Your Septic System Might Be an Environmental Hazard

Your Septic System Might Be an Environmental Hazard

October 15, 2019

Septic systems are fairly common throughout Michigan, particularly in places where it’s impossible to connect homes to the public sewer system. While septic systems are perfectly safe if properly maintained, as a company that does septic cleaning in Bay City, MI and other areas, we’ve seen many tanks that posed real threats to the nearby environment, particularly water sources.

The dangers of wastewater

It might surprise you to learn that nearly 80 percent of all diseases worldwide are water-related. Furthermore, in the United States, septic tank systems are the largest contributor of wastewater-to-groundwater contamination.

Bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses thrive in wastewater and are easily spread when a septic tank is not pumped consistently. These unwelcome guests can cause a number of health issues, from headaches and abdominal cramps to skin, eye and respiratory infections. Other diseases caused by wastewater include Hepatitis A, typhoid, paratyphoid, bacillary dysentery, gastroenteritis and cholera. That’s why we encourage people to invest in septic cleaning in Bay City, MI.

Wastewater and environmental hazards

The biggest threat of unmaintained septic tank systems is the effect they have on drinking water, surface water and nearby water sources. A septic tank that has not been pumped in a long time or a system that is not properly functioning can lead to a multitude of problems. Many homeowners with a septic system also rely on wells for their drinking water. A leaking septic tank can contaminate a well, making it incredibly dangerous to drink this water.

Part of how a septic tank operates is by recycling the wastewater it receives and leaching it into the soil. However, if this system isn’t functioning as it should, the surface water found in the soil surrounding your home, as well as nearby water sources, will feel the impact. Your septic system could be leaking dangerous pathogens into streams, rivers and lakes your community enjoys and causing issues for your family, friends and neighbors.

There are number of ways to know if your septic system is causing problems, such as unpleasant odors, soggy soil or overflowing liquid in and around where your tank is set up. Your local health department might also run tests to determine if biological contamination has surfaced in local water sources.

Preventing septic system issues

If you suspect there’s an issue with your septic tank, you cannot delay in taking action. The longer you wait to address the problem, the worse the environmental hazard will be once you have someone come take a look at the system. Not to mention that the longer you wait, the more expensive the problem will be for you. An experienced septic system professional will address any problems, remove excess waste and rebalance the biome to ensure water is processed correctly.

The best way to prevent these issues is to schedule septic cleaning in Bay City, MI. For nearly 50 years, Michiganders have trusted Thornton Brothers Sewer Service for all of their specific system needs. Whether it’s an emergency situation or just routine maintenance, our team of professional technicians will work its hardest to ensure you and your family are safe from any wastewater contamination. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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