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Sewage Overflow Health Dangers: What Homeowners Need to Know
The infectious disease prevention and indoor air quality (IAQ) experts at SEHC offer tips to the public to prevent disease following sewage contamination.
According to Delaware’s Division of Public Health, “Human waste contains many organisms that have the potential to cause disease. Even if they are not ill, people can carry the organisms that cause disease and transmit them through their feces. Viruses such as Hepatitis A, which causes liver disease, are commonly found in wastewater.”
Sanitary sewer overflows can be caused by many factors. They are typically associated with sewer pipe blockages that may have been caused by pipe breaks or cracks due to tree roots, system deterioration, insufficient system capacity or construction mishaps.
“For those unfortunate enough to have this occur in their home or place of business there are environmental and health and safety concerns that need to be addressed,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of Sussex Environmental Health Consultants (SEHC), a Delaware based environmental consulting firm. “Sewage can host an array of chemical and microbial contaminants and pathogens. These contaminants soak into porous building materials and can be an immediate threat to building occupants.”
SEHC recently sponsored a public outreach video on sewage contamination dangers that can be seen at:
To learn more about SEHC’s IAQ, environmental, or health and safety services, please visit http://www.sussexenvironmental.com, email susan.white@
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About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC
SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services customers nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.