Sewer gas is a combination of toxic and non-toxic gases that can be hazardous to your health. It is created when gasses from the sewer system, such as methane, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide, are released into the air. Prolonged exposure to sewer gas can cause serious respiratory and neurological symptoms.
Let’s discuss why sewer gas can make you sick and what steps you should take to protect yourself from its effects.
What is Sewer Gas?
Sewer gas is the mixture of gasses found in sewage systems or septic tanks. It contains high levels of methane and ammonia, which can be hazardous to human health if inhaled for too long. Other components of sewer gas include carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, mercaptans (the “rotten egg” odor), and hydrocarbons. All these components have varying degrees of toxicity depending on their concentrations in the air.
Why Can Sewer Gas Make You Sick?
Exposure to sewer gas can cause significant health risks due to its toxicity as well as its unpleasant smell. Inhaling high concentrations of the gases present in sewer gas for long periods of time can lead to headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, eye irritation, coughing fits, respiratory infections, asthma attacks, and other adverse reactions. Other long-term effects may include damage to organs such as the brain and liver if exposed regularly over a long period of time without proper safety measures in place.
Additionally, certain compounds found in sewer gas such as hydrogen sulfide are highly flammable which means that it could potentially create an explosion hazard if left unchecked. Inhaling these gases also carries a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning due to their combustible nature in enclosed spaces.
How Can I Protect Myself From Sewer Gas?
If you suspect that there may be a problem with your home’s sewage system or septic tank leading to a release of sewer gases into the air then it is important that you contact CMS Restoration immediately for help with assessment and repair services:
• Professional Assessment:
We will perform an inspection of your home’s sewage system or septic tank so that any potential issues causing the release of sewer gases can be located and fixed quickly before they become more serious problems down the line.
• A Comprehensive Cleanup Plan:
After our professional assessment, we will develop a comprehensive plan for repairing any damaged parts or lines that may be causing sewer gases to enter your home’s indoor environment so they can be fixed quickly and safely without posing any further risks to your health or safety.
Our team also offers expert sewage cleanup services so any areas affected by raw sewage or contaminated water can be sanitized completely with minimal disruption caused by our workmen on site.
It is important that people understand how serious an issue sewer gas can be if not taken care of properly or ignored altogether; prolonged exposure could lead to serious medical conditions such as respiratory infections and even organ damage over time – not something anyone wants! By taking all necessary precautions outlined here – contacting CMS Restoration for professional assessment and repair services – you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your home’s environment is safe from dangerous levels of toxic and non-toxic gasses found in sewers and septic tanks alike!