How Plumbing Problems Affect Your Health

In addition to being a nuisance, plumbing problems pose a health hazard to you and your family. Putting off a repair won't save you money – especially when your family's health takes a turn for the worse because of it. Below are some ways your body might be affected by poor plumbing.

In the Kitchen – Pollutants in Your Drinking Water

Your body's health is directly affected by what you put into it, and that means your water. Drinking water from the tap is generally a safe practice. However, if you are experiencing plumbing issues, this can be one of the most dangerous things to do. Here's why:

  • Pollutants: Pollutants might enter your water at its source, but this is pretty well-regulated by the city. Other pollutants can enter if your pipes are old and cracking, though. Dirt will find its way into your drinking water, and that is coupled with metal and minerals that can cause you discomfort. Over time, you will likely experience stomach problems due to the poor drinking water.
  • Toxins: This is the really gross thing – sometimes water in your septic tank backflows and that means you might be drinking black water. Black water contains grease and buildup found in kitchen sinks. In some instances, your sewage and tap water might even mix before coming out of your faucet! A number of diseases are spread this way, including the swine flu. Regular plumbing inspections can prevent a multitude of health problems by catching this problem early.

In the Bathroom – Mold in the Air

Problems with mold buildup can be found throughout your home, but the bathroom provides the perfect environment for dangerous black molds. Mold likes wet places, and between the shower, toilet, and sink, bathrooms are natural wet zones. Keeping mold under control isn't too difficult – until pipe sealants start cracking and you don't notice the seeping water right away. Once black mold starts growing, it will:

  • Intensify Lung Problems: If you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma or another lung disorder, black mold will magnify it. In young children, inhaling mold can also lead to the development of lung disorders.
  • Irritate Skin: Mold is known to irritate people's skin. Frequent rashes, itchiness, and dry skin can be a result of mold exposure. Keeping your plumbing up-to-date will help eliminate both the mold and your skin discomfort.
  • Cause Allergy Symptoms: Mold can also cause your allergies to act up. Some of these symptoms include itchy, swollen eyes, a stuffy nose, and coughing. If you have unaccounted for allergies, consider indoor mold as a likely culprit.

Other Areas of Your Home Affected by Poor Plumbing

The kitchen and bathroom aren't the only places affected by poor plumbing. When there is a plumbing problem, any part of your home could turn into a source of disease and discomfort. Here are other places to check frequently:

  • Laundry Room: Broken pipes and aged sealants can cause water to leak in a laundry room. This leads to contaminants in your flooring (as well as water damage) as well as mold growth and exposure to black water.
  • Outdoors: Pipes running to the septic tank can be damaged by weather, landscaping, and age. Black water could enter your garden and poison your vegetables. Even if you don't have a garden, it releases toxins into the air that you breathe in regularly.

Keeping your family healthy means more than washing your hands often and eating your vegetables. In fact, if you have plumbing issues in your home, these two practices could actually make you sicker rather than healthier! To avoid spreading disease and contaminants, make sure your plumbing works correctly by arranging for professional inspections every year. When you do experience a problem, contact a plumber for additional info right away and to promote your family's well-being.