What are the effects of untreated sewage?

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What Are The Effects Of Untreated Sewage?

Untreated sewage has not passed through a treatment plant, and still contains viruses and bacteria. Should it back up into your home through a toilet or drains, it can cause serious damage to your property and put your health in danger. 

ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that can clear up sewage leak and spills in your home. Its technicians can remove all traces of the sewage and restore your site to a safe environment. The Company operates 24/7, 365 days a year.

Read on to hear from the experts what a raw sewage leak could do to your property.

It makes people ill

Raw sewage contains bacteria and viruses that come from human bodies. If you are exposed to these pathogens, they could easily infect you as they are accustomed to the human body. They can enter the body through hand-to-mouth contact, skin contact, and inhalation. 

Here are some of the health problems they cause:

  • Gastroenteritis (stomach bug)
  • Skin infections 
  • Ear infections 
  • Eye infections
  • Chest infections
  • Hepatitis
  • Weil’s disease (a flu-like illness that can damage organs and blood)
  • Allergic alveolitis

Only professional cleaners should go near and attempt to clean up sewage. They have the suitable personal protective equipment to keep themselves safe. 

Mould can grow in your home

If wastewater in your bathroom or kitchen is not cleaned up immediately, it could make the air very humid or cause damp. This creates the perfect conditions for mould to grow and spread in the future. 

Just like raw sewage, mould exposure can be dangerous for your health. Spores produce allergens, so they might prompt allergic reactions, such as runny noses, coughing, and skin rashes. It can even trigger asthma attacks. 

Children, elderly people, and people with respiratory conditions or weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable. Exposure can also put everyone at risk of more serious health problems, like mycotoxicosis or respiratory conditions. 

There will be a high fire risk

One of the lesser-known dangers of a sewage backup is the water level reaching electrical outlets and appliances. Should you try and use them, you could be electrocuted, or a fire might break out. 

You must bring in professional cleaners to get rid of the raw sewage first, and also hire an electrician to check the appliances are safe to use. 

With so many problems associated with untreated sewage, responding to a leak or spill on your property as soon as possible is essential. The technicians at ICE Cleaning’s technicians offer a diverse range of services and can thoroughly clean up the wastewater – they’ve got you covered.


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