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Waiting too long to book your sewage backup cleanup service can lead to harmful health issues for you and your family.

Sewage Backup Cleanup: Beyond the Mess to Health Implications

Sewage Backup Cleanup: Beyond the Mess to Health Implications

If sewage gets loose in your house, it will cause major structural problems, as all types of water damage do. However, did you know a sewage backup can also wreak havoc on your health? If your home recently suffered a backup, don’t wait. Look into professional sewage backup cleanup services today. 

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about the harmful effects a sewage backup can have on your health. 

How Sewage Backups Affect Your Health

Sewage contains waste and, by proxy, toxins that can be incredibly harmful to your health once you breathe them in. Inhaling any of these airborne toxins and particulates can lead to symptoms including but not limited to: 

  • Gastrointestinal issues, including a severe condition called gastroenteritis and common diarrhea
  • Fevers, often associated with a condition called Campylobacteriosis
  • Abdominal pain, including cramping
  • Vomiting, often associated with a condition called Diarrheagenic E.coli

While these are all bad, long-term exposure to a sewage backup can also lead to typhoid fever, Hepatitis A, and even death. Simply put, you cannot sit around waiting for a sewage backup to be treated. The longer you do, the more severe the damage becomes. 

How Long Do You Have to Fix a Sewage Backup? 

Generally speaking, you don’t have much time at all to treat a sewage backup. When your home experiences one, you’ll want to call a tech within 24 hours to come out and address it. 

There’s a big reason this is the case: bacteria can live on surfaces. Since sewage backups release airborne toxins, it could be affecting areas of your house you don’t even think about cleaning. These toxins can last on surfaces – in some cases, for up to five months! 

Common organisms like Enterococcus can live on the surfaces of your walls, countertops, and fabric for over 24 hours. As long as the surface is dry, you can bet that this sewage contaminant will thrive. 

What Causes a Sewage Backup? 

Clogs are the most common cause of sewage backups. In your home, this could involve a drain clogged with hair or grease, or a toilet obstructed by toilet paper.

However, sewage backups may also be the result of shifting tree roots or old pipes simply being worn down. In all cases, a backup occurs when the water inside the sewage pipe can’t move freely. If the clog is left untreated, it can lead to a backup. 

You can recognize the warning signs of a sewage backup by brown water, foul smells around the drains, and frequent clogging. If you notice any of these signs, call a professional right away. 

Contact REDi for All of Your Sewage Backup Cleanup Needs!

You don’t have to face the aftermath of a sewage backup alone. Instead, call the sewage backup cleanup crew at REDi.

Our remediation company has years of experience handling sewage backups. We know what to treat and how to treat it effectively. Contact us today to set up your sewage backup cleanup appointment. 


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