Causes of Septic System Health Risks
1. Illness-Causing Pathogens in Your Septic System
Below is a list of some of the major ones to know.
• E. Coli
• Hepatitis A
- Diseases from Parasites
• Tapework infection
• Hookworm infection
How do you come into contact with these disease-causing pathogens?
It can be from direct contact with sewage or toilet waste. A clogged, overflowing toilet is one way. Or a leaking pipe that leads to standing water in a drain field is another.
Always wash your hands if you come into direct contact with septic wastewater.
You can also fall ill from indirect contact with sewage waste. It could come from your dog or cat, who drank or rolled around in the leaked sewage water. Or, sewage spills could contaminate the drinking water and expose you to unwanted bacteria.
Raw sewage contamination could lead to fungal and respiratory infections too.
2. Chemical Contaminants in your Septic System
A leaking pipe could release wastewater that contains harmful chemicals. These could seep into the groundwater and find their way into your drinking water — one of the significant septic system health risks not just for you, but for your community as well.Putting harmful chemicals into your septic system automatically puts you at a more significant risk of illness. Such toxic substances are:
3. Dangerous Gases in your Septic System
If you have a broken septic system, your problems could be worse than just a Rotten Eggs smell.
Septic systems have naturally occurring dangerous gases. These gases can include:
Side effects can include:
- Mouth, nose, and throat irritation
- Permanent lung damage
- Loss of consciousness
Remember to call someone if you have a problem with your septic tank. The gases are highly concentrated inside. They are flammable and very toxic. You should not go near or try to fix your septic tank yourself. Call someone immediately.
A trusted professional can point out the problem more quickly than you can. Gases don’t need a large opening in order to seep into your house.
You may not even know. Methane is an odorless gas. This is why regular maintenance is essential to your home septic system.