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Can just smelling sewage make you sick?

We had a major rain last night & a strong sewage smell came up thru our drain in the basement. That's never happened before & I have reported it to the city. But I was wondering if just breathing in that crap (literally! -lol :P) can make you sick?!

 
mrsmom110

Asked by mrsmom110 at 11:25 AM on Aug. 19, 2011 in Health

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Answers (9)
  • Is there sewage on the floor,or just the smell?
    The smell can't or all plumbers would be dead,lol!
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 11:27 AM on Aug. 19, 2011

  • I think you could become ill, not from the smell per se, but from the microscopic fecal material that goes airborne.

    I'm dismayed that I typed that gross of a sentence before noon even.
    Brawnwyn

    Answer by Brawnwyn at 11:28 AM on Aug. 19, 2011

  • yes the fumes can make you sick
    kpav

    Answer by kpav at 11:33 AM on Aug. 19, 2011

  • i don't believe that you can get sick from smelling sewage (except if it makes you gag)
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:34 AM on Aug. 19, 2011

  • http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/factsheets/hydrogensulfide.htm


     


    Maybe it can...do you smell a rotten egg smell?

    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:36 AM on Aug. 19, 2011

  • throwing up***YUCK***           Yeah ... I'd probably feel sicko!!

    isismoon3

    Answer by isismoon3 at 11:50 AM on Aug. 19, 2011

  • My mom will get a major headache from even the slightest smell of sewer.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:32 PM on Aug. 19, 2011

  • Yes! Anytime I smell sewage, I wanna barf! It's a common reaction I think.
    onelove1982

    Answer by onelove1982 at 3:42 PM on Aug. 20, 2011

  • I'm dismayed that I typed that gross of a sentence before noon even.


    Answer by Brawnwyn 2 minutes ago


    sidesplittinglaughterYes I  know it is a disgusting topic!  Thank God it was just the smell & not the "rest"! 


            Butterflyblue: LOL!!  Didn't think of that one!  That's one job I would never want!  No wonder they are paid well!  :p

    mrsmom110

    Comment by mrsmom110 (original poster) at 11:33 AM on Aug. 19, 2011