Approximately 3.5 million Americans become sick each year after swimming, boating, fishing, and even touching water that they believed to be safe? It is truly a chilling and eye opening statistic. This phenomenon actual begins at our homes and places of business. When human waste, household chemicals, personal hygiene products, pharmaceuticals, and other items are flushed down the toilet, poured into the sink, or down a drain, they enter into the sewer system.
If the sewer system becomes blocked or backed up, this raw sewage can back up into your property, spill out into the streets, and pour into local waterways such as streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and even the ocean. Did you know that more than 860 billion gallons of raw sewage escapes from the sewer systems across the country each and every year? That is enough raw sewage to flood the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts ankle deep. It is also enough liquid for every American citizen to take one bath per week for a whole year.
Once raw sewage bursts out of a pipe or manhole cover, the disgusting looking and smelling slurry will seek out and pollute the nearest body of water. The question that remains is how can raw sewage negatively affect you, your family, friends, and neighbors, and what can you do about it? The following information will provide you with the answers to this question.
Raw Sewage Is A Threat To Human Health
Untreated waste is chock full of salmonella, hepatitis, dysentery, cryptosporidium, and a host of other infectious diseases. Prior to modern sewer systems, the life expectancy of an American adult was only 50 years old due to epidemic outbreaks caused by these diseases. Raw sewage still sickens and kills people to this day. Germs linger long after the stench of raw sewage has dispersed. A great deal of people are unaware that yesterday’ swim may very well have caused today’s diarrhea, cough, or ear infection.
Children, the elderly, and people that are weakened by illness are far more likely to become seriously ill or even die when exposed to raw sewage.
Water pollution can be blamed for one-third of all reported cased of gastroenteritis, and two-thirds of ear infections. Adding insult to injury, it is not just people that play in or around water that are getting sick. Waterborne illness from polluted drinking water is on the rise in the United States. It has also been proven that raw sewage is to blame for illnesses that relate to eating seafood.
What Property Owners Can Do To Prevent The Raw Sewage Epidemic
It is incredibly important for property owners to prevent the overflow of raw sewage from their homes, businesses, and investment properties. This may sound like an incredibly difficult task based on the fact that most people are unaware of sewage related problems until they happen to strike. The good news is that with the proper sewer system maintenance program, and having necessary repairs made as soon as any issue arise, the overflow of raw sewage can be prevented.
For example, a proper sewer system maintenance program includes a yearly video camera inspection of the system. The video inspection will discover any issues within the sewer systems such as blocked pipes, and any damages or breaks including the most microscopic problems. If issues are discovered, you should have them repaired in the fastest manner possible. That way you will avoid further damage that leads to raw sewage leaks.
In conclusion, clean water is essential to our health. It is incredibly important to do whatever you can to prevent raw sewage leaks at your property. Please Contact us today to schedule a sewer system video inspection service at your home, place of business, or investment property. If you have any questions about this high-tech property maintenance solution, one of our industry experts will be happy to speak with you. Jolin Paving & Excavating, Inc. is your New England connection for fast, friendly, and affordable service. Our company has been serving Boston Massachusetts, Southern NH, VT & ME as well as Northern CT & RI since 1952. We look forward to working with you.