Bacteria are microscopic, single-celled organisms that are found in nearly all environments. Most types of bacteria have no negative health effects, but certain groups can cause infection and illness when they enter your body. Different species of bacteria can survive and thrive in a wide range of conditions. Common pathogenic species that can be found in homes under circumstances of floods or plumbing problems include Escherichia coli, Enterobacter, Streptococcus, and Campylobacter.
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Most exposure to pathogenic bacteria in homes occurs through flooding or plumbing problems leading to sewage backup. Sewage from the home’s septic system is a massive reservoir for pathogenic bacteria and other dangerous microorganisms.
Additionally, these problems can create damp environments in which pathogenic bacteria will thrive, therefore proper remediation is important to lower the risk of exposure.
Most of the health effects associated with exposure to these bacteria involve the gastrointestinal tract, including vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pains. Additionally, liver and skin problems are common results of exposure to some of these pathogenic microorganisms. As with many environmental issues, children, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk for health problems.
If your home or business has recently suffered flooding or sewage system backup, please contact us and one of our knowledgeable representatives can assess your home for these dangerous pathogens to help reduce your risk of exposure and protect your health and the health of your loved ones and employees.