The Hazards of Human Waste

We hate to bring up an unpleasant topic, but human waste – your waste – is hazardous to your health; this is why the body removes it. What does human waste have to do with your septic system? Express Septic Services explains that your septic system stores and treats waste, which is why it’s important to keep your septic system maintained. It’s also important to get your tank pumped when it needs it. Otherwise, you run the risk of hazardous human waste backing up into your home.

Your Waste Carries Infectious Materials

You hear about how toxic animal waste can be, but did you know that your waste also has infectious materials in it? It’s true. Our bodies are amazing machines designed to absorb the good and dispose of the bad. This is why your waste might have C. diff, cholera, dysentery, E. coli, giardia, hepatitis A, hepatitis E, norovirus, or pinworms in it. Your septic tank stores your waste until it is pumped and then hauled off. You don’t want this waste backing up into your home and potentially infecting your family.

How Does This Infectious Material Get Into My Body?

You may ingest this material in the food you eat and, consequently, it will pass through your digestive system and then be expelled in your fecal matter. Again, we apologize for the unpleasant topic, but it’s important to keep your family safe by preparing your foods properly to avoid bacteria and food poisoning. It’s also important to keep your septic system maintained to prevent system failure.

How Your Septic System Can Fail

Let’s break down how your septic system works before we discuss how it can fail. When you flush the toilet, the solid waste sinks down into the septic tank and the water moves into the drain field. The septic tank stores the solid waste until it is pumped and the drain field treats the wastewater and introduces it back into the groundwater supply once it is clean.

On average, your septic tank needs to be pumped every three years. If you have a large family, it may need to be pumped more often. If you fail to get the septic tank pumped when it needs it, it will back up into your home, i.e., your fecal matter will back up through the toilets and drains and you will be exposed to this hazardous material.

To prevent this, call Express Septic Services in Greenville, SC, if it has been three years or more since you had your septic tank pumped. We’d be happy to pump the tank and inspect the system to make sure you are not at risk of being exposed to the hazards of human waste.

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