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How Harmful are Home Sewage Leakages for Humans?

Sewage Leakages

Pipe leakages can cause a lot of inconvenience for home and property owners. Water pipe leakages are bad because water can corrode and damage many other home fixtures thereby making things worse. The problems are much more complex and severe for sewer pipe leakages because wastewater exposure can cause several health problems. The problems arising from any pipe leakages becomes severe because it most often happens at times when least expected. Anyway, you must not waste time in attending to the pipe leakages which can very quickly make life miserable.You must act fast to arrest the problem first and rectify it.

Sewer line replacement can be costly depending on the site conditions and the total length of pipe that needs replacement. However, neglecting the problem will only take a turn for the worse and can go out of control with more severe consequences on health. Sewage water contains everything and anything that goes down the drain including toilet water. The constituents range from hygiene and beauty products to human excreta and from soaps and detergents to food waste, cleaning products and anything from spillage cleaning. These materials interact in the sewage after mixing, and there are natural reactions of microorganisms present in the sewage. Overall, sewage leaks in residential and commercial areas can be hazardous.

Dangerous pathogens

Dangerous pathogens
Pathogens are microorganisms that can make humans fall sick as it causes various illnesses. The pathogens that reside inside the gut in the human body are harmless, but once it moves out and ingested again, it can turn quite dangerous. These organisms manifest in the sewage which on leaking can cause the microorganisms to come in contact with food. Besides, many other pathogenic organisms can grow in the sewage that creates a favorable environment for the health-harming elements to thrive.

Gas Hazards

Gas Hazards
Sewage leakage not only releases sewage water but also releases toxic gases including carbon dioxide, chlorine, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. The gases can harm both humans and pet animals and inhaling any of these can show signs of disorientation. Hydrogen sulfide and methane are the most common gases released during sewage leakage. Both are toxic when inhaled in excess quantity, and hydrogen sulfide can cause sickness and disorientation besides turning fatal in extreme cases. Methane even in a small amount can turn lethal as it causes suffocation by suppressing oxygen that drives people unconscious and can even result in death.

Septic systems

Septic systems
Septic systems treat sewage water by breaking it down with the help of bacteria to make the water safe for reintroducing it into waterways and aquifers. Underground septic tanks allow bacteria to work on the sewage after which it sends the water to a leechfield or drainfield so that it can percolate through the subsoil to reach the water table. Leaking septic systems can throw untreated water to the soil surface and multiply the risks of diseases.

Do not add chemicals to the septic system because it can kill the helpful bacteria and render the system defunct.

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