Health Concerns with a Plumbing Backup

Health Concerns with a Plumbing Backup near Palm Springs, palm desert, cathedral city, Rancho Mirage, and the Coachella Valley

When sewer drains backup, it’s an obvious problem that needs to be addressed. There are obvious health concerns with a plumbing backup. Sewerage pouring onto your floors is a nightmare. It’s messy, it smells bad, and worst of all, it can make you sick. The bacteria present in sewer systems should always be contained to the sewer pipes. When the pipe is blocked up, it allows the bacteria to remain and grow.

Ok, but what if your drains are just draining slow? Not a big deal, right?


Slow draining pipes are just as much of a health concern as backed up drains. You’re standing in your shower and you have water at your ankles. You’re allowing that bacteria around you! A slow drain is a symptom of a possible failing sewer system. When the sewer systems are blocked, and the waste flow remains stagnant, the bacteria feeds on the waste and produces its own waste, most commonly in the form of H2S, or hydrogen sulfide gas. Hydrogen sulfide gas permeates the air, and when that happens you are at risk of inhaling the H2S gas and causing serious permanent damage to your body. When the H2S gas mixes with the mucus membrane that protects parts of your body, it turns into hydro sulfuric acid. This hydro sulfuric acid will cause permanent damage to your lungs, eyes, nose, etc.

The health concerns with a plumbing backup are real, and can easily be avoided.

A sewer or septic backup might seem like a minor inconvenience, but don’t let it turn into something much worse, a deadly gas that could threaten your whole family. If you have a sewer backup, call or text The Drain Guys at Sand ‘n Sea Drain Company. (760) 333-1857. Available Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 6 PM, and Saturdays by appointment.

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