Sewage backup is more than just a smelly mess. It comes with some serious hazards that homeowners often overlook. Cleaning up a serious sewage problem in your Hillsborough property isn’t a DIY job. You should seek professional help to avoid potentially hazardous issues.
Fire and Explosion
Concerned about the potential for disease, homeowners often overlook the more practical dangers associated with explosion or fire in a flooded area. If there’s standing water or sewage backup of any kind in your home, you should never walk through the water or light a match until electricity and gas have been turned off.
Sewage backup can expose you to a number of fecal-oral diseases if the sewage makes contact with your mouth. Some hazards include:
- Escherichia coliform (E. Coli)
- Hepatitis A
Common symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, nausea, fever, and headache. If you experience any of these problems after you’ve had contact with sewage backup, you should speak to your physician as soon as possible to diagnose the cause and pursue the appropriate treatment plan.
Sewage backup can draw sewer flies to the area if left untreated for too long. Sewer flies can trigger certain cases of allergic asthma. If you’re struggling with asthma symptoms and there are sewer flies in the area, there could be a very strong link between the two problems. Have the sewer problem professionally cleaned up and you can resolve both issues at once.
Sewage naturally brings moisture with it. If you have sewage backup in the home, you’re also at risk for water damage, mold, and mildew. You should keep a close eye on the area after the sewage problem is resolved so you can catch any developing mold issues early. Schedule professional mold remediation to get rid of this growth.
If you have sewage backup in your home, contact a professional cleaning service for proper biohazard removal. Call ServiceMaster 24 Hour at 813-603-2001.
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