[quote="Adina_King, post:1, topic:35300"]
I live in a lovely finished basement apartment. The landlord renovated it with many modern details, but the recurring septic backup problems are leaving me less than satisfied... a little concerned actually. Last month the showers overflowed into the bathroom with sewage water, rising two inches and spilling out into my hallway. It was cleaned up promptly, bleached intently by me twice, yet still I feel doubtful. I have mild skin irritation and many stomach problems since this occurrence.
Has anyone had experienc with something like this before? Is there a test that I should require the landlord do on my apartment? How about a solution so this doesnt continue to back flood sewage into my house.
You cleaned this mess yourself??? Well, there lies your health problem. You should have NEVER touched or cleaned the raw sewerage yourself. This stuff is exceptionally dangerous and could make anyone very sick if not handled or cleaned properly. Due to the severity of the difficulties sewage may cause, there are distinct types and processes for the treatment of sewage cleanup. YOU should have immediately left this place once the sewage back-up was apparent and contacted sewage clean-up personnel.
I'm pretty sure that raw sewage water has oozed into/under walls or floor coverings. Were these areas cleaned properly? The activity of this sewage damage cleanup becomes many times more difficult than what you already did yourself. Each infected surface and area touched by the raw sewage has to be taken care by utilizing the correct antiseptic. Then a sewage clean-up specialist must review everything completely before permitting use of any of those substances in the parts of your living. Bacteria and mold could develop in concealed areas that might create a health risk for anyone living in this or adjoining units. This must be verified ASAP.
IMO, I feel you should evacuate your home instantly and contact a professional sewage clean up company. This could be an inconvenience for you, but it will be advantageous for you and your household's welfare. Then you should visit you physician and have him/her check your sickness and skin irritation to determine if it's related to this sewage back-up.
Remember: Safety First. You can always clean up the minor mess at a future point in time.