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It is something we all hope we never have to deal with. Sewage smell in our homes. Sewage backups are one of the worst plumbing problems we have today. This is not only because of the inconvenience and unpleasant odor. Raw sewage can also cause some serious health concerns if left unchecked. According to the National Resource Defense Council, almost 2 million cases of sewage-related illnesses happen in the US every year.

Sewage is full of contaminants and bacteria. This can be a serious threat to your family. Sewage can also contain other toxic substances. These can include protozoan, pesticides, residual leavings from pharmaceutical drugs, and fungi. So exposure to these can cause serious health problems.

Some more serious reactions can come from other bacteria. Raw sewage may contain hepatitis bacteria. So this can cause liver infection and eventual liver failure. Salmonella is also a risk. This causes abdominal cramping and diarrhea. One of the most serious bacteria risks is E. Coli. Also, this can cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and even death in serious cases.

So, it is very important that you take care of sewage back up as soon as you detect it. Prolonged exposure could increase your risk of contracting the symptoms of the bacteria described above. Be wary of any strange odors in your home. So a smell of sulfur or rotten eggs is a good chance you have a sewage back up. Try to avoid all contact. If you must cross a sewage-filled area, wear gloves, rubber-soled shoes, and a breathing mask if possible.

The most important thing to do if you detect a backup is to call a plumber. Getting a professional to fix the problem must be your number one priority. Your family’s health depends on it. The technicians at Express Plumbing Service are available 24/7 if you have a backup emergency.

Brad Jordan

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