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nepps22 03-06-2013 04:21 PM

Help!!
 
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I noticed something on my basement floor... whatever it is seems to be coming from a small hole in my basement wall. The substance is running directly into the sump pump and is only in the one spot in the basement. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? It has the consistancy and looks like motor oil. We live in the city and therefor are on the city's septic system. The house was built in the early 1900's. I have no idea what to do or even who to call to check this out so any help would be greatly appreciated!

nealtw 03-06-2013 04:31 PM

The only sure way to know is to take a sample to a lab and have it tested. Any chance you have an oil tank barried in the yard.

nepps22 03-06-2013 04:34 PM

I bought the house 4 years ago and there was no sign of this problem until recently... I suppose it is possible that there is an old tank buried in the yard

nealtw 03-06-2013 07:03 PM

If it is oil, you would think that you would see a slick on top of the water, which I can't see. You could look for that.
I would take a sample for testing and see what it is.

CallMeVilla 03-07-2013 05:36 PM

Call the City HAZMAT or Sewage Department ... This could be seepage from a toxic source ... and they will do the analysis for free.

Hehehehe :D

Fireguy5674 03-08-2013 11:10 AM

Yep your right Villa, then they will want you to dig up the yard and pay for mitigation of the problem. I think the scariest thing you can hear is:

"I am from the government and I am here to help." :rolleyes:

Blue Jay 03-08-2013 06:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Fireguy5674 (Post 84571)
Yep your right Villa, then they will want you to dig up the yard and pay for mitigation of the problem. I think the scariest thing you can hear is:

"I am from the government and I am here to help." :rolleyes:

Amen, best to get a sample tested your self:hide:

CallMeVilla 03-09-2013 06:20 PM

When talking to a newbie, I try to take the least diffficult direction. Yes, government might go absolutely nutts over this. Does Nepps want to pay for a private analysis? Fine. Go for it. Then what?? Maybe we have to wait for the results to come back ...

Fireguy5674 03-10-2013 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by CallMeVilla (Post 84611)
When talking to a newbie, I try to take the least diffficult direction. Yes, government might go absolutely nutts over this. Does Nepps want to pay for a private analysis? Fine. Go for it. Then what?? Maybe we have to wait for the results to come back ...

From having been on the "Government side" as a fire officer, I know how these things can get crazy. You end up with files of paperwork and silliness over things that don't amount to much. Hopefully the whole thing will be minor.


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