When To Seek Professional Help For Contaminated Soil

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December 5th, 2020

Contaminated soil has the ability to negatively impact your home’s groundwater, garden crops, and overall environment—but can ultimately be dealt with through soil remediation. Soil remediation is an important undertaking to ensure that your land isn’t contaminated by unwanted sediments and chemicals.

The question then becomes: When can I say that my soil is in need of remediation? While most warning signs of the occurrence of contamination aren’t things you’ll be able to spot with the naked eye, some signs can be clearly visible if you know what you’re looking for. Here are some of those signs that tell you your land needs soil remediation.

Lack of Flora and Fauna

Soil contamination can adversely impact the ecosystem and biodiversity around your home. Grim signs of contaminated soil would be dead or withering plants and crops in your lawn, dead insects and small animals, and a lack of birds flying over your property. If you do manage to spot or grow crops in your contaminated garden, note that it is an absolute health hazard to eat them. If you must garden in your home prior to calling for professional soil remediation services, buy sacks of clean, fertile soil and plant your flora in flower boxes, planters, and pots.

While soil contamination is in fact dangerous or even lethal to plants and animals, contact with contaminated soil could be a serious health hazard for you and your children as well. As much as possible, prevent from touching the soil, and keep your children out of your yard until the contaminated area has been dealt with by soil remediation specialists.

Paint Chips and Dust

If your home is or was once painted with leaded paint, look around your house and check for paint chips or dust. Soil contaminated with lead paint chips put you and your family at great risk for lead poisoning. Lead can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or even ingested by eating garden crops grown in lead-contaminated soil. If you find paint chips or dust around your home, get your soil tested to see if you’re in need of soil remediation.

If you’re looking to move into a new home anytime soon, make sure to ask your real estate agent or the previous homeowner if the home was ever painted with lead paint. If it was, the land surrounding the home is likely to be contaminated with lead.

Unpleasant Odors

Over-fertilizing, pesticides, and petroleum contamination are common causes of soil contamination in residential areas. These pollutants, once seeped into the soil, may emit strong, rank odors. If you’ve noticed an unpleasant fertilizer or metallic smell in your garden or lawn, there’s a likely chance that you have contaminated soil.

Once you notice this, call a professional soil remediation company to test your soil immediately. Until then, try to keep your house’s doors and windows shut to keep the smell from entering the house.

The moment you find strong signs of soil contamination, don’t think twice, give Meridian Environmental Services Inc. a call. Meridian offers thorough and professional soil testing and remediation services that can allow you and your family to safely enjoy the outdoors of your home worry-free.