A septic tank should be pumped every three years to prevent waste from overflowing. This ensures a sanitary environment in and around the home and halts illnesses caused by sewage from spreading. To better understand the dangers of a full septic tank, some common health issues caused by sewage are discussed below.

Illnesses Associated With Full Septic Tanks

1. Campylobacteriosis

septicCampylobacteriosis infects about 1.3 million people every year. It’s caused by Campylobacter, a bacterium that flourishes in sewage systems. It produces intense, often bloody diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting, usually within two to five days of exposure. Children and those with compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to this infection.

2. Cryptosporidiosis

Cryptosporidiosis is a condition contracted from the parasite cryptosporidium, which is found in the feces of a contaminated person and spread via water sources. A septic tank is an ideal environment for this parasite to thrive. Symptoms emerge two to 10 days after infection and include loose, watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, dehydration, nausea, and vomiting.

3. Diarrheagenic E. Coli

Escherichia coli bacteria can be spread through different routes, including contaminated water sources. There are different strains of E. coli, but the telltale symptoms are bloody or watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea. Certain types of E. coli can lead to systemic infections that, in turn, lead to kidney failure, which can be life-threatening.



The best way to minimize the risk of developing any of these issues is to practice hygiene habits, such as washing your hands after using the restroom, maintaining a clean home, and pumping your septic tank regularly. Great Bear Septic Service offers septic pumping and sewer cleaning services to Putnam, Westchester, and Southern Dutchess counties in New York. They’re a trusted business who pride themselves on prompt, efficient service and superior customer care. Call (845) 621-0250 to schedule a septic tank pump or visit their website to browse their services.