Everyone knows that untreated sewage is disgusting and smelly. If you have a septic tank or a blocked municipal system, you may have experienced a basement flooded with sewer water or a yard soaked with the substance. Although the cleanup effort can be extremely unpleasant and time-consuming, the health effects can be devastating. If you are exposed to sewage, you need to take steps to protect your health and the environment.
Failing septic systems do sometimes back up inside your home, but perhaps the biggest danger is what happens outside your home. People who have septic systems often get their water from a well because they are unable to use the municipal systems. Sewage from a septic tank can get into the water table and spread diseases such as typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A, and gastroenteritis. Ponds, rivers, and lakes can also be poisoned by sewage, which means hundreds or thousands of people could end up affected by your home's septic tank problem.
When sewage makes it into fresh-water systems, it can harm organisms in the water. Sewage reduces the available oxygen in the water, killing fish and other life forms. The fecal matter can also help plankton thrive and explode the growth of algae, things that throw off the balance of the ecosystem. The water temperature can also be affected by sewage in fresh water. It can either make the water too hot or too cold for the creatures that live there. Sewage runoff in fresh water threatens aquatic life as well as humans.
Skin and Eyes
When cleaning up sewage, you need to wear protective clothing because it can harm your skin. After any contact with raw sewage, you need to scrub your hands with antiseptic cleaners. If you have any cuts or abrasions, touching sewage can cause rashes and even infections. Your eyes are also vulnerable to harm if sewage enters them. Sometimes these infections can become serious, so you need to seek medical attention for any significant symptoms you develop after exposure.
You must pay close attention to your septic system or your municipal sewer connections. At any sign of leakage, indoor or out, you need to call a septic expert or the city department in charge of sewer maintenance. Your health and the health of people around you are at stake. Avoid contact with sewage and get professional help with the cleanup if necessary.