A sewer backup in your home can be a stressful obstacle to overcome for any property owner. Many property owners don’t know this but it can actually be quite dangerous to your health if it is left unattended or not cleaned up properly and safely. In this type of situation it is quite important to call in a professional to come and clean up this mess using specialized safety protocol and techniques as this will ensure the safety of your home and everyone who inhabits it. A sewer backup can be caused by many things and it is also commonly referred to as raw sewage sewage sludge or septic tank waste. A sewer backup is usually comprised of black or grey water and often consists of organic waste and wastewater that is produced by household an industrial sources. Sewage can contain anything from soap to solid waste debris or even industrial effluent. This waste is discharged by drains and sewer lines away from the home. Being exposed to raw sewage or any of its counterparts could result in a number of different health problems such as:
Allergic Alveolitis: Inflammation in the lungs occurs and the symptoms include fever shortness of breath dry cough and aching muscles and joints.
Gastroenteritis: This is inflammation of the stomach and intestines and this can cause extreme discomfort with vomiting and cramps and is usually associated with a fever caused by an infectious agent.
Hepatitis: This disease occurs when the liver becomes inflamed. When this disease is caused directly by a sewer backup it is often recognized by jaundice and significant inflammation of the liver.
Weil’s Disease: This disease comes with a fever and symptoms of gastroenteritis mild jaundice and a persistent headache.
Asthma: This disease causes breathlessness chest tightness and wheezing in the respiratory tract. Other health dangers associated with a sewer backup are fatal liver kidney blood damage and skin/eye infections.
The most common ways for micro-organisms to enter the human body are hand to mouth by means of eating drinking or smoking. These organisms may also enter the body while breathing through aerosolized particles or dust. If you have any cuts scratches or penetrating wounds these contaminants could also enter through those orifices.
These medical conditions are very serious and a sewage backup should not be taken lightly. You should always call in a team of professionals to clean up a sewage backup if it has occurred on your property. They can have your property looking as good as new in a safe and time efficient manner while taking the hassle off of your shoulders.
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