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December 25th, 2019 in Drain Cleaning

How Plumbing Problems Can Cause Health Risk Through Sewage Exposure


Some might say that sewage exposure is a thing of the past. After all, it was common in the days before modern sewer systems. Historically, sewage exposure has been the cause of sickness, deaths, and even plagues. And while most water treatment technologies and sewage systems help to prevent sewage exposure, the risk still remains under certain circumstances.

Plumbing Problems Can Cause Health Risk Through Sewage Exposure

Sewage exposure in today’s modern age is commonly found as a result of overflowing toilets and septic tanks, back-ups in sinks and tubs, and backed-up floor drains. If you have experienced any of these problems within your home’s system, don’t risk your health or the health of others by leaving the issue unattended.

Common signs of raw sewage exposure include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sinus infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Poor memory
  • Dizziness

And you’re at risk for even more severe diseases as a result, such as:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Gastroenteritis
  • E-coli
  • Typhoid fever

How to prevent exposure to sewage

The best way to reduce your risk of sewage exposure is by taking good care of your plumbing. Some of the most important tips we can offer are: not pouring grease, oils, or fats down your kitchen sink; and not flushing anything down the toilet other than toilet paper (that includes avoiding “flushable” wipes).

Also, be aware of any foul smells in the home or wet spots in your front yard that may indicate a sewage back-up. The earlier you can resolve the issue, the lower the chance for sewage exposure.

Plumbers in New Haven and Fairfield Counties

Thankfully, modern plumbing systems keep the majority of us away from any of these hazards. However, you should be aware that the risk of sewer exposure is not extinct.

If you suspect a sewage issue in your home, contact the experts at Rick’s Plumbing. We’ll fix the problem and keep your home healthy, just as it should be. Call us today at (203) 874-6629.



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