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Your property can be damaged and contaminated with raw sewage and may pose serious health risks while making it inhabitable. Some of the common causes of sewage spills or overflows are:

  • Faulty Plumbing
  • Defective equipment
  • Floods and storm damage
  • Damage during construction or digging
  • Debris and waste blockages

While odour is one of your concerns, you should know that a raw sewage spill could affect both the internal and external areas of your property. Internally the sewage can flow into carpets, the floors and even the concrete while also being absorbed into furnishings, walls and ceiling. Externally, the sewage could flow away from the original break and contaminate your garden, plants and even your outdoor furniture and structures.

In such instances, you need to contact a bio-hazard specialist to clean-up fast and effectively to contain the spread of the sewage flow. Do not attempt to clean the contaminated material and hazardous waste yourself!

 

Here’s why you should avoid doing it yourself!

Sewage is a highly contaminated body of water and most illnesses arise through pathogens (disease-causing microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses). This could result in diarrhoea and infections that may cause discomfort but not long lasting. However, there could be a risk of long-lasting infections depending on the pathogen.

These are a few diseases from raw sewage:

Giardia and Cryptosporidium

Giardia and Cryptosporidium are microscopic, protozoan parasites that can be found in water contaminated with faeces. In humans, Giardia causes an intestinal illness called giardiasis or “beaver fever”. Cryptosporidium is responsible for a similar illness called cryptosporidiosis. Symptoms include anorexia, vomiting, cramping abdominal pain, profuse watery diarrhoea, and sometimes fever and depression.

E. Coli

E.coli (Escherichia coli) is a type of bacteria that normally lives in the intestines of people and animals. There are many types of E. coli, and most of them are harmless. However, some types of E. coli can intestinal infection include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and fever. More severe cases can lead to bloody diarrhoea, dehydration, or even kidney failure. People with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, young children, and older adults are at increased risk for developing these complications.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is an acute (short-term but quite severe) infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. Many cases have few or no symptoms. When symptoms occur, they typically last eight weeks and may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, jaundice, fever, and abdominal pain. It is usually spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with infected faeces.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is caused by infection with Leptospira germs (bacteria). The infection passes through animals (commonly rats) to humans. In most cases, leptospirosis causes a mild illness. But, in some people, a more severe illness occurs. This more severe form is commonly referred to as Weil’s disease.

It can be passed on to humans through contact with soil or water contaminated with infected urine. The bacteria usually get into the human body through a cut or small abrasion in the skin or the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth, and eyes.

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