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"Can Sewage In My Staten Island Home Or Business Be Toxic Or Dangerous"??



Severe rainstorms, floods, and even spring thaws can put a strain on sanitary sewers and septic

systems. Large volumes of storm water and ground water entering sewage systems can inundate

them, causing back-ups into basements and on to private property. Blockages in sewer systems can

also cause back-ups. Your health may be impacted if a sewage back-up occurs in your home.

Sewage back-ups can contaminate your private drinking well water. It can also pollute surface

water (lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, and reservoirs used for drinking water).


Can I Get Sick From A Sewage Back-Up In My House?

Sewage contains bacteria, viruses, and other germs that can cause disease and make a contaminated

house unfit for living. The health risks around sewage are dependent upon the amount of sewage,

the types of germs that are in it, the amount of time it has been in contact with materials in the

home, and how much and how long an occupant was exposed. Generally, the more solids (human

waste) present in the water, the greater the need for prompt and proper clean-up of materials that

came into direct contact with it. The most common illnesses one might acquire are generally

gastrointestinal (GI) distress and/or skin rashes/infections. Respiratory infections are

uncommon, because fecal microorganisms rarely become airborne when everything is wet, and

these bacteria and viruses generally die off after things dry out. If you experience any GI

symptoms (nausea, diarrhea, vomiting) after exposure to sewage, contact your doctor.