Hazardous Effects of Failing Septic Systems

February 6th, 2018 | By | Posted in Uncategorized |
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Health Hazards

We all know septic system problems can be messy, unpleasant, and cost you money. But did you know that they can also endanger your health, your family’s health, and the health of the environment? With one-third of Americans relying on underground septic systems, this is a serious concern.

The most serious effects of an old or malfunctioning septic system are the spread of germs and disease. If you suspect your system is failing, contact a Covington, GA, septic service immediately. A leaking septic tank can quickly contaminate groundwater supplies, spreading serious and even deadly diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis, dysentery, and acute gastrointestinal illnesses. Contaminated water can be high in nitrates, which are especially dangerous to infants, and can result in the potentially fatal “blue baby” syndrome.

Environmental Hazards

A failing septic system also poses environmental hazards. Leaking systems can pollute lakes, rivers, and oceans. This is a serious concern for those who live on or near waterfront property. Untreated sewage can leach so-called “nutrients” into recreational waters. These nutrients, mainly nitrogen and phosphorus, then create both health and environmental hazards. If you see damp areas on your drain field, or notice unpleasant odors, call a Covington, GA, septic company right away. They can diagnose the problem and give a quote on repair, maintenance, or replacement.

Excess nutrients in water leads to the overgrowth of unsightly algae, which can block sunlight and destroy beneficial water plants.  In turn, this can cause desirable species, such as crab and salmon, to disappear. Algae also use up oxygen, leading to the demise of fish and other aquatic animal life. Leaking nutrients can also cause the undesirable overgrowth of water plants.

These unpleasant effects not only destroy the beauty of recreational waters, they make it more difficult to enjoy aquatic sports such as fishing, swimming, boating, and skiing. Contaminated recreational water can cause eye and ear infections, as well typhoid and hepatitis. Such disease outbreaks can cause the closing of public beaches, fishing areas, and commercial shellfish farms.

What You Can Do to Help

A well-maintained septic system is an effective and eco-friendly way to dispose of and clean household wastewater. Used water is naturally filtered through layers of sand and gravel. This removes germs and bacteria, keeping drinking water safe. If your septic system is getting old, or you’re having problems with it, call a septic service in Covington today, and keep your family—and the environment—healthy.

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