How To Prevent Health Hazards With Sewage Clean-up

Public health is a critical concern from wastewater exposure. Not only is it an issue that affects the land, but the contaminants also pose a serious risk to people and animals that make contact with it. Here’s how you can prevent health hazards with sewage clean-up from Restore Pro.

Is raw sewage dangerous?

Raw sewage is messy, but unless you come into physical contact with it or something it is on, it isn’t harmful. You should not be afraid of its smell as it does not pose a health risk to anyone. The risks increase when sewage spills have bacteria in the wastewater that you have had contact.

What are the harmful effects of sewage?

Sewage can cause significant damage both in the environment and to public health when it leaks into communal space. When raw sewage leaks into rivers, it can lead to illnesses like dysentery, typhoid, and cholera. Raw sewage can also affect the environment as it affects global warming. When contaminants are in the air or on possessions, it can lead to serious public health concerns.

What are the health hazards created by sewage?

People can come into contact with sewage that is harmful, including bacteria like E-coli and salmonella. Fungus like Aspergillus is also present and dangerous. It can lead to health hazards like respiratory or musculoskeletal disorders when exposed to dangerous gases like hydrogen sulfide and methane. People may also get diseases like hepatitis, skin infections, or leptospirosis.

Can breathing in sewage make you sick?

Sewage creates a gas called hydrogen sulfide that occurs when waste breaks down. At smaller levels, it is not dangerous. At advanced levels, hydrogen sulfide is dangerous and even deadly.

What will happen if sewage is not treated?

If raw sewage and wastewater are not treated, it can contaminate the environment. When a flood or leak occurs, it can enter rivers, which in turn can flood into workplaces and residences and cause pollution to happen. Contact with sewage backups can also cause long-term medical issues. It’s important to call for emergency sewage clean-up services as soon as the spill occurs to minimize the exposure. Thankfully, homeowner insurance should cover these costs for you.

What is the best way to clean up sewage?

To minimize the health risks to people and damage to property, the time in which clean-up and sanitization occur is critical. As we put the safety of our customers first, you can call us at Restore Pro 24 hours per day and seven days per week for emergency sewage cleanup services.

How Does Restore Pro Prevent Health Hazards During Clean-up?

It is first important to drain the sewage using a commercial-strength pump. Next, we clean-up the spill, including removing carpets, surface material, and debris that has come into contact with the sewage spill. Next, we will assess the situation to see if any building materials need to be removed and replaced. If flooding occurred, we recommend it because of surface contamination.

Next, we will wash down and sterilize the remaining surfaces before replacing the damaged drywall to ensure there will be no lasting effects from the sewage spill behind walls or below flooring.  Our certified specialists also will lay new carpet, flooring, or linoleum. It’s important to deodorize the area to ensure no fumes remain as well from sewage gases present in the home.

If you have a sewage spill, call us immediately at 1-800-847-0114 or send us a message on our Facebook page at to find out how we can help you.