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rajivsab 11-24-2007 06:06 PM

Sewage Under House: How To Remove Smell
Hi, the main sewage drain under my house developed a leak and although now fixed I am left with the smell of sewage that I would like to neutralize safely. I spread an household antibacterial solution (Lysol) to take care of the bacteria and it is reasonably dry, although a little damp down there. My plumber recommended I spread Lime under the house. Are there any powder products I can spread down under the house crawl space to neutralize the odor without harming the occupants? Calcium Oxide but I read a bulletin from NJ saying this is harmful for the lungs.

Many thanks for a speedy response.

glennjanie 11-24-2007 08:17 PM

Hydrated lime is a powder that can be obtained at the nearby gardening outlet, Wal-Mart perhaps. Just sprinkle 2 or 3 bags on the space. It will cover the odor and speed the decomposition.

rajivsab 11-25-2007 12:40 PM

What Type of Lime to use?
Lowe's has a 50 lb bag, Type "S" Hydrated Lime made by Chemstar used for mixing in Concrete I believe. The link is:

And then there's the "Garden Lime" variety 5lb bag which is less toxic I believe.

Here's that link:

Which one to use for my purpose? I believe the Chemstar one will need a mask and careful precaution. I do have 2 ground heaters sitting in the crawl space and that stuff may come into the house so maybe the garden variety will be safer for the occupants. What do you think?

many thanks.


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