Why do you need professional septic tank service? Because of the many health risks involved.
How Dangerous are Septic Systems If No One Takes Care of Them
How dangerous are septic systems if no one takes care of them? In a word, very. According to the Galveston County Health Department:
“Septic tank systems are the largest of all contributors of wastewater to the ground and are the most frequently reported sources of groundwater contamination in the United States. Bacteria, viruses, and parasites (including worms and protozoans) are the types of pathogens in wastewater that are hazardous to humans. Fungi that can cause skin, eye, and respiratory infections also grow in sewage and sewage sludge. These bacteria and viruses may be transported very rapidly and could contaminate nearby drinking water supplies or recreational surface water, such as Dickinson Bayou. Bacteria are microscopic organisms that are responsible for several wastewater related diseases, including typhoid, paratyphoid, bacillary dysentery, gastroenteritis, and cholera. Most infect the stomach and intestinal tract and can cause symptoms like headache, diarrhea (sometimes with blood), abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Depending on the bacteria involved, symptoms can begin hours to several days after ingestion. Viruses can’t multiply outside their hosts, and wastewater is a hostile environment for them. But enough viruses survive in water to make people sick. Hepatitis A, polio, and viral gastroenteritis are a few of the diseases that can be contracted from viruses in wastewater. HIV IS NOT TRANSMITTED THROUGH WASTEWATER CONTACT. There may be as many as 100 different virus types present in raw sewage, but they are difficult to identify. The types of parasites found in wastewater include protozoans and parasitic worms. When people drink water contaminated with protozoans, they can multiply inside the body and cause mild to severe diarrhea. Another protozoan is the cause of amebiosis, also known as amebic dysentery. Parasitic worms can also dwell in untreated sewage. Tapeworms and roundworms are the most common types found in the U.S. Their eggs are found in untreated wastewater and can be ingested.”