I would get a second opinion from a local reputable septic or outhouse pumping contractor and see if if they'll pump it out for you. I wouldn't leave the sewage untreated under the house for sanitary and health reasons. Is it always wet under the house year round and what state do you live in?
I live in Austin Texas. I don't think it's always wet down there. We have a pier and beam foundation.
Since we had the pipe fixed over a week ago, I don't know how much water is down there anymore. Is the sanitary and health concern when there is standing water with sewage in it, or do the health concerns remain after it has "soaked in" to the earth. Can clean up still be done when there is no longer standing water? This might be something I need to ask the septic contractor, but I thought you might have some insight. Also, any tips on finding a reputable company? Thanks for your help.
You don't want standing water with sewage in it under your house for health and safety reasons. Once it pumped and dried up, I would recommend laying visqueen down over the dirt to help with any residual methane gas that may enter the home and for condensation reasons. The clean-up quote you received was that for pumping and removal of the contaminated dirt? Was there a toilet upstream of the line that was fixed ? As far as a reputable contractor, check Angie's list, the BBB, or the state contractors board. Let me know.
The quote was for full remediation, which he said included cleaning, sanitizing - maybe even something with the air - I can't quite remember that part. I am pretty sure one of the toilets is upstream of the line that was fixed. Thank you for the recommendations on searching for a good company!