How Plumbing Maintenance Can Affect Your Health

In a developed country like the United States, you may not think very often about your plumbing or how it’s functionality affects you. But the United Nations estimates that 1.5 million children globally die annually due to lack of plumbing maintenance and poor sanitation. Over a billion people in less developed countries lack access to toilets or latrines. The waste is therefore in the open which is why the second leading cause of death in children under five years old is by disease caused by open waste. These statistics show why plumbing maintenance is so important for your health.

Leaks and Mold

Due to the fact that moisture causes mold growth and mold can be detrimental to your health, it’s important that you identify and fix all leaks in your home. The problems that you are likely to see from exposure to mold are respiratory. These problems can range from mild to severe and can be either infrequent or chronic.

Water Temperature

Of all burn incidents that occur, 20 percent are from hot water scaldings. In addition to the scalding itself, it can also cause the victim to slip and fall, broken bones, and heart attacks so it’s important to avoid these situations. The best way to avoid scaldings is to have anti-scald devices in your home. These only allow water at or below a certain temperature to exit the fixtures.

Wastewater Backup and Cross-Contamination

There are two ways that cross-contamination can occur; backpressure and back-siphonage. Backpressure happens when the pressure downstream is greater than the supply pressure being caused by a temperature increase in boilers, pumps, or a drop in supply pressure. Back-siphonage happens when there is a significant drop in water pressure in the supply line. Water main breaks or usage of a fire extinguisher can cause this. There are several things that can be used to protect from the backup of wastewater. Double check valves, reduced pressure zone backflow preventers, and backwater valves use different systems that can prevent water from continuing to flow if it begins to flow in the wrong direction.

Septic System

A good way to avoid any potential health problems due to plumbing issues is to keep an eye on your septic tank. Make sure you know where the leach field is and ensure there are no dense or green areas. If there are any soggy areas or foul smells, that’s a sign something is wrong. Inside the home, slow drains, gurgling, or foul smells are signs that you have a problem with your septic tank. Knowing how to use and maintain your septic system is the best way to avoid any potential problems.
In a developed country like the United States it’s easy to get complacent with plumbing. But as we’ve seen with undeveloped countries, a lack of plumbing maintenance can lead to fatal diseases. These know-hows and tips will help you to ensure you don’t end up with a problem that can damage your health. If you have any plumbing issues in your home, call Accurate Plumbing Solutions to take care of the problem.


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