06:56AM | 06/15/01
Member Since: 06/14/01
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I just bought an old 1930's house that has a crawl space that is 5 ft(hard packed dirt) for half the area and 3 ft(loose dirt) for the other half. I found a split crack in part of the waste water/sewer steel pipe under the house that has been spilling waste from the kitchen, laundry room and a half bath. Not sure how long this has been going on since I just bought the house. I have fixed the leak but I notice a smell in the house that I think is coming from the soil under the old leak.
What can I do to de-smell the soil and generally fix up the crawl space. I am more concerned with the 3 ft section since it is not used for storage.

Jay J

10:43AM | 06/15/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi clarkhair,

Well, it depends. If the smell is in the dirt, itself, just because it's in a crawlspace, then you may need to 'encapsulate' the dirt. If, however, the smell if from the 'rotting stuff' that leaked into the dirt, then by removing it, and replacing it with 'fresh' dirt may help.

I'm not sure if pouring any type of 'chemicals' will work. I think you need to excavate the 'bad dirt' and replace it w/fresh dirt. The way to keep the crawlspace 'clean' is to ventilate it (assuming you're leaving it as a dirt crawl.) This will help to dry out the TOPmost portion of the dirt. You can start by introducing a dehumidifier to see how it goes. Beyond that, you need to cover it w/6 mil poly or concrete.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

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