From washing your clothes to taking a relaxing shower after work, it's nearly impossible to live without plumbing in your home. But even when you think all is well, your plumbing may not be working as well as it should. In fact, it might be making you sick. Continue reading to learn three ways your plumbing could be making you and your family ill and how you can avoid potential health issues.
Leaky faucets can cause more than that annoying drip that keeps you up at night. If left unchecked, plumbing leaks cause higher levels of moisture inside your home, which sets the stage for black mold to grow. Even the smallest of mold spores can cause respiratory illnesses to those with weak immune systems, infection, and trigger allergy symptoms. If you are already aware of mold in your home, take steps to ensure it’s eradicated so you and your family can be safe again.
Aside from massive flooding from burst pipes, sewer backups are by far the worst plumbing issue you can face. In addition to the cosmetic damage it causes, septic tank issues can threaten your health as well. Sewer backup into your home puts you at risk of contracting E.coli, hepatitis, and Salmonella. One of the best ways to ward off potential problems is to make sure that your sewer lines are kept clear. One of the most common causes of sewer backup is overgrown tree roots so make sure those aren’t interfering with your sewer lines. In addition, invest in a sump pump that can collect excess water to avoid overflow.
A clogged drain is usually nothing more than an annoyance, which is easily fixed. But when left to fester, a clogged drain is also the perfect breeding ground for dangerous mold growth. If you develop a clog that doesn't clear, it's best to enlist the help of a qualified plumber. You can also prevent clogs by buying strainers that catch hair and soap scum in the bathroom as well as food scraps in the kitchen sink. Make a point of emptying and cleaning any drain catchers you have on a weekly basis to avoid potential clogging.
As much as we rely on our plumbing, it's easy to forget about the importance of maintenance. Take the time to inspect the most common sources of plumbing issues and if any issues are found, repair them as soon as possible. Sometimes, it's as easy as replacing a broken washer. Simple repairs can become major expenses if left unchecked.