Both the inside and outside of your home can be affected by side sewer issues. When considering all of the things that can go awry with your side sewer, it can become more than just a financial worry. There are more reasons than just a clogged toilet or drain to keep up on the safety and working condition of the system. In addition to the many things that can cause your sewer to back up, there are also some very serious health issues that can arise from coming in contact with raw sewage.
Sewage back ups are one of the worst plumbing problems because of the risk that they present to homeowners and residents. Sewage can cause illness, disease, and even death. The National Resources Defense Councilreports that nearly 2 million cases of illnesses are caused by sewage contamination each year. Sewage is full of contaminants, viruses and bacteria that pose a serious threat to people and their pets. In addition, sewage may contain other toxic substances like pesticides, residuals from pharmaceutical drugs, fungi and protozoan.
Here are a few of the most common bacteria that are found in sewage and what they can do the human body:
- E. Coli – Causes abdominal cramping, diarrhea and occasionally death.
- Acanthomoeba – Causes eye, nose, throat and ear infections.
- Salmonella – Causes abdominal cramping and diarrhea
- Heliobacter Pylpri – Leads to increased chance of ulcers
- Hepatitis – Causes liver infection and liver failure
- Leptospirosis – Creates muscle aches and vomiting
Coming into contact with any of these contaminants can make you ill and send you to the emergency room. Having sewage backup in your home is a risk – and you need to call a plumber immediately.
Only a professional plumber can pinpoint the cause of your sewage backup problem. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Structural defects.
- Root infiltration.
- Improper flushes (items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet).
- Wet weather.
- Flooding around and under your home.
- Planning problems with sewage lines.
- Pipe blockages.
- Broken or leaking pipes.
As licensed and professional plumbers we can assess your issue within your pipe perpetually quickly and without making the process stressful for the homeowner or resident. We have tools specialized for looking into the condition of your line and can provide you a free estimate on the repairs or replacement if any are necessary. Please don’t hesitate to call us to schedule your free inspection at your earliest convenience. It’s not wise to just wait until something detrimental happens before you schedule a time for it to be checked out. That can make it a much larger, longer and difficult process to assess and fix the issue if there is one. We are open 24/7 in case you do have an emergency and need assistance. We are always here to help.