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Q: What Health Risks Do Sewer Backups Present?
A: Sewer backups contain raw sewage which can carry bacteria, viruses, protozoa (parasitic organisms), helminths (intestinal worms), and borroughs (inhaled molds and fungi). The diseases they may cause range in severity from mild gastroenteritis (causing stomach cramps and diarrhea) to life-threatening ailments such as cholera, dysentery, infections hepatitis, and severe gastroenteritis. Read more Tips!
Sewage backups into homes and neighborhoods are of special concern to the EPA due to the increased chance of human exposure. Sensitive populations - children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems - can be at a higher risk of illness from exposure to sewage.
How can sewer backups be reduced or eliminated? The best way to prevent these kinds of problems is to get regular sewer maintenance and inspection done every year. Click here to learn more about sewer inspection and maintenance plans.