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Could a Sewage Backup Cause Lingering Bacteria?

Could a Sewage Backup Cause Lingering Bacteria?

Sewage system damage is frustrating and dangerous. Bacteria can form when sewage water sits on the ground or in your plumbing. This can cause harm to you or your family if left untreated. There is only one way to know if it is a danger to you and your family. That is by bringing in a professional plumber to test the water. A plumbing professional will tell you the type of bacteria in your system. They can also talk to you about its danger level. If the bacteria is widespread and dangerous enough, you may have to move. This is temporary until they remove the sewage water and repair your plumbing.

Types of Bacteria

A plumber will take and study the samples from your home. They will find at least one of three types of bacteria in the sewage water. These include parasitic, pathogenic, and saprophytic bacteria. Below, there is information on each of these bacteria. We also go over the harm they can cause to you and your family.


Parasitic bacteria are the most common bacteria in sewage water. These can live within human fecal matter. If the sewage water contains human feces, this can cause problems. This bacteria can cause dangerous diseases, such as malaria. Malaria kills over 400,000 people worldwide each year.


Pathogenic bacteria is anything that can cause you to get sick. The most common illnesses given to humans from this bacteria are Salmonella and E. coli. Although they affect everyone in different ways, you should not ignore this bacteria. Testing is a must if you plan on finding this before it is too late.


Saprophytic is common. These are welcomed within sewage water. This is because of its ability to break down waste into inorganic and organic matter. If your tester finds this, they can cut out all contamination within the water.

Call Us Today

Sewage water can lead to bacteria forming underneath the home. It can cause you and your family harm, especially when it comes to your health. This is why we recommend our professionals at Robert Bair Plumbing, Heating, and Air. Our experienced staff can help test the water for bacteria and fix your plumbing issue. If we find bacteria in your home, we can go over how to fix it. Call us today to go over your plumbing concerns. 


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