Monday, September 19th, 2016
Blocked Drains Aren’t Just A Smelly Nuisance. They’re Also A Health Risk.
Blocked drains smell foul and if left untreated, are a health risk and can cause major structural damage, so imagine living next to open sewage for 15 years!
Blocked drains can create serious problems, not only to your property, but also to your health. Whether you have a blocked internal drain within your property or a blockage in external lateral drains that run to the public sewer, it’s recommended that you seek professional help as soon as possible to stop the problem from escalating. Internal drains are your responsibility, however, it’s the responsibility of your local water company to maintain and repair external drains that link to public sewers.
This is the problem that residents of East Bank, East London, a settlement in South Africa, have been suffering since 2001. Numerous reports and complaints to the local municipal offices have resulted in nothing. With a lack of playgrounds in the surrounding area, children end up playing next to open sewer conditions. What’s more, the filth caused by dirty, stagnant water and sewage slush is made worse by some residents dumping their rubbish there.
This example may seem a million miles away from the streets of our own capital city, yet London has suffered its fair share of drain and sewer problems over the years. It was only a few years ago that a sewerage leak in Waltham Abbey killed fish in a local brook – the cause was a blocked pipe.
Here’s a look at the causes of blocked drains and the health risks involved in exposure to raw sewage.
Blocked drains can be self-inflicted or affected by outside influences, so it’s important to seek professional help to identify the cause and location of the blockage. Main causes include:
As well as water resurgence, a blocked drain can also result in the following:
Contaminated water transmits viruses, bacteria and parasites. These can enter the body via hand to mouth, through skin contact such as scratches and cuts and even through breathing, resulting in the following:
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Photo by Siphokazi Vuso.