Sewage Cleanup and Decontamination
A septic overflow or spill can become a messy and hazardous dilemma. These
systems contain raw materials as well as chemicals. If a septic system gets
damaged by flood, any natural disaster or from irresponsible maintenance,
contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as they have standard
procedures you should follow for sewage clean up..
In most instances, a professional is required to address the situation.
Removing waste water from your home should not be done alone. However,
homeowners can choose to take the cleanup on, at their own risk. The repair or
replacement to a septic system can be very costly and dangerous, so be sure to
take precautions. When a septic system leaks, it can release toxic fumes, which
are harmful if inhaled, so wear a protective mask. Never walk by the septic
system if it is damaged, because the ground may have sinkholes, or the tank
itself may be broken. Debris around the septic system will need to be removed
and refilled with clean soil.
The effects of sewage spillover and contamination are great, and one major
impact is ground water contamination. Contamination can release bacteria into
drinking water, causing many illnesses such as diarrhea, lower GI problems,
heart attack, and even death. Drink only bottled water if you suspect
contamination, and if this is not possible, boil the water for sterilization. Have
the septic system pumped as soon as possible after the flood. Do not use the
sewage system until the problem has been resolved.
For further help, contact your health department about on-site and
decentralized waste water systems. You can also call the National Environmental
Services Center for more helpful instruction.
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