Sewage Backup Health Hazards

sewage backup health hazardsWhat are the health hazards of a sewage backup?

If the thought of a sewage backup creates an image of a smelly, unsanitary mess then can you imagine the actual health hazards it poses to you, your co-worker and your family?

Untreated sewage not only causes a foul odor, but also incubates disease-causing organisms like viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

Any type of contact with the contaminated water can cause skin rashes and irritation, and accidental ingestion of water can cause diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  Furthermore, inhalation of airborne microorganisms associated with sewage fumes can cause sewage backup health hazards such as respiratory infections and allergic reactions.

Water is the single most long-term destructive substance in the indoor environment. It dissolves or weakens many materials and supports the growth of microorganisms on others. Because it flows, water has the capability to carry with it a wide variety of pathogens and allergens harmful to humans. When that water is classified as grey or black water, your risk and exposure to pathogens, disease causing organisms and viruses increases exponentially.

The moment you experience either a grey water or black water overflow, call us immediately!

Black Water (Category 3) refers to exceptionally unsanitary contamination. It is this category that we see fungus and bacteria contaminating indoor water sources. When exposed to, Black Water damage can lead to severe illness and extreme property and contents damage.

There are times to be a ‘Do-It-Your-Selfer’.  Trying to properly clean up, disinfect and remediate a sewage back up and overflow is not one of them.

Our technicians are highly trained and continually adhere to safety standards and protocols for sewage water floods.  The equipment we use, the safety suits and even the personal inoculations our technicians receive in order to protect themselves from the dangerous health pathogens that sewage backup health hazards can cause- allow our team to come in and swiftly take care of your situation – so you can have peace of mind.

The factors that determine the extent of contamination within your building include the volume and the solids content of the sewage back flow, whether flooding is isolated to the basement or involves other levels as well, and how long the contamination has been in place.

The longer you let sewage back up sit in your home or office, the more exposure to health risks you allow to develop.

Call us today for help with a sewage back up. Call us also if you had a sewage back up and cleaned it on your own. Our team can inspect the flooded area and can assess what steps might need to be taken to ensure there are no toxic germs left behind which can cause health problem such as:

Gastroenteritis
An inflammation of the stomach and the intestine. Gastroenteritis may result in diarrhea with vomiting and cramps when irritation is excessive. When caused by an infectious agent, it is often associated with fever.

Hepatitis
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis caused by a virus is known as viral hepatitis. When Hepatitis is a result of sewage backup it is often characterized by inflammation of the liver and jaundice.

Occupational Asthma
A respiratory disorder characterized by attacks of breathlessness, chest tightness and wheezing.

Weil’s Disease
An acute feverish disease marked by gastroenteritis, mild jaundice, persistent and severe headache.

Allergic Alveolitis
Inflammation of the alveoli in the lungs. It is rarely reported with relation to sewage backup. However, when reported it is characterized by fever, breathlessness, dry cough, and aching muscles and joints.

Additional health risks:

  • Fatal damage to liver, kidneys and blood
  • Infection of skin or eyes

Call us TODAY at (888) 373-9243 for an evaluation by one of our skilled technicians of your sewage backup.  Time is critical in these situations so don’t delay – Call Today!