The health risk from exposure to sewage is dependant on 3 key factors:
- Microbes present
- Duration of exposure
- Method of exposure
The bacteria in raw sewage can enter the body via the nose, mouth, inhalation and open wounds; skin contact alone does not pose a health risk. However the most common method of infection is through drinking contaminated water or hand to mouth transmission.
Viruses are able to survive in the environment depending on a few factors:
- Type of surface contaminated
- Whether disinfectants are used
- Environmental conditions
If you notice water gushing from a manhole or a slow leak, it may be the start of a sewer spill. Do not dismiss wet areas that cannot be accounted for. You will need to be aware of:
When we say we are the experts we mean it. All of our Rentokil Specialist Hygiene technicians are trained with industry leading RSPH qualifications, making them specialists in all types of hygiene cleaning and disinfection environments. We are always on hand to provide expert advice and recommendations on all manner of cleaning and disinfection services - alternatively you can book a FREE appointment with your local Rentokil Hygiene specialist by contacting us online.