Is Human Waste Really Hazardous?

This is not a conversation any of us want to have, but we here at Express Septic Services feel it’s important to let you know that human waste can be hazardous if it backs up into your home or business. Our waste can be just as hazardous to our health as animal waste can be, and septic system maintenance is key to preventing this waste from entering your home. Let’s talk about the uncomfortable subject of human waste and how it can harm you and your family or customers.

What Is Found in Human Waste?

Human waste carries many of the same diseases that animal waste carries. Even if you’re healthy, your waste can have any of the following infectious materials in it:

  • Cholera
  • Clostridioides difficile (C. diff)
  • Dysentery
  • E Coli
  • Giardia
  • Hepatitis A or E
  • Norovirus
  • Pinworms

Scary, isn’t it? You might be ill and have these bacteria in your fecal matter, or you might have eaten something that had the bacteria in it and pass it through your digestive system. Either way, human fecal matter must be disposed of properly, which is why your septic system plays a critical role in your home and outdoor environments’ safety. Your septic system traps and treats this human waste.

How Does Human Waste Back Into My Home or Business?

Your septic system works in two ways to treat human waste. The septic tank stores solid human waste until it is pumped clean and the waste is hauled off and disposed of properly. The septic system drain field treats wastewater, which flows through the field after the solid waste has sunk down to the bottom of the septic tank. If either the septic tank or drain field becomes clogged, waste can back up into your home or yard.

The plumbing system that carries the waste out to the tank and drain field can also become clogged, and this will cause the waste to back up into your home or business. If you do have a septic system backup into your home or business, it’s important to have the problem fixed by professionals that know how to handle the waste. This prevents you from becoming ill from the waste and also ensures the waste is handled according to environmental regulations.

Let Express Septic Services ensure your human waste is being treated properly by your septic system at all times or provide clean-up services if the system backs up. Call us for a septic system inspection. We service Greenville, SC, and surrounding areas.

Please call Express Septic Services at 864-303-0337 for a FREE estimate. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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