can do is hire a professional from a local septic company. The hired professional will be in a position to assess the situation and diagnose the issue correctly. Not just that, they can also provide septic tank and sewage line cleaning services to remove the blockage or other issues you may be facing.
Keep in mind that you will be required to bear all the expenses – from the initial inspection to hiring a professional for their services. You can try and look for local septic companies that offer a free inspection of your yard, as this may help save some money. Additionally, it also enables you to gauge the competence of the professional you wish to hire.
In case you are served by a local council septic system, the method of going about it will be slightly different.
First, you should take the time to identify the root of the issue – is it originating from within your home or outside the home? You can verify this by asking your neighbours if they are facing similar problems with sewage in their yards.
Once you have done this, contact your local council sewer department for further assistance. In most cases, the issue is caused due to clogging and blockage in the main sewer line.
However, it will be your responsibility to hire a professional plumber to get it fixed if the issue originates from within your home.
Raw sewage is not only unsightly and gross, but it can also have profound health implications. As such, it is best to stay away from raw sewage in your yard and allow the health department to deal with it. Ensure that you keep your family members and pets away from the area till it has been cleaned thoroughly.
Your local health department should immediately send over inspectors to your location to assess the issue. Depending on the situation and the cause of the issue, certain steps can be taken to fix the sewage problem.
You may be required to hire professional sewer cleaning services. Alternatively, the health inspectors may assist you with cleaning up the issue yourself – if it is deemed to be not too hazardous. The health department may also offer their cleanup and repair services.
One of the most important precautions to take is to cordon off the affected area as soon as you notice a sewer spill. If you have children or pets at home, ensure that they are kept indoors until the health department has dealt with the problem at hand.
Furthermore, it is best to put up warning signs around the area to warn other people of the issue. In case you need to step into the affected area, ensure that you put on appropriate safety gear first and seek professional help before attempting to clean the area.
Lastly, remember that it is never a good idea to bury the sewer spill or the affected area with soil from your yard. Although it may seem like a temporary fix, doing so will lead to graver problems in the future which may be challenging to deal with – not to mention highly hazardous.
An essential piece of advice during this crucial time would be to conserve as much water as possible. The primary reason behind this is that flushing the toilet or using the garbage disposal will cause the already overflowing sewer line situation to worsen. It is imperative to conserve water during this process until the repair is complete.
That said, if the sewer line overflow is severe, we recommend moving out of the house temporarily till the issue is resolved. It is best to stay at a safe distance and allow the professionals to deal with the issue at hand first before moving back home.
Sewer line cleanup and repairs are not only time-consuming and laborious but also costly. It is best to speak to your insurance agent at the earliest to determine whether your insurance covers the repairs or not.
In most cases, you can purchase the insurance cover separately. However, it is best to check beforehand.
Dealing with sewage in your yard can be overwhelming. However, it can be tricky to address the issue and fix it without adequate knowledge of where the root of the problem lies.
As such, it is always best to call for professional help as soon as you notice the signs of an overflowing or leaking sewer line. Don’t attempt to deal with the sewage problem yourself unless you have been advised to do so by the health department.
Moreover, taking certain precautions can help you reduce the risk of such issues occurring. That being said, it is never possible to eliminate the risk of sewage issues, so it works in your best interest to be prepared for every situation.
On that note, stay safe!